Judge Blocks Uber From Arbitrating Background Check Suits

Law360, Los Angeles (June 10, 2015, 5:17 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday refused to allow Uber Technologies Inc. to send to arbitration two putative class actions in which drivers allege the company violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act by running background checks without authorization.

Denying Uber's motions to compel arbitration in the cases, which were filed by drivers in the San Francisco Bay area and in Boston, U.S. District Judge Edward M. Chen ruled that arbitration provisions in 2013 and 2014 employment contracts were unenforceable, partly because they were difficult to locate.

Uber had argued in February that the drivers signed contracts in which they agreed to...

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