Rakoff Slams 'Legal Fiction' In Nixing Uber Arbitration Bid

Law360, New York (July 29, 2016, 11:37 PM EDT) -- Uber can't force a customer to arbitrate his proposed class action alleging the company and its CEO fixed ride prices, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff said Friday in a searing ruling that called consumer consent to arbitration agreements online a "legal fiction."

The prominent Manhattan federal judge denied Uber Technologies Inc.'s bid to push rider Spencer Meyer's suit accusing the company's CEO, Travis Kalanick, of colluding with drivers to hike prices into arbitration, but also took aim at the way courts view assent to arbitration agreements in general, according to Friday's order.

In the world of the internet, Judge Rakoff wrote,...

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