The consumer rights law firm of Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit against Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) on behalf of Uber drivers adversely affected by the company’s unfair business practices. The lawsuit, filed in the Camden County Superior Court of New Jersey on behalf of Edward Siperavage and other affected drivers, alleges that the company refused to honor its representations that certain vehicles were approved for the selective Uber BlackSUV platform, causing the plaintiffs to lose substantial amounts of income.
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More than three million people around the world earn a living using the Uber app to connect with passengers seeking rides. Uber maintains a high degree of control over its drivers’ work, dictating rates and controlling the make, model, and year of vehicles approved for transporting passengers. Uber offers a variety of levels of service based largely on vehicle type, including but not limited to UberX, UberComfort, UberBlack, and Uber BlackSUV. Drivers earn more per ride when passengers select higher service levels. UberBlackSUV is the highest available vehicle service offered by Uber.
The lawsuit alleges that in September 2019, Uber abruptly changed its vehicle eligibility requirements for Uber BlackSUV, removing multiple vehicles from its approved list and therefore cutting off all drivers who were using those vehicles to earn an expected rate. Specifically, the suit claims that the plaintiff Mr. Siperavage had purchased a black 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe with black leather interior for the purpose of driving for the Uber BlackSUV service. The lawsuit further alleges that, although Uber had represented that this specific make, model, and year was approved for use until 2024, the company removed the Chevy Tahoe from eligibility for Uber BlackSUV service. The suit claims that this action had the effect of restricting Mr. Siperavage to provide a lower-paying level of service, reducing his earnings by more than $200 per month.
Through the lawsuit the plaintiffs seek to represent the following Class of consumers:
Persons with an address in the State of New Jersey who, beginning six year prior to the filling of this Complaint and continuing through the conclusion of this action, (i) drive an eligible Acura MDX, Audi Q7, Chevrolet LTZ, Chevrolet Tahoe, Ford Expedition (non-Platinum series), Infinity QX60, Mercedes GL Class, Nissan Armada, Toyota Sequoia, and/or any other vehicle which was previously approved through Uber’s Uber BlackSUV service level and (ii) Defendant terminated the person’s access to the Uber BlackSUV service level following a change to vehicle eligibility requirement.
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This is the second class-action suit that Francis Mailman Soumilas, P.C. filed against Uber within the last year. In a nationwide class action filed on November 17, 2019 in the Northern District of California, our firm alleged that Uber unfairly suspended drivers for criminal offenses that they did not commit without giving them proper notice or the opportunity to dispute and inaccurate criminal history misattributed to them. For more information about this lawsuit, or to show your interest in joining the lawsuit CLICK HERE.
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