Uber to pay $28.5M to settle safety ad lawsuits
12 February 2016, 23:20
San Francisco — Uber says it will pay $28.5 million to settle two lawsuits that said the ride-hailing firm misled customers about its safety procedures and fees.
The company on Thursday told a federal judge in San Francisco that it wants to settle the class-action lawsuits by paying about 25 million riders who made trips between Jan. 1, 2013, and Jan. 31, 2016.
The judge must still approve the deal.
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The lawsuits attacked Uber for charging a fee of up to $2.30 per trip for what the ride-hailing firm called industry-leading background checks on drivers. In fact, Uber doesn't do the kind of fingerprint checks required of taxi drivers.
Under the settlement, Uber would stop using certain "safety-related" advertising language and would rename its "Safe Ride Fee" as a "Booking Fee."