Uber pays Australian cab drivers $178 million.

Uber pays Australian cab drivers $178 million.

As per a legal firm representing taxi owners and drivers, Uber has consented to settle a lawsuit in Australia by paying A$271.8m ($178.3m; £140m).

Uber pays Australian cab drivers $178 million.
Uber pays Australian cab drivers $178 million.
More than 8,000 drivers and owners of taxis and hire cars filed the class action lawsuit with Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

The lawsuit said that when the massive ride-hailing company “aggressively” entered the nation, they lost their income. The legal company claimed that Uber “fought tooth and nail at every point along the way.”

“Since 2018, Uber has made significant contributions to various state-level taxi compensation schemes, and with today’s proposed settlement, we put these legacy issues firmly in our past,” Uber stated in a statement.

The amount of the proposed settlement was not disclosed by the corporation. “It would be inappropriate to comment on specifics until the agreement is finalised and the settlement is disclosed to the court,” stated the statement. In 2019, a class action lawsuit was brought against Uber in the Victoria State Supreme Court of Australia.

“Where so many other cases have failed, this one has succeeded. Lawsuits against governments were filed in Victoria, Queensland, and Western Australia, but all of them were unsuccessful, according to Michael Donelly, the principal attorney for Maurice Blackburn.

“What our group members asked for was not another set of excuses but an outcome, and today we have delivered it for them,” he said.

The proposed settlement must still be approved by the court as being in the best interests of the group members before any money is paid out.

Based in San Francisco Uber was established in 2009 and is now present in over 10,000 cities worldwide, as well as in about 70 countries.

Taxi drivers have protested it in cities all across the world over the years.

The business prevailed in a lawsuit filed by 2,500 French taxi drivers against it in December 2023.

Uber pays Australian cab drivers $178 million.
Uber pays Australian cab drivers $178 million.

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