On November 20, 2015, after 45 days of negotiations, Uber Technologies Inc. reached a $1,785,913 settlement over claims that the popular ride-sharing company misrepresented airport fees it charged to consumers in California. It is estimated that in 2013 and 2014 more than 350,000 Uber riders paid the company between $1.25 and $4.50 per trip to and from various California airports for “airport fee tolls.” Uber claimed that the airports charged the tolls it collected, however, the lawyers in the class action suit contended that the Uber drivers pocketed the money.
The settlement is particularly noteworthy because class members will be reimbursed for 100% of the fees they were charged and will not have to submit claim forms. Any remaining settlement funds that cannot be credited to class members will go to cy pres recipients, the National Consumer Law Center and East Bay Community Law Center. Attorney for plaintiffs Todd Schneider commented, “We commend Uber for doing the right thing in reimbursing its customers 100% of the fees that they were charged.”
Uber is still involved in a similar suit brought by the district attorneys for San Francisco and Los Angeles over the airport fee toll.