App-based taxi booking service Uber has been sued by the Delhi rape victim for negligence & fraud in the US federal court, reports The Guardian. This was quite an expected move after the victim had hired New York-based litigator Douglas Wigdor earlier this month, to look into the possibility of suing Uber in US courts since the company’s driver screening and passenger safety policies was formulated in the United States.
Wigdor has apparently said in the lawsuit that Uber’s focus on its bottom line over the safety of its passengers has led to what he describes as “modern day electronic hitchhiking” and this lawsuit should bring about changes that will protect people globally who are unaware of the risks of entering an Uber car. Note that we were not able to find any relevant lawsuit on US federal court website or the Northern District of California website at the time of writing this article.
It’s worth noting that Uber is already facing charges in California, after two California district attorneys had sued the company over background checks and misleading safety practices last month. Earlier this month, The California Department of Motor Vehicles had also said that drivers of Uber, Lyft and Sidecar register their vehicles as commercial, although the department later retracted this move, saying the matter still needs further review.
Uber is also facing a similar lawsuit in Portland and has been banned in several countries like China, Spain, Thailand, and US cities like South Carolina. Delhi transport department had also banned Uber last month and had later brought them under the radio taxi license. Uber had resumed operations in Delhi last week by applying for a radio taxi license, however the Delhi Transport authority had sent deficiency memos last week to various companies including Uber, asking them to fill in all the missing information in the application.
Uber had also said that it had opted for a no-profit model in Delhi until “the regulatory ambiguity is resolved”, however a unnamed Delhi transport official however told HuffingtonPost India that this move doesn’t make Uber legal and the ban on Uber will continue in the city and they will continue to impound Uber cabs who continue to operate in the city.