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Delhi Uber case dismissed in US; private mediation between parties


In a surprise move, the woman from Delhi, who was raped by an Uber driver in December last year, has withdrawn her court case against the company in the United States, reports the Press Trust of India. The report added that in a notice filed in US District Court, Northern District of California, her lawyers submitted that “Plaintiff Jane Doe hereby voluntarily dismisses the above-captioned action against Defendant Uber Technologies with prejudice. Each side shall bear its own costs, expense expenses, and attorneys’ fees.” When contacted,Karun Arya, Uber’s communications lead for south-east Asia and India, declined to comment on the matter.

Earlier in January, Uber was sued by the victim for negligence & fraud in the US. federal court and had hired New York-based litigator Douglas Wigdor to look into the possibility of suing the online cab-hailing service in US courts since the company’s driver screening and passenger safety policies was formulated in the United States.

In April, Uber sought to dismiss the case and argued that it should not be held legally responsible for its driver’s act. The company then had stated:

While Plaintiff undoubtedly can state a claim against her alleged assailant, she cannot state a claim against Uber US, which is the wrong party. Nor does California law govern a dispute involving an alleged wrong committed by one Indian citizen against another Indian citizen, in India.

According to the company, the driver was contracted with its Netherlands-based entity Uber BV, which doesn’t operate in US and hence has no relationship with Uber US.

Other cases

– It’s worth noting that in April, rape charges against a Uber Boston driver were dropped earlier this week, after new evidence was presented to the court.

– In Orlando, a Uber driver was arrested and charged with battery in September 2014 after he allegedly put his hand down a female passenger’s shirt and drove around aimlessly while commenting on her looks.

– In July, a 25-year-old woman reported that a Uber driver sexually assaulted her in Washington D.C. after she had several drinks at a nightclub while celebrating her birthday and passed out in the car.

– In June, an Uber driver was accused of physically assaulting his passenger during an argument. The driver was charged with two misdemeanor battery counts.

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