The law firm Maurice Blackburn filed the case at the Victoria Supreme Court on behalf of drivers, operators and licensed owners from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia. It says more than 6,000 participants have already merged on a no-win-no-fee basis, and potential injuries can be "in hundreds of millions of dollars" per Reuters .
The company says plaintiffs are aiming to "keep Uber accountable for destroying their livelihoods", with case documents accusing Uber of illegally operating and helping their drivers do the same.
According to Maurice Blackburn, Uber has targeted Australian markets with less stringent transportation regulation, ignored local requirements to have a taxi or rent a license, and paid drivers fines when they were caught breaking the rules. This claims that the color could get Uber to quickly establish a strong presence in the relevant four markets that harmed licensed drivers' livelihoods.
Furthermore, the dress raises the controversial issue of "Greyball", a software update for the Uber app that showed fake "ghost cars" to users who thought to be transport employees, which gave the illusion the app worked while not allowing them to book any tours. The software is operated as Uber's version of a shadow path, mainly.
Elizabeth O & # 39; Shea, Senior Officer at Maurice Blackburn, commenting:
"Uber came in and exploited people by operating outside of regulations and it was Uber's behavior that led to horrendous losses being suffered by group members. we aimed at the multi-billion dollar company Uber and its affiliates to give those concerned. "
Uber said it had not yet been a sign of a costume but made it" denied this claim "and that the claim would be" heavily defended ”.
The legal challenge comes as Uber is preparing to become public in the US for a valuation of over $ 1