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Uber “Kill Switch” Claim

Feb 5, 2024 | News

The class action against Uber by Maurice Blackburn is scheduled for the second week of March in the Supreme Court. It has been a long journey, and a long time coming.

Much work has been done by an extremely talented team to get here. Over 8000 registrants around Australia will be represented in this class action. Funded by international litigation experts Harbour litigation in excess of 20 million dollars.

It is alleged that Uber entered Australian jurisdictions knowing fully that it was a legal requirement for their drivers and vehicles to be licensed by the state government authority. They chose not to do that, leading to unfair market conditions and an unlevel playing field, giving Uber a commercial advantage.

For taxi and hire car operators, it led to a loss of income and the collapse of businesses, ultimately resulting in the collapse of taxi and hire car licenses, causing widespread financial hardship. No one knows what the outcome will be; this case has the potential to be one of the largest claims in Australia if successful. However, we must manage our expectations as there is still a long way to go.

It was governments around Australia that bent to Uber’s will, failing to protect hardworking migrant families who were operating within the law from a foreign company breaking the law. It will be very interesting to see what comes out.

I am proud that myself, Andre Baruch, and Nadav Prawer did the work to bring this class action to Maurice Blackburn.

I watch with interest!

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