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Uber drivers win legal battle in nationwide class action

Staff Writer | August 3, 2017
Paul B. Maslo, a Partner at the national litigation firm Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, is representing drivers in a nationwide class-action lawsuit against Uber in federal court in the Northern District of California.
Transportation   Maslo won a significant preliminary victory
Plaintiffs allege that Uber has breached their agreement ever since it instituted upfront pricing in August 2016.

Maslo won a significant preliminary victory for Plaintiffs when the court issued a decision late yesterday afternoon denying Uber's motion to dismiss.

Plaintiffs contend that their agreement requires Uber to use the same fare calculation to pay drivers as it uses to charge passengers.

But ever since Uber implemented upfront pricing, it has been using one fare calculation with aggressive estimated inputs for time/distance to determine what passengers pay and a completely separate fare calculation performed after the ride using actual inputs to determine drivers' compensation.

According to Maslo, "Because the upfront fare calculation always yields a higher amount, drivers have been getting the short end of the stick. The court's ruling recognizes that the agreement supports drivers' position and allows them to move forward with their case."

While there are several other cases against Uber based on its upfront pricing, Napoli Shkolnik is leading the charge and this is the first significant decision reached by any court.