Prosecutors in San Francisco and Los Angeles Sue Uber, Settle With Lyft


Prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco announced a settlement with ridesharing company Lyft on Tuesday for making “false and misleading statements” to consumers about background checks for vetting drivers, but filed a similar lawsuit against Uber.

The civil suit against Uber alleges that the company not only made “untrue and misleading” statements about the checks, according to a statement from the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey, but has also been illegally operating at airports across the state and charging San Francisco riders a “fraudulent” $4 airport fee despite drivers not paying one to the airport. The suit seeks civil penalties as well as reimbursements for affected customers.

At a press conference, according to Bloomberg, the prosecutors said Uber had touted strict vetting requirements to justify a $1 “safety fee” passed onto riders, “when in fact taxi drivers by law undergo more comprehensive background checks…

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