Class action investigation into Uber over unlawful conduct
21 November 2017
Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Australia’s leading class action law firm, has today opened registrations for taxi and hire car drivers, operators and licence owners regarding investigations the firm is undertaking over Uber’s alleged unlawful conduct in the Victorian market.
Maurice Blackburn, under instruction from the Victorian Hire Car Association (VHCA), is investigating allegations that from 2013 until midway through 2017 when new legislation came into effect, Uber was operating unlawfully, which caused extensive loss and damage to law-abiding taxi and hire car operators and licence holders.
It is the first proposed case of its type in Australia, with Canada the only other jurisdiction to pursue similar action.
Presenting to the Annual General Meeting of the VHCA today, Maurice BlackburnClass Action Principal Ben Sladesaid there were at least 6000 taxi and hire licence holders in the Melbourne metropolitan area that were impacted by the entry of Uber in allegedly unlawful circumstances.
“It’s no secret that Uber’s entry into the market, in many cases, has had devastating consequences for the livelihoods of existing licence holders and drivers in the Victorian taxi and hire car industries,” Mr Slade said.
“If our investigation reveals that Uber’s entry to the market involved unlawful conduct, there may be grounds for a class action to recover losses on the part of those affected.
“We know there are thousands of taxi and hire care operators and license holders and we would anticipate strong interest from those that have felt the impact of Uber’s alleged unlawful entry into the Victorian market.
“To those drivers and licence holders who are aggrieved and have suffered because of the way Uber entered the market, we invite them to register for our potential class action on our website from today, as we continue our investigation into the matter.”
Maurice Blackburn is Australia’s leading class action law firm, having recovered more than $2.5billion for victims of mass wrongs since 1998. The firm is responsible for the nation’s largest class action recoveries. The proposed action is backed by Harbour Litigation Funding Limited, a leading global funder with hubs in the UK and Asia-Pacific.