Uber class action

Maurice Blackburn has filed a class action against Uber on behalf of participants in the taxi, hire-car, limousine and charter vehicle industry. We started this class action in response to losses suffered by drivers, licence owners, and operators, when Uber entered the Australian market.

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Case updates

This class action was filed on 3rd May 2019

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Registration is now open

About the Uber class action

Our class actions lawyer Lizzie O'Shea takes you through the eligibility criteria for the Uber class action.

How do I register for the Uber class action?

On the registration portal, you can register your details, and retain Maurice Blackburn to represent you in the class action.

As part of the online registration process, you will be asked to enter into two agreements:

  1. a Retainer and Costs Agreement with Maurice Blackburn
  2. a Funding Agreement with Harbour Fund III, L.P.

We also require you to provide us with the following as part of registration:

  • information about any taxi, hire car, limousine and/or charter vehicle licences that you may have held during the relevant period (including licence number, category, type and dates you held the licence)
  • if you were a driver, your driver identification or licence number.

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Want to find out more?

If you would like further information regarding the potential class action, please contact us at Uber@mauriceblackburn.com.au or on 1800 291 047.

Please bear in mind that our phone lines and inbox may be quite busy with queries during this period. We will endeavour to respond to your calls and emails as soon as we can and thank you for your patience and understanding.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where seven or more people have claims that arise out of similar circumstances (such as in this case), a class action can be brought by one claimant on their own behalf and as a representative of others.

The class action process saves time and expense and avoids the need for the courts to determine common issues of fact or law more than once and enables disputes and claims involving large numbers of people to be resolved via a single case.

The claim is against Uber and various Uber entities. The claim is for lost income and loss in licence values for participants in the taxi and hire car / limousine /charter vehicle industries.

Nothing. The action is being run on a no win, no fee basis.

Registering for the Uber class action will not expose you to any out of pocket costs. Unless and until there is a successful outcome, all costs will be borne either by Maurice Blackburn or the litigation funder, Harbour.

In the event of a successful outcome, any costs payable to either Maurice Blackburn or the funder will be deducted from, and will not exceed, any compensation that you are entitled to receive.

We think this case is winnable and are working with senior barristers who also share this view.

Maurice Blackburn is seeking damages for claimants in respect of losses sustained as a result of Uber's alleged conduct in the relevant loss periods (i.e. the period in which Uber operated illegally) for Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia.

This includes both loss in licence value and lost income. It is not possible to be more specific at this stage.

Nothing.

Under the terms of the Funding Agreement, Harbour Fund III, L.P. will pay any costs order which may be made against the class Representative (in Australia, the losing side in litigation is typically ordered to pay a proportion of the winning side’s costs) and will provide any security for costs ordered by the Court.

As a member of the class (and not the class representative, in whose name the case has been brought), an adverse costs order may not be made directly against you in respect of the class action.

Harbour Litigation Funding Limited is a leading global funder with hubs in the UK and Asia-Pacific. Further information can be found at https://www.harbourlitigationfunding.com/

Yes. There is a 21 day cooling off period under both the Retainer and Costs Agreement and Funding Agreement, which stipulate that you may terminate each agreement by providing notice in writing.

Case documents & In the media

Uber class action news

Media Statement Uber set for epic Supreme Court showdown as class action is filed

Global ridesharing giant Uber will face potentially one of Australia’s biggest class actions, as thousands of taxi, hire car, charter vehicle and limousine drivers and licence owners across the country join forces to hold Uber accountable for destroying their livelihoods.

Media Statement Uber class action gathering pace throughout Queensland

Taxi and limousine drivers, operators and licence owners will gather at Brothers Rugby, Crosby Park in Albion today, as part of a series of public meetings taking place across the country this week for those looking to start a class action against Uber for operating unlawfully.

Media Statement Uber class action gathers pace on the Gold Coast

Taxi and limousine drivers, operators and licence owners will gather at the CSi Club in Southport today, as part of a series of public meetings taking place across the country this week for those looking to start a class action against Uber for operating unlawfully.

Media Statement Uber class action gathers pace throughout regional WA

Regional taxi and hire car drivers, operators and licence owners from Western Australia will gather in Mandurah today, as part of a series of public meetings taking place across the country for those looking to start a class action against Uber for harm caused by their unlawful operations.

In the News - Financial Review Uber faces Victorian taxi industry class action over illegal operation

Victorian taxi and hire car drivers are being offered the chance to join a class action against US-based ride sharing giant Uber, with claims operators were slugged because the company was illegally operating in the state for four years.

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