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.
Am I eligible to join this class action?
You can register for the Uber class action if you were:
- A taxi driver, licence owner or operator
- A hire car driver, licence owner or operator
- A limousine car driver, licence owner or operator
- A charter vehicle car driver, licence owner or operator
- Licensed in Victoria between 1 April 2014 and 23 August 2017
- Licensed in New South Wales between 7 April 2014 and 18 December 2015
- Licensed in Queensland between 17 April 2014 and 9 June 2017
- Licensed in Western Australia between 10 October 2014 and 4 July 2016
- You are able to prove loss
About this class action
Our class actions lawyer Lizzie O'Shea takes you through the eligibility criteria for the Uber class action.
A decision about procedural matters was handed down on 20 December 2019. The judge rejected a number of applications made by the defendants, which was a good outcome. The judge also ordered the plaintiff to redraft some of the pleadings to more clearly explain a particular part of the case. We are confident we will be able to promptly comply with this order and keep the case moving forward.
We are still considering this decision, and we will provide a further update in the new year.
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:
- a Retainer and Costs Agreement with Maurice Blackburn
- 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.
The class action was filed in the NSW Supreme Court on 16 December 2020.
Registration is now open.
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.
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.
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.
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