Investigation of potential Uber class action
Maurice Blackburn is investigating a potential class action against Uber on behalf of all taxi drivers, hire car drivers, licence holders and operators who were licenced to operate in the State of Victoria between 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2017.
We are investigating whether participants in the taxi and hire-car industry can recover damages as a result of Uber’s conduct between the period 1 January 2013 and 31 July 2017.
Maurice Blackburn has not yet completed its investigation. The proposed class action will only proceed if enough claimants register to participate and on the satisfactory completion of investigations being carried out by Maurice Blackburn.
Who can register an interest?
Registration is open to:
- Taxi drivers
- Taxi licence holders and operators
- Hire car drivers
- Hire car licence holders and operators.
who suffered a loss in earnings in the period from 1 January 2013 to 31 July 2017.
How do I register?
Register for the Maurice Blackburn class action.
On the registration portal, you can register your interest and details, and retain Maurice Blackburn to represent you in the potential 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; and
- 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 and/or hire car licences that you may have held during the relevant period;
- If you were a driver, your taxi and/or hire car driver identification number; and
- Your tax file number for the purposes of estimating any loss that you suffered during the relevant period.
Registration closes on 30 April 2018.
If you would like further information regarding the potential class action, please contact us at Uber@mauriceblackburn.com.au or on 1800 291 047. It might also assist you to check out our Frequently Asked Questions below.
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 being investigated is against Uber and various Uber entities. If commenced, proceedings will be conducted as a class action in the name of a Representative party on behalf of group members. The class action will determine the claim of the Representative and the common issues.
Registration in the potential 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 are currently investigating whether a class action is viable. We will update all registrants on the outcome of our investigations once they are completed.
We do not and cannot guarantee that a class action will be issued against Uber or that a successful outcome is certain if we do decide to proceed.
If the class action proceeds, Maurice Blackburn intends to seek damages for claimants in respect of losses sustained in the period 1 January 2013 to 31 July 2017 as a result of Uber’s alleged conduct.
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.
Further, if you are a class member only and not the class Representative (the person in whose name the proceeding will be 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.