San Francisco DA Denounces Uber Background Checks

Previously, it was discovered that 25 Uber drivers in Los Angeles and San Francisco had previous convictions including sex offenders, identity thieves, burglars, kidnappers, and a murder when they received citations by airport police.  On August 18, San Franciscan District Attorney George Gascón along with Jackie Lacey of the Los Angeles District Attorney Office filed [...]

By | August 20th, 2015|Uber|Comments Off on San Francisco DA Denounces Uber Background Checks

California Public Utilities Commission Judge Recommends that Uber be fined $7.3 Million and Suspended From Operating in California

On July 15, 2015, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) chief administrative law judge Karen V. Clopton recommended that Uber should be fined $7.3 million and be suspended from operating in California for failing to comply with the CPUC regulations.  According to the findings of Judge Clopton, Uber has failed to give regulators enough information about [...]

By | July 16th, 2015|Uber|Comments Off on California Public Utilities Commission Judge Recommends that Uber be fined $7.3 Million and Suspended From Operating in California

California Labor Commission Finds Uber Drivers Are Employees

On June 3, 2015, the California Labor Commission held that Uber Drivers are employees, not independent contractors, in a decision with broad potential implications for Uber’s business model.  Uber has consistently claimed that its drivers are independent contractors, and that Uber is merely a “technology platform” and not a transportation provider.  Uber driver Barbara Ann [...]

By | June 18th, 2015|Uber|Comments Off on California Labor Commission Finds Uber Drivers Are Employees

State Farm, Geico, and Allstate Won’t Insure Uber X Drivers

According to the San Francisco Chronicle article of November 24, 2014, State Farm, Geico, and Allstate are not providing coverage to Uber and other “ride share services”. The largest insurer, State Farm, said it would not cover ride service activities.  “We do not insure livery use, therefore, customers should not depend on their personal auto [...]

By | November 26th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on State Farm, Geico, and Allstate Won’t Insure Uber X Drivers

Uber’s Proposed War on its Press Critics

On November 19, 2014, the San Francisco Chronicle broke a story from BUZZFEED that a senior executive at Uber suggested the company consider hiring opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company. [...]

By | November 20th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on Uber’s Proposed War on its Press Critics

Second Uber Driver’s Arrest Shines the Light on Uber’s Failed Safety Policies

Uber has not publicly demonstrated it actually does the police background checks that SF cab drivers are forced to undergo as a condition of being able to carry passengers. Uber has steadfastly refused to obtain the one million dollar insurance coverage  that cover vehicles driven by San Francisco taxi drivers whose companies are required to [...]

By | September 29th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on Second Uber Driver’s Arrest Shines the Light on Uber’s Failed Safety Policies

Uber Seeks A Protective Order to Block All Public Disclosure of Whether It Complies With Law

A group of San Francisco taxi drivers, who have undergone police background checks, drive cars with meters that have regulated rates to prevent consumer gouging, have the Statutorily required insurance to protect passengers as well as third parties in the event of an accident, and drive vehicles that have undergone periodic safety checks, all of [...]

By | June 18th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on Uber Seeks A Protective Order to Block All Public Disclosure of Whether It Complies With Law

Does Uber Really Do Background Checks?

Every time you get in a cab in San Francisco, your driver has been subjected to thorough background check by the San Francisco police department. Also, the cab you get into has one million in insurance, and the car has to meet inspection standards.  And, the meter that sets your fare has been checked.  Those [...]

By | June 6th, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on Does Uber Really Do Background Checks?

SF Airport Police Warn Against Using Uber

In a remarkable piece of investigative journalism, on June 3, 2014, Channel 11 in San Jose uncovered massive violations of the law by Uber drivers operating at SFO, including having no insurance, unlicensed drivers, unregistered vehicles, and ignoring Airport transportation rules. Click here to read the full article: Uber, Lyft and Sidecar Operate at SFO [...]

By | June 3rd, 2014|Uber|Comments Off on SF Airport Police Warn Against Using Uber

Uber’s Motion to Dismiss SF Taxi Drivers Suit Defeated

On November 20, 2013, Judge Ernest Goldsmith of the San Francisco Superior Court rejected Uber Technologies attempts to throw out a suit brought by San Francisco taxi drivers seeking compensation for unfair completion from Uber.  The taxi drivers all drive vehicles that comply with the legal requirements of the CA PUC and SFMTA including one [...]

By | December 16th, 2013|Uber|Comments Off on Uber’s Motion to Dismiss SF Taxi Drivers Suit Defeated