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Uber sued for false advertising by California taxi companies

John Ribeiro | March 20, 2015
Taxi companies in California have sued Uber Technologies in a federal court, charging the ride-hailing smartphone app company with misleading advertising regarding the safety of its rides.

"Uber does not require that its UberX drivers take a driver safety training course, nor does it provide any other substantive safety training," according to the complaint. This is said to reflect in the drivers not knowing how to get to even the major intersections in cities and relying almost exclusively on GPS, besides lacking in courtesy and driving unsafely, according to the cab companies.

Uber could not be immediately reached for comment.

The company has been charged with violating the federal Lanham Act, which deals with false advertising, and California's False Advertising Law and Unfair Competition Law. The taxi companies have asked the court for a jury trial and an injunction on Uber's false advertising, besides an award of damages for which the amount was not specified.

 

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