Uber’s ride-hailing company may have to file for bankruptcy in the U.S.
Posted On July 23, 2021
Seo, the company that owns Uber and other ride-sharing services, is seeking to be a part of the American bankruptcy process after a lawsuit against the ride-share company filed by a California woman.
In a lawsuit filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, Lisa Sommers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, claiming she was discriminated against by the ride services company and the company’s drivers.
The suit was filed after a jury found Uber and the drivers liable for the death of a woman who died in a car crash after being struck by an Uber vehicle.
Uber is appealing the decision.
The California lawsuit filed by Sommars claimed the lawsuit filed against Uber is “without merit” and seeks $100 million in damages, the amount the California Attorney General’s Office sought for a separate lawsuit filed on behalf of her.
Sommer’s lawyer, Paul Koehler, told The Associated Press that he is not aware of the filing and declined further comment.
He said the lawsuit is likely a result of a lack of discovery in the case.
Uber declined to comment.
Sixty-two other people were injured in California in the crash.
Uber said in a statement Thursday that the company is “looking forward to working with the courts to determine if we can work with the woman who was the victim of this accident and to find a solution that protects our riders and drivers.”
The company has said that it is reviewing the lawsuit.
In August, Uber launched a test ride-hare service, UberX, that lets passengers hail cars from drivers’ homes and businesses, as well as customers’ homes.
UberX has been criticized for charging higher prices than UberX and its competitors and not providing drivers with any of the safety training they typically get.
A California appeals court ordered Uber to change its policies on ride-hire drivers.
Uber says it is working to address the problems that have led to lawsuits.
In May, Uber announced that it would begin using drones in the company fleet, and UberX will soon begin flying drones in autonomous vehicles.