Key points of the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday, July 3 in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, state:
- Uber is a transportation service subject to regulation.
- Uber violates Maryland’s antitrust laws by engaging in price fixing and predatory pricing schemes.
- Uber is “cherry picking” the best fares from the most lucrative areas while failing to provide services to lower-income areas, which harms legal taxicab and sedan drivers.
According to Vice President of Yellow & Checker Cab Dwight Kines, “This is really all about protecting our drivers and the public. They’re the ones suffering from this un-level playing field and the illegal tactics that Uber uses to make large profits.”
This is not the first and certainly will not be the last lawsuit filed against Uber. Across the country, in cities such as Houston, Chicago and San Francisco, lawsuits ranging from personal injuries, discrimination and death have been filed by UberX passengers, drivers and pedestrians.
Not only does Uber and other so-called ‘ridesharing’ companies continue to defy local regulations established to protect public safety, but in doing so, they discriminate against disabled communities and low-income neighborhoods.
Stay tuned to learn more about this Maryland lawsuit.