Class action against Uber gets a lift across the country
28-Nov-2018 6:15 AM
Class action experts Maurice Blackburn Lawyers will expand its class action against Uber nationwide, with the Victorian Supreme Court claim to now also encompass taxi and hire car drivers, operators and licence owners in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia.
From today, drivers from New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia can register to join their Victorian counterparts in taking on Uber, by completing a simple online form at www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/uberclassaction
Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn, Elizabeth O’Shea, said there were no out of pocket costs or liability risk for registrants, with the case costs being underwritten by a third party litigation funder.
“Uber sells a notion that it’s just here to do things differently, but in reality and as we will allege, different has meant operating unlawfully and that has caused extensive loss and damage to law-abiding taxi and hire car operators and licence holders across the country,” Ms O’Shea said.
“It was Uber that came in and exploited people by operating outside of regulations, it was Uber’s conduct that led to decimating losses suffered by our group members and for those reasons it is the multi-billion dollar company Uber and its associated entities that we are targeting in order to provide redress to those affected.
“This class action will likely be one of the biggest in Australia on any measure – the number of people involved, the potential recovery of compensation for law-abiding operators and licence holders, and no doubt the extent of the fight we are anticipating from the defendants.
“We have a proud history of running the nation’s largest and toughest class actions and we believe that this is the best mechanism to pursue some meaningful form of justice and compensation for those who have had their lives turned upside down by Uber’s alleged illegal operation in Victoria, NSW, Qld and WA.
The registration site is www.mauriceblackburn.com.au/uberclassaction and it is now open to accept details.
Maurice Blackburn is Australia’s leading class action law firm, having recovered more than $2.6 billion for victims of mass wrongs since 1998. The firm is responsible for the nation’s largest class action recoveries. The proposed action is backed by Harbour Litigation Funding Limited, a leading global funder with hubs in the UK and Asia-Pacific.
“There are thousands of taxi and hire care operators and licence holders in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia and we anticipate strong interest from those that have felt the impact of Uber’s alleged unlawful entry into the Australian market, in addition to the 1000+ registrants already in Victoria alone,” Ms O’Shea said.
Breakdown of numbers across each state represented in the class action:
- Taxi licences as at August 2017 – 4,624
- Taxi drivers as at August 2017 – 16, 880
- Hire-car licences 2016/17 – 1,140
- Taxi licences as at 1 July 2015 – 7,285
- Taxi drivers as at 1 July 2015 – more than 22,000
- Hire-car licences as at 1 July 2015 – 1,700
- Taxi licences as at 2016 – 3,260
- Taxi drivers – 13,158
- Limousine licences as at 2016 – 583
- Taxi licences as at May 2015 – 2,547
- Taxi drivers – 6250
- Charter vehicle licences - 600
Media inquiries: Cameron Scott at Maurice Blackburn T 03)96052832 / 0400 876 466 E firstname.lastname@example.org
For state-based comment, please contact:
VIC: Rod Barton, President CPVAA, 0410585784
NSW: Martin Rogers, CEO NSW Taxi Council, 0423575519
WA: Athan Tsirigotis, Taxi Operators Legal Defence Group WA, 0412902571
QLD: Shane Holley, Cabs2000 Qld, 0401877289