Uber Eats, Postmates, Grubhub and DoorDash face proposed class action lawsuit over charging exorbitant fees midst coronavirus pandemic

In a proposed class action suit filed in Manhattan federal court, three customers have sued GrubHub, Postmates, DoorDash, and Uber Eats for allegedly exploiting their dominance in restaurant meal deliveries to impose fees that consumers ultimately bear through higher menu prices; this includes the current timeframe of the coronavirus pandemic when most U.S. cities are…

Anthony Levandowski pleads guilty for taking Google’s self-driving tech to Uber Technologies Inc

Anthony Levandowski, who has been closely associated with advancing self-driving car technology in the last decade, has agreed to plead guilty for taking sensitive documents from Google, his former employer, before he joined rival Uber Technologies Inc. As part of the plea deal with federal prosecutors, he will serve no more than 30 months in…

Former head of Uber’s self-driving unit Anthony Levandowski files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Anthony Levandowski, the former head of Uber Technologies Inc’s self-driving technology unit, has filed for bankruptcy protection following a court order confirming that he must pay $179 million to Google to end a lawsuit over his split from Alphabet Inc’s Waymo. In December, an arbitration panel had ruled that Levandowski, a former key engineer in…

Uber closing customer support office in downtime Los Angeles

Uber Technologies Inc will be closing its office in downtown Los Angeles in order to focus on its bigger locations. This office used to employ staff for customer support. The development will impact 80 jobs. Uber’s spokesman confirmed the closure in a statement. Customer support jobs will be shifted Uber’s office in Manila, reported the…

Chicago’s city counsel approves tax surcharge on ride-hailing services

In a significant development, Chicago’s city counsel has approved a proposal which will see an imposition of increased taxes on certain ride-hailing trips. The move is aimed at combating traffic congestion in the city. Incidentally, the city counsel and ride providers have accused each other of penalizing low-income passengers. As per Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan,…

Malaysia Competition Commission imposes $20 million fine on Grab for violating competition law

MyCC has imposed a daily penalty of 15,000 ringgit starting from today for as long as Grab fails “to take remedial actions as directed by the commission in addressing the competition concerns”. On Thursday, Malaysia’s competition regulator proposed to levy a fine of $20.53 million (86 million ringgit) on ride-hailing firm Grab for violating the…

FB’s cryptocurrency get major backing

Backers include PayPal, Visa Inc, Uber Technologies Inc and Mastercard Inc. In a significant development, Facebook Inc’s cryptocurrency has received backing from more than a dozen companies including PayPal Holdings Inc, Visa Inc, Uber Technologies Inc and Mastercard Inc. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, each company will invest nearly $10 million…