The Uber driver app on the windshield of UberX driver. (credit: The Washington Post / Getty Images)
Ride-hailing app Uber has lost another round in its battle with some drivers who filed a class-action lawsuit against it.
In August, US District Judge Edward Chen ruled that drivers should be allowed to form a class. Uber appealed that ruling straight to the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, but in a decision handed down yesterday, the appeals court declined to take up the case. The ruling doesn’t mean that Uber can’t challenge Chen’s class certification at a later time, but the company will first have to fully litigate its case.
That means that Uber may well have to make its case to a jury in Chen’s courtroom. He has scheduled a trial for June 2016, according to a report in Reuters. “We look forward to presenting the facts about how drivers use Uber with complete flexibility and control over their work to a jury,” Uber attorney Theodore Boutrous told the news service.
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