SF Judge Sides with Driver in Uber Arbitration Bid
The judge called the contract “flatly inconsistent” and said she would not “massage this into arbitrability."
Uber is already preparing to take the matter to state appeals court.
This is just the latest in what might be described as a big legal hairball for the ride hailing industry as there have been grumblings about a class action suit as well as federal judges in San Francisco refusing to throw out driver employment status lawsuits against Uber and Lyft.
The arbitration clause appears to currently force the drivers to settle disputes individually through arbitration proceedings, though it is unclear on who can determine a matter worthy of arbitration, an arbitrator or a judge.
Uber is arguing that these employment status cases should be sent to arbitration, but the federal judges have decided to leave that up to a jury.
More on the legalese of the Uber case can be found here.