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Taxi Cab Lawsuit Against Uber in San Francisco

Taxi Cab Lawsuit Against Uber in San Francisco

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GARYP.OSWALD.ESQ.SB#52682
LAW
OFFICES
OFGARY
P.
OSWALD
100
TamalPlaza.
Suite
140
CorteMadera.
California
94925
Telephone:
(415)927-5700
Facsimile:
(415)927-5705
AttorneyforPlaintiffs,
LEONID
GONCHAROV
and,
MOHAMMEDEDDINE
Individuallyandon
behalf
of
allothers
similarlysituated
BY:
§fP*§ED
^09201?
DeDuuTrvT-r--
SUPERIORCOURT
OF
CALIFORNIA
CITY
AND
COUNTYOFSANFRANCISCO-UNLIMITEDJURISDICTION
LEONIDGONCFIAROV,Individuallyandon
behalf
of
allotherssimilarly
situated,
MOHAMMED
EDDINE,
Individuallyandon
behalf
of
allothers
similarlysituated,
Plaintiffs,
vs.
UBER
TECHNOLOGIES,
INC.,and
DOES1through50,inclusive
Defendants.
Plaintiffsallege:
CaseNo
CGC-12-526Q17
CLASS
ACTION
COMPLAINT
FOR
VIOLATION
OF
THEUNFAIRBUSINESS
PRACTICES
ACT
(Business
and
Professions
Code
§17200,
etseq.);
INTERFERENCE
WITH
BUSINESS
RELATIONS;
ACCOUNTING;
DECLARATORY
RELIEFANDINJUNCTIVE
RELIEF
INTRODUCTORY
STATEMENT
1.Plaintiffs,LeonidGoncharovandMohammedEddine,individuallyandon
behalf
of
allotherssimilarlysituated,aredulylicensedandpermittedtaxicabdrivers,
whoarebringingthisactiontostopDefendant,UberTechnologies,Inc.(hereinafter''Uber"),fromcontinuingtoactillegallyintheCityandCountyofSanFrancisco,by"partnering"withunauthorizedandunpermitteddriverstounlawfullycompetewithlaw
ClassActionComplaint
 
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abidingtaxicabdrivers.In
fact,
Uberisactingasataxicabcompanywhilesometimes
denyingthisfactinordertoavoidallregulationsgoverningtaxicabcompanies.2.UberunfairlycompeteswithPlaintiffClass(hereinafter"Plaintiffs"or"PlaintiffClass"),byopenlyrejectinganynotionofcompliancewiththerulesgoverning
taxicabservicesintheCityandCountyofSanFrancisco(sometimeshereinafter"the
City").
Uberexpresslyviolatesthe
rules
governingtaxicabservicesby,
among
other
things,
dispatching
limousines
or
"Black
Cars,"
which
arenotlicensedtoactas
taxicabs,
in
the
City,using
illegal
meteringdevices,
encouraging
its"partner"
limousinedrivers
to
violatethelaw,andbychargingunauthorizedratesforitsservices.
3.Uber'smanagementhasbeenopenlycritical
of
anyregulationingeneral.UbersCEOTravisKalanickhasstatedpubliclythat,"Idon'tunderstandregulators...
They
areincrediblysensitiveto
what
is
inthe
publicview.
Butifyouonly
follow
the
rules,
theywillneverletyou
make
thecityabetterplace."Uberattemptstospinany
criticismas"anti-technology"andiswillingtosaywhateveritneedstoatanygiven
momenttoachieveUber'seconomicgoals.Forexample,inNewYork,Uberhas
represented
toregulatorsthat
its
systemmerely
constitutes
an
advancereservation
for
livery
vehicles,
but,when
Uberwanted
to
expand
to
taxis,
ittooktheinconsistent
position
thatUber's
system
isa
virtual
hail.
Ultimately,Uber
was
forced
to
shut
down
itsyellowcabhailingserviceinNewYork.
PARTIES
4.
Plaintiff
Leonid
Goncharov
isa
licensed
taxicab
driver,
and
has
so
acted
continuouslyintheCityandCountyofSanFranciscoforthelasteight(8)years,andhas
operated
throughamedallion
issued
to
LuxorCabs,
Inc.
forthelastseven(7)
years.
5.
Plaintiff
MohammedEddine
isalicensed
taxicab
driver,
and
has
so
acted
continuouslyintheCityand
County
of
San
Franciscoforthelastfifteen(15)
years,
and
operatesthroughamedallionissuedtoLuxorCabs,Inc.6.DefendantUberTechnologies,Inc.isacorporationorganizedandexisting
underthelaws
of
theState
of
Delaware,withitsprincipalplace
of
businessintheCity
andCountyofSanFrancisco.StateofCalifornia.UberTechnologies,Inc.hasoperated
ClassActionComplaint
 
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inthe
City
under
thetrade
name
"UberCab,"
and
currently
operatesintheCity
under
the
trade
name
"Uber."
6Plaintiffsareignorantofthetrue
names
andcapacitiesofDefendantssued
hereinasDOES1through50,inclusive,andthereforesuetheseDefendantsbysuch
fictitiousnames.Plaintiffswillamendthiscomplainttoallegetheirtruenamesand
capacities
when
ascertained.
Plaintiffs
are
informed
and
believe
and
thereonallegethat
eachofsuchfictitiously
named
Defendantsisresponsibleinsomemannerforthe
occurrenceshereinalleged,andthatPlaintiffs'injuriesashereinallegedwereproximatelycausedbysuchDefendants'
acts.
7.Plaintiffsareinformedandbelieveandthereonallegethatatalltimes
hereinmentioned,DefendantsDOES1through50,inclusive,weretheagents,servants,
employees,
alter-egos,
instrumentalities,
predecessors-in-interest,
representatives,
co-
venturers,
co-conspiratorsand
partners
of
each
ofthe
other
Defendants,andin
doing
the
things
hereinafter
alleged,
wereacting
inthe
scope
of
their
authority
as
suchagents,
servants,employees,alter-egos,instrumentalities,predecessors-in-interest,
representatives,
co-venturers,
co-conspirators,
and
partners
andwiththe
permission
and
consent
of
theirCo-Defendantsandassuchshareliabilitywitheachotherwithrespect
tosaidmatterscomplainedof
herein.
Plaintiffs
shall
hereinafterrefertoDefendantUberTechnologies,Inc.andDefendant
DOES
1
through
50,inclusive,as"Uber"inthe
singular.
CLASSACTIONALLEGATIONS
8.Plaintiffsbringthisactionontheirownbehalvesandonbehalf
of
all
persons
similarlysituated.The
class
that
Plaintiffs
representis
composed
of
taxicab
driversdulylicensedbytheSanFranciscoMunicipalTransportationAgency
(hereinafter"SFMTA"),andwhohavebeenoperatingassuchatanytimeduringtheperiodfromatleastMarch30,2010,throughthepresent.Thepersonsinthisclassare
sonumerousthatthejoinder
of
allsuchpersonsisimpracticableandthatthedisposition
of
theirclaimsinaclassactionratherthaninindividualactionswillbenefittheparties
andtheCourt.Furthermore,becausetheeconomicdamagessufferedbytheindividual
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ClassActionComplaint

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