Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, reports Reuters (reprinted in Fortune):
" ... denied a motion by Uber to compel arbitration in a passenger lawsuit over so-called surge pricing ... [The Judge] said in his decision that consumers are often 'allegedly consenting to an entire lengthy set of terms and conditions ... by the mere act of accessing a service' but never explicitly asked."
The lead plaintiff is Spencer Meyer and he is seeking class action status for passengers nationwide. The lawsuit initially alleged price-fixing by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Then the company itself was added as a second defendant.
Here is an article I published on MyBankTracker on mandatory arbitration imposed on consumers by credit card companies.