September 7, 2017

Wrap your head around this: Uber was sued more than 1.8 times a day between 1/1/17 and 8/23.

That’s 435 lawsuits and counting, so far, in 2017.

Enough to make anyone weak in the knees.

This statistic courtesy of Courthouse News, which has reporters around the U.S. visit federal and regional courthouses to analyze records.

According to news analysis of these suits, Uber has been sued on claims of negligence, failure to train drivers, exaggerating the quality of the background checks it claims to perform on drivers, numerous injury accidents (including an alleged death caused by an Uber driver using his phone while driving), class actions involving how Uber treats its drivers, and failing to serve disabled passengers.

In other words: business as usual for Uber.

But maybe, maybe, that’s about to change with the introduction of a new CEO.

After all: These lawsuits are bad business.


They’ve got to be bad for digestion.

Here’s the thing. Uber has stubbornly opposed more stringent background checks for drivers and even refused to conduct in-person hiring despite voluminous passenger assaults. This ornery corporate stance has fertilized the grounds for lawsuits way past fecund.

By embracing more rigorous driver screening, Uber’s new CEO could improve the corporation’s passenger safety and reputation and reduce the risk and price tag associated with these mushrooming lawsuits.

We’ll see.