LAX gets gridlocked, Uber got hacked, and Skokie gets sued. LegalRideshare breaks it down.

Monday 10/28

On Monday, LAX threw a curveball at incoming passengers and announced Uber and Lyft will no longer operate curbside at the airport. LA Times reported the story and unsurprisingly added: “Without major changes, airport officials warned, traffic on an average summer day would soon resemble the bumper-to-bumper crawl on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.”  

Tuesday 10/29

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Lyft announced  a new subscription service called “Lyft Pink” that runs $20 month. The Verge reported on this new service and explained: “Dubbed “Lyft Pink,” the membership plan costs $19.99 a month and comes with a 15 percent discount on all car rides….each ride is worth $15, and if customers take a longer route that’s worth more, they pay the difference. If their ride is worth less than $15, it will still count as a $15 minimum ride.”

Wednesday 10/30

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It looks like LA and Uber have two different ideas on how to handle scooter data. While Los Angeles wants to have access of location data of the Uber scooters, Uber is aggressively opposed to sharing it. CNET reported: “Uber said Monday that it would file a lawsuit against Los Angeles after months of refusing to give the Department of Transportation access to its scooter location data. In September 2018, the Los Angeles Department of Transportation instituted a requirement for all scooter companies to provide location data on the vehicles. The city said it was for city planning purposes.”  

Thursday 10/31

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On Thursday, Uber fired a “warning shot” by suing Skokie, illinois – claiming the city’s rideshare fees violate the states constitution. The Chicago Tribune reported on the story and interviewed the Co-founder of LegalRideshare, Bryant Greening, to weigh in: “Filing a lawsuit against the Village of Skokie sends a clear message to Mayor Lightfoot,” said Bryant Greening, co-founder of the law firm LegalRideshare, which specializes in Uber and Lyft litigation. “The complaint serves as a warning shot that Uber will not stand by as Chicago attempts to impede its ability to dominate local transportation.”

Friday 11/01

In 2017, Uber paid $100,000 to hackers after they breached their system and then told them to “keep quiet” . As of Friday, both hackers have plead guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion involving computers. Naked Security wrote: “It wasn’t until 10 months later, in November 2017, that Uber told riders and drivers that it had lost control of their personal information and that it had fallen into the hands of crooks. The company not only hid the breach from those affected, but also from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) while the watchdog was investigating Uber over a separate database hack, from 2014. ” 

Have a safe and happy weekend!