Have you ever been dumped, but then your ex keeps texting you? Or maybe you asked someone out, they said no, but they're texting you anyway. It's weird. And annoying. In a pair of class action lawsuits filed in Florida, Uber is the ex, and former drivers are crying foul.
Rejected, Then Solicited
The class action complaints say that Uber sent unsolicited text messages in violation of telemarketing laws. Michael Fridman signed a licensing agreement in June of 2014 to become an Uber driver. He says Uber unilaterally terminated that agreement on January 30, 2018. Danny Gesel Reznik Fridman applied to be an Uber driver in July of 2017, but was rejected. Both men claim that months later, they began receiving unsolicited text messages from the company. Fridman's asked him to become an Uber driver again, while Reznik's were directed to active Uber drivers. Others received the same messages. They say Uber, or a third party acting on its behalf, used an automatic telephone dialing system to generate the text messages.
Texts Invaded Privacy, Wasted Time
According to the complaint, "Uber's unsolicited texts were a nuisance that aggravated plaintiffs, wasted their time, invaded their privacy, diminished the value of the cellular services that they paid for, caused them to temporarily lose the use and enjoyment of their phones; and caused wear and tear to their phones' data, memory, software, hardware and battery components."
Fridman and Reznik say Uber's actions violate the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This is not the first time Uber has been accused of violating the TCPA. Last October, the ride-hailing company agreed to pay $20 million for allegedly spamming people with text messages, though they denied any wrongdoing in the settlement.
Whether you're being harassed by an ex, or you're receiving unsolicited text messages from a business, contact an attorney to see if you can take legal action.