A gaggle of 240 Uber drivers in South Jersey is suing the Atlantic City Yellow Cab Co. for damages, claiming its cabbies are illegitimately posing as rideshare drivers.
The class-motion go well with, filed Tuesday in Atlantic County Superior Court by United Drivers South Jersey, claims taxi corporations are allowing their drivers to enroll for Uber accounts to poach clients, a apply the Uber drivers say is forbidden and places clients in danger.
“The Uber drivers claim that this practice deprives authorized Uber drivers of customers and fares that they otherwise would have received, but for the unlawful interference of defendants and their drivers,” in response to a press release from United Drivers.
Atlantic City Yellow Cab Co. proprietor Murray Rosenberg stated Tuesday afternoon he had not but been knowledgeable of the go well with, however referred to as it “staggering.”
“If anybody should be suing anybody, it should be us suing them,” stated Rosenberg, whose household has owned and operated Atlantic City Yellow Cab Co. for 100 years.
Among different issues, the go well with consists of claims underneath the New Jersey Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a state regulation to fight racketeering in commerce.
The drivers say the taxis are placing clients in danger by choosing them up by way of Uber as a result of it invalidates their insurance coverage.
Since coming to the Jersey Shore, Uber and Lyft drivers have confronted fines in cities such as Atlantic City and Sea Isle City for working with no correct license.
A state regulation accredited earlier this yr lastly put in place laws for rideshare corporations to function within the state, however Rosenberg believes the drivers ought to be held to the identical requirements as taxis.
“(Uber) virtually destroyed the value of the medallions in Atlantic City,” Rosenberg stated of the licenses required by taxi drivers. “Limos and taxis have to follow a number of rules, and (Uber drivers) have considered themselves exempt from that.”
Rosenberg referred to as the go well with “nonsense” and questioned how rideshare drivers would even understand how Atlantic City taxi drivers have been working. He was incredulous at the truth that rideshare operators are allowed to function with out taxi or limo licenses and that nobody challenges it.
“We’ve been in business, my father and myself, 100 years as of May of last year, and we’ve never encountered anything like this,” he stated. “No one has done anything about it.”
Rosenberg stated he has not retained an lawyer.
The go well with additionally names the Myra Cohen Trust situated in Ventnor as a defendant.
The Uber drivers are represented by David J. DiSabato of DiSabato & Bouckenooghe LLC. Named plaintiffs embrace Lance Zeaman of Atlantic County and Robert Pellegrino of Camden County.
“It is the hope of United Drivers that the taxicab companies will take immediate steps to stop this dangerous practice, so that all involved can move on to more positive, exciting things regarding Rideshare and Atlantic City,” the United Drivers’ launch states.