Uber Class Action
Maurice Blackburn has filed a class action against Uber on behalf of participants in the taxi, hire car, limousine and charter vehicle industry. This class action was introduced in response to losses suffered by drivers, licence owners, and operators, when Uber entered the Australian market.
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Police prosecutor Sergeant Tara Williams said authorities exerted a lot of effort and spent a long period of time tracing the fabricated driver identities – having to check with Births, Deaths and Marriages, Department of Home Affairs, Victorian Police and State Penalty Enforcement Register.
Lederman pleaded guilty in Brisbane Magistrates Court last Friday to 10 fraud charges and 10 charges of making false declarations, between 2016 and 2020.
Magistrate Athol Kennedy said he had been a magistrate for a long time and Lederman had the worst speeding history he ever bore witness to. At one stage, in September last year, Lederman had been caught speeding almost on the daily. He is claimed to have committed most of the fraudulent offences to avoid paying a $150 fine and any point losses on his licence, when he could have avoided these entirely by just not speeding.
Sgt. Williams asked the magistrate to give Lederman a 12-months-suspended jail term and disqualify him from driving.
Lederman was highly educated and had a number of professional jobs in the past, but ultimately found Uber driving to be what he really liked, Lederman’s defence lawyer said. A psychologist’s report indicated that Lederman feared he would lose the lifestyle of being a Uber driver, being his own boss.
Mr Kennedy sentenced Lederman to six months’ jail, immediately suspended for 15 months, and ordered him to be on probation for 15 months. The convictions would be recorded, however, Lederman would not be disqualified from driving in order to give him the future chance in continuing as an Uber driver.
Lederman is under a good driver behaviour period, after loss of demerit points (he will lose his licence if he loses a point before September 2021). He had his licence suspended twice, but had it reinstated after appeals.
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