Uber had a booth at the Chicago Auto Show.Eric Bangeman
Ride-sharing giant Uber will reimburse $1.8 million in fees it collected in 2013 and 2014, under a settlement reached Friday.
The settlement is a rare concession from a company that continues to fight hard in its most important legal battle: over how its workers should be classified. That case could head to a jury as soon as June of next year.
Uber had been slapped with a class-action lawsuit over the “airport fee tolls,” which ranged from $1.25 to $4.50 per trip for trips to various California airports, including San Francisco International and Los Angeles International. Around 350,000 Uber users were charged the fees. Any money that can’t be returned to riders will go to two “cy pres” recipients, the National Consumer Law Center and East Bay Community Law Center.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers said the settlement was extraordinary because it reimbursed 100 percent of the fees paid by riders. “We commend Uber for doing that,” attorney Todd Schneider told SF legal newspaper The Recorder, which first reported the settlement.
Uber didn’t respond to requests for comment from the newspaper.
The airport fees were called “fraudulent” in a separate lawsuit brought by district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles, which claimed…