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Uber Defeats Rider Rape Suit Over Impostor's Windshield Decal

  • Judge faults Uber for blaming ‘chance’ encounter with predator
  • Passenger will be allowed to revise complaint, refile it
Uber Technologies Inc. Operations As Judges Take Aim At Gig Economy
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Uber Technologies Inc. beat back a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was lured into a sexual assault because she mistook an Uber windshield decal on a suspended driver’s car as a symbol of a safe ride.

The judge concluded that the driver, who is facing criminal charges that could send him to prison for life, wasn’t acting within the scope of his employment when he allegedly drove to a secluded location and raped the woman he’d picked up at a San Francisco Bay area shopping mall in 2018.