Uber, the ride sharing app which took the nation by storm, was recently reprimanded by a New York judge for its litigation tactics as part of a class action anti-trust case. The claim alleges that the Uber CEO engaged in price-fixing with its drivers. During the case, Uber hired a private investigator, Ergo, to conduct an investigation of the lead plaintiff, Spencer Meyer, and his attorney. Ergo chose to lie to co-workers of both Meyer and his attorney in order to obtain defamatory information. The plaintiffs brought this to the attention of Judge Jed Rakoff, and after reviewing the defendant’s actions, Judge Rakoff admonished Uber and its CEO for the improper tactics, saying their agent “engaged in fraudulent and arguably criminal conduct.” The Judge also required Uber to pay an undisclosed amount to Meyer and his attorney for dealing with the matter.
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