Uber might have to cough up $1.8 million to thousands of California users of its ride-hailing service for an inappropriate charge it levied upon them.
On Tuesday, several media outlets, including Tech Crunch, reported that thousands of Uber's California users found out that they're involved in a class-action lawsuit against the ride-hailing service and that the company agreed that it inappropriately charged consumers an airport fee toll.
Many of those Uber users found out they were involved in the lawsuit against the company via an email sent to them Tuesday.
"You are receiving this notice because you may have paid an Unremitted California Airport Fee Toll between June 1, 2010 and November 20, 2015 and may be a 'Class Member' in the lawsuit," part of the email read.
One user reacted by tweeting: "Apparently I'm part of some Uber class action lawsuit. I'm set, no need to buy Powerball ticket."
Well, not quite.
The lawsuit, which was filed this past November, alleges that Uber charged an estimated 355,000 customers in California an airport toll fee several months prior to the airport actually mandating it and that the company's drivers pocketed the charge of $3.85. Some drivers reportedly even rounded the fee up to $4 — something that adds up in great scale, considering the amount of people that were afflicted.
"Although SFO announced that in the future it will charge Uber $3.85 to pick up and drop off passengers — Uber's $4.00 SFO Airport Fee Toll will be excessive and result in customers paying more than they should pay under the circumstances," part of the class-action lawsuit reads, as reported by Tech Crunch.
How soon will this be resolved?