Suit by Woman Who Said Uber Indian Driver Raped Her Dropped

By | September 4, 2015

A woman who accused an Uber Technologies Inc. driver in India of raping and beating her during a ride home in December dropped her U.S. lawsuit against the company.

No details were provided in a court filing saying that the case was voluntarily dismissed by the woman, who was identified only as Jane Doe.

In her January complaint in San Francisco federal court, the woman said Uber’s background check procedures and other safety measures were inadequate and fell well short of what is required by transportation providers in India.

Uber, which lets users order rides from private drivers through its mobile phone app, has faced numerous regulatory roadblocks and claims of sexual assault since it was founded in 2009 in San Francisco.

uber-logo-vertical-darkThe 26-year-old rider said she was raped by an Uber driver in India’s capital, New Delhi, after she fell asleep in the taxi on Dec. 6.

Uber couldn’t help police track down the driver, who had previously been accused of rape and sexual assaults, according to the complaint. The driver was arrested while he was on the verge of fleeing to Nepal, according to the complaint.

The company said after the incident that its sympathies were with “the victim of this horrific crime” and that it was cooperating with authorities to bring the perpetrator to justice.

Uber asked a judge in April to throw out the woman’s lawsuit in San Francisco.

Natalia Montalvo, a spokeswoman for Uber, declined to comment on the dismissal of the case.

The case is Doe v. Uber Technologies Inc., 15-cv-00424, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco).


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