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Uber Pays $10m in Settlement

Uber Pays $10m in SettlementUber Pays $10m in Settlement

Tech ridesharing service Uber has said it agreed to pay $10 million to settle a California lawsuit accusing it of misleading the public about the thoroughness of its driver's background checks. The lawsuit, which was filed jointly by district attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles, accused Uber of using misleading advertising to make the background checks sound better than they were and of picking up passengers at airports without proper authorization, according to AFP. "Uber has agreed to pay $10 million as part of this settlement, as well as to address a number of advertising and airport-related issues—many of which we have already dealt with," Uber said on its blog. The company admitted no wrongdoing, but said that it agreed not to use terms such as "safest ride on the road" or describe its driver background checks as "the gold standard". Under the settlement, Los Angeles and San Francisco will split the payment evenly. The agreement also called for Uber to pay an additional $15 million if it does not comply with all terms of the deal within two years.