Uber's ride-sharing mobile app. Photo courtesy of Uber.

Uber's ride-sharing mobile app. Photo courtesy of Uber.

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon and Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey filed a lawsuit against Uber Technologies Inc. for making false and misleading statements to consumers.

According to a press release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Uber’s business practices violate California Business and Professions Code sections 17200 and 17500.

Uber is accused of making untrue or misleading representations regarding the quality of background checks it performs on drivers, unlawfully having its drivers work at airports across the state without obtaining authorization from airport officials and fraudulently charging a $4 “airport fee toll” to customers traveling to and from San Francisco International Airport, even though Uber drivers weren’t paying anything to the airport, according to the press release.

The suit seeks a permanent injunction requiring Uber to stop violating California law, says the press release. It also seeks civil penalties for each of these unlawful business acts and practices, as well as full restitution for all California consumers who paid the airport toll.

“Unfortunately, Uber, unlike Lyft, has refused to comply with reasonable regulations as required by
California law,” said Lacey. “As a result, Uber continues to put consumers at risk by misleading the public about the background checks of its drivers and its unwillingness to ensure that correct fares are charged.”

The cases were investigated by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division.