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Anyone get this email about a class action settlement? You Might want to check it out

If you are a peer-to-peer driver who has entered into a contract with Uber Technologies, Inc., Rasier, LLC, Rasier-CA, LLC, and/or any of their subsidiaries and who has completed a trip using the Uber software application as a driver to generate leads for rides in California at any time from April 28, 2011 to March 27, 2018 you may be entitled to benefits from a proposed class action settlement.

Read this notice carefully, it affects your legal rights.
For more information, visitwww.GhaziSettlement.com.

What is this case about? Plaintiff Abdo Ghazi filed a lawsuit in San Francisco Superior Court called Abdo Ghazi v. Uber Technologies, Inc. et al. (Case No. CGC-15-545532). He claims Uber should have provided workers' compensation insurance for drivers. The lawsuit asks the Court to order Uber to provide workers' compensation insurance, and pay restitution and penalties. Uber denies it did anything wrong, claims that drivers are properly classified as independent contractors, claims it does not have to provide workers' compensation insurance to drivers, and does not owe any restitution or penalties. The Court has not decided if either side is right.

After lengthy negotiations, the parties agreed to a settlement that, if approved by the Court, would provide guaranteed rights and benefits to class members.

Who is included? You are a class member if you are a peer-to-peer driver who has entered into a contract with Uber Technologies, Inc., Rasier, LLC, Rasier-CA, LLC, and/or any of their subsidiaries and who has completed a trip using the Uber software application in California at any time from April 28, 2011 to March 27, 2018. You received this notice because you were identified as having a driver account with Uber and have completed a trip using the software application at least one time in California at any time from April 28, 2011 to March 27, 2018.

What do I get from the settlement? Uber is now offering drivers in California access to occupational accident insurance. The cost of the occupational accident insurance is being covered through an increase in rider fares. The fares have been increased by $0.06 per mile as of September 28, 2017. If the settlement is approved, rider fares will not be reduced until at least September 28, 2020 unless ordered otherwise by the Court. The insurance provides coverage for medical expenses from injuries to class members while using the Uber software application as a driver. Class members can apply their portion of the increased fare to the insurance (which will cover the premium cost completely), or keep the fare if they do not want the insurance. In exchange for these items, class members give up their right to sue Uber for the same legal issues that were, or could have been raised in this lawsuit. The settlement does not affect class members' rights to file a claim for workers' compensation or individual claims for personal injuries.

What are my options? If the Court approves the settlement, the increase in fares will remain in place for at least 3 years, whether or not you remain a class member. But, if you want to keep your right to sue Uber separately for the claim for restitution in this lawsuit, you must send a request to exclude yourself from the class. To request exclusion, you may complete the attached form.and either a) mail it to GHAZI V. UBER CLASS ACTION ADMINISTRATOR, C/O GCG , P.O. BOX 9349, DUBLIN, OH 43017-4249, postmarked by July 19, 2018, or b) email it to [email protected] no later than 11:59 p.m. on July 19, 2018. While it is preferable for you to use the attached form, if you choose not to use that form, please submit a written statement including your name, address, and telephone number; a clear statement that you "wish to be excluded from the release of claims for damages and restitution based on an alleged failure to provide workers' compensation insurance in violation of the California Labor Code as provided by this Settlement;" and your signature or the signature of your legally authorized representative. You may either a) mail this statement to GHAZI V. UBER CLASS ACTION ADMINISTRATOR, C/O GCG , P.O. BOX 9349, DUBLIN, OH 43017-4249, postmarked by July 19, 2018, or b) email it to [email protected] no later than 11:59 p.m. on July 19, 2018.

Please note that even if you request exclusion from the settlement, you will keep only claims for damages or restitution related to the legal issues that were, or could have been, raised in this lawsuit. If the settlement is approved, you will still be bound by the Court's approval of the settlement for any claims for injunctive or declaratory relief related to the legal issues that were, or could have been, raised in this lawsuit.

Or, if you believe the settlement should not be approved by the Court for any reason, you may submit an objection in writing to GHAZI V. UBER CLASS ACTION ADMINISTRATOR, C/O GCG , P.O. BOX 9349, DUBLIN, OH 43017-4249, postmarked by July 19, 2018 if sent by mail. You may also appear in person at the approval hearing to make an objection. If you object, you will stay in the class and give up your right to sue.

The approval hearing. The Court will hold a hearing to consider whether to approve: 1) the settlement, 2) attorneys' fees and costs of up to $1,447,500 that Uber agreed to pay on top of the benefits provided to class members, and 3) a service award of $2,500 to Plaintiff Abdo Ghazi. You may appear at the hearing, but you do not have to. The hearing will be on August 8, 2018 at 2:00pm, before Hon. Curtis E.A. Karnow, Department 304, San Francisco Superior Court, 400 McAllister St., San Francisco CA 94102.

If the settlement is approved, you will get the benefits described, and lose your right to sue separately except to the extent you request exclusion. If the settlement is not approved, the settlement will be void and the lawsuit will continue. If that happens, there is no guarantee the case will be allowed to be a class action, or that the Court will rule in favor of Plaintiff or class members.

How can I get more information? Do not call or write to the Court. You can see a detailed notice with more information, learn how to contact the lawyers working on the case, and review other documents at www.GhaziSettlement.com.. You can also access the Court's online case file athttp://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/online-services..
 
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