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It’s London up next!

Uber set for epic Supreme Court showdown as class action is filed in Australia Image: Mic (Flickr)

Global ridesharing giant Uber will face potentially one of Australia’s biggest class actions, as thousands of taxi, hire car, charter vehicle and limousine drivers and licence owners across the country join forces to hold Uber accountable for destroying their livelihoods.

owners from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, with more than 6,000 participants having already registered.

National Head of Class Actions, Andrew Watson, said the case had been about 18 months in the making, involving public meetings across the country, thousands of registered participants, and is backed by one of the world’s largest litigation funders, Harbour.

from thousands of taxi drivers in London which is also being funded by litigation funders Harbour.

Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn, Elizabeth O’Shea, said there were no out of pocket costs or The highly-anticipated class action has officially filed in liability risk for registrants, with the costs of the case the Victorian Supreme Court by Australia’s leading being underwritten by a third party litigation funder. class action law firm, Maurice Blackburn Lawyers. The legal action is similar to that attracting interest

“Make no mistake, this will be a landmark case regarding the alleged illegal operations of Uber in Australia and the devastating impact that has had on the lives of hard-working and law-abiding citizens here,” Mr Watson said.

In reaction to the news in Australia the Cabbie Action Group said via Twitter: “We're delighted to hear that a class action has been filed by cabbies against Uber in the Victorian Supreme Court in Australia. That claim is also backed by Harbour, the funders for the Cabbie Group Action. We continue to prepare our claim here against Uber- more coming soon.”

“It is not acceptable for a business to place itself above the law and operate illegally to the disadvantage of others. We’ve got a strong case, a strong team and substantial support from thousands of drivers, operators and licence owners nationwide.” The class action covers drivers, operators and licence

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