Wheelchair Accessibility

A federal court in Washington denied Uber’s motion to dismiss claims that the company discriminates against disabled individuals because its wheelchair accessible services are less reliable, have higher fares and longer wait times than its non-wheelchair accessible rides. The court ruled the Equal Rights Center has associational standing to bring the complaint on behalf of its members and has plausibly stated discrimination claims.

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Study Ties Rise in Car Ownership to Entrance of Ride-Hail Services in Cities

If people can just hail a ride from a five-star Lyft or Uber driver at a moment’s notice, will they even bother owning cars? According to research published in the journal iScience on Wednesday, the answer is yes: vehicle ownership actually increased across cities alongside the arrival of ride-hail services.

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Rideshare for Wheelchair Users

Two individuals who sued Uber for not providing a wheelchair-accessible ride-sharing option in New Orleans have Article III standing to pursue their case and are not subject to an arbitration clause in the app’s terms and conditions, the Ninth Circuit ruled. Uber claimed the plaintiffs consciously avoided downloading the app and signing its terms and conditions but downloading the app and creating an account would have been a “futile gesture” for them.

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