If you’ve used Uber at any point over the past three years, you might be eligible to receive a small sum as part of a class-action lawsuit against the service. The ride-sharing company this week agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle charges over misleading customers about the safety of its service. The lawsuit concerned superlative language Uber used to describe its safety practices.
Before you get too excited, your portion of the settlement will be next-to-nothing—about $0.82, according to Business Insider. That’s enough to maybe get you coffee? Free money is free money, I suppose.
Uber has been at the center of controversy over the past several months for its seemingly lax approach to background checks, and that blasé attitude finally caught up to the company. The lawsuit took issue with Uber’s claims that it offers the “safest ride on the road,” while promising “industry-leading background checks” despite not checking drivers against the national sex-offender registry. In addition, the company does not employ any kind of fingerprint identification for its drivers.
Despite these oversights, the service still saw fit to charge its customers a “safe rides fee,” which was in some cases as much as $4.50.
For a company as large as Uber, the ruling is a mere slap on the wrist. Although Uber has agreed to pay a settlement, it isn’t actually required to change much of anything. Aside from avoiding language such as “industry-leading” and “best in class,” the service won’t need to change how it conducts background checks or anything like that. The lawsuit only dealt with how Uber advertised its services.
This is the largest sum Uber has had to pay in its six year history, but, let’s face it, changing “safe rides fee” to “booking fee” isn’t the worst thing in the world for a company that’s valued around $40 billion.