Uber / Loss of value of taxi permits
This class action aims to obtain compensatory damages for the loss of value of the taxi owners’ permits and for the loss of income that Uber’s activities would have caused. The action alleges that the Government of Quebec, by its gross negligence and its refusal to respect and enforce the laws of Quebec, has in fact expropriated the taxi permit holders.
On March 29, 2019, the notices to members following the authorization of the class action were published. The members of the group who wanted to Opt-out of the class action had until April 28 to Opt-out.
On April 26, 2019, the applicant filed an interlocutory motion seeking to preserve the integrity of the class action mechanism. The purpose of this motion is to compel the government to submit to the Court any settlement offer to be approved by the Court as provided by the rules governing class action. In a class action, any settlement offer must be approved by the Court to ensure that the offer is fair and reasonable for class members.
On May 1st, 2019, the applicant filed a Motion for joint instruction of two related class action. This motion seeks to join the present file with the Jean-Paul v. Uber Technologies Inc. file.
Conditions to be part of this class action
You are part of the class action if you have held a taxi owner’s permit and / or taxi driver’s permit for the A1, A2, A3, A5, A8, A11, A12, A14, A17, A24, A25, A30 A36, A38, A34, A54, A55 and A57 areas since October 28, 2013.
On March 22, 2019, a class action concerning taxi owner’s license holders and / or taxi driver’s license holders for territories other than those in A1, A2, A3, A5, A8, A11, A12, A14, A17, A24, A25, A30, A36, A38, A34, A54, A55 and A57 areas was filed. You can consult the Application for authorization to institute a class action here. This class action therefore targets all regions and areas that are not covered by the Metellus class action.
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Summary of the class action
On October 28, 2013, the company known as Uber began commercial activities of remunerated transportation of people by motor vehicle in Quebec without holding the necessary permits to engage in such activities.
On October 15, 2016, the Government of Quebec adopted a pilot project that allows Uber to offer taxi services without a permit, whereas any other person who wants to offer taxi services must hold a permit whose value could be more than $ 200,000 before Uber’s arrival.
On September 20, 2016, Dama Metellus, a taxi owner and driver’s permit holder, filed an application to authorize a class action against the Government of Quebec alleging that, by gross negligence and refusal to respect and act respect the laws of Quebec, it has in fact expropriated the taxi licence holders.
On October 31, 2018, Justice Mark G. Peacock authorized the class action for taxi owner permit holders.