Uber settles second US lawsuit filed by India rape victim
According to Friday court filings, Uber has settled a lawsuit filed by an unnamed woman who said her medical records were improperly accessed by an Uber executive after she was raped by her driver in India in 2014.
That driver, Shiv Kumar Yadav, was sentenced to life in prison in 2015. That same year, the victim sued Uber in federal court in San Francisco and reached a confidential settlement with the company.
However, in June 2017, she sued Uber again, as Ars reported at the time. The woman alleged that Eric Alexander, Uber's then-vice president for business in Asia, went to Delhi and "managed to obtain Plaintiff's confidential, private medical records generated by physicians who examined her after the brutal rape."
The complaint goes on to claim that Alexander shared the records with then-CEO Travis Kalanick and Emil Michael, an Uber executive who was fired shortly after the June lawsuit. According to the complaint, the men "discussed the records among themselves and with other staff at Uber, speculating that Plaintiff had made up the brutal rape in collusion with a rival of Uber in India to undermine Uber's business."
The terms of the new settlement were also not made public. Uber did not immediately respond to Ars' Sunday request for comment.
Since the plaintiff's second lawsuit, Uber has been in something of a tumultuous state: Kalanick was ousted as CEO, though he has remained as a board member and has clashed with his fellow members. By November, the new CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, revealed that the company had been hit by a major data breach in 2016 and kept it from the public for over a year.
Meanwhile, Uber continues to be dogged by an ongoing high-profile lawsuit, Waymo v. Uber, which could have a major impact on the future of autonomous driving.
That case is set to go to trial in San Francisco in early February 2018.
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