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Class Action Lawsuit Accuses Lyft of Taking Drivers for a Ride

LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A class action lawsuit has been filed accusing Lyft, a peer-to-peer ridesharing company, of promising $1,000 bonuses for new drivers that turned out was too good to be true. The lawsuit claims Lyft has paid very few of the new drivers the $1,000 bonus.

In a detailed 22 page complaint, lead plaintiffs Casey Loewen and Jonathan Wright claim Lyft breached their contract and defrauded recruits by failing to pay the $1,000 bonuses. According to the complaint, in an effort to grow its driver community and compete with other rideshare companies (such as Uber), Lyft launched two $1,000 new driver referral programs on February 25, 2015. These programs were available in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, and Washington D.C. To qualify for the bonuses, drivers had to apply on or after midnight February 25th and complete their first ride on or before March 5th.

"The promotions resulted in a huge wave of applicants," said Alexander R. Wheeler, a lawyer with the R. Rex Parris Law Firm. As stated in the complaint, "On March 4, 2015, Lyft sent an email to all of its new applicants and drivers in participating cities." It stated that "[l]ast week's invitation – apply to be driver, give 1 ride by March 5th, and make $1,000 – brought the biggest wave of applicants in Lyft history. As we're processing the applications, it's important that we continue to fulfill our safety obligations. Some of these steps, including DMV and background checks, are outside our control and can vary in length for different applicants. It is possible that you won't qualify for the promotion if all steps aren't completed by the March 5th deadline, along with the ride requirement." A copy of this email can be found in the complaint.

"Lyft took drivers for a ride by not providing timely background checks for new drivers making it impossible for them to give their first ride by the deadline imposed by Lyft," said Wheeler.

According to the complaint, "Lyft's actions caused outrage throughout the Lyft community, with many referring drivers and new drivers believing the entire promotion had been a scam to attract new drivers without having to pay them $1,000. Many drivers took to the Internet to voice their frustrations, accompanied by #lyftgate." The lawsuit alleges that Lyft breached its contract and is guilty of fraud. It seeks compensatory damages as well as punitive damages.

The plaintiffs are represented by R. Rex Parris, of Lancaster and Dunn & Associates of Santa Monica.

About The R. Rex Parris Law Firm

For over 25 years, R. Rex Parris has devoted his practice to protecting the rights of injured people and aggrieved workers. Rex and his dedicated team provide thorough, high-quality representation with integrity and compassion. From motor vehicle crashes to class actions and defective products, these lawyers fight aggressively against corporate defense attorneys and insurance companies to ensure their clients get the compensation they deserve. For more information, visit rrexparris.com

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Since 1977, Dunn & Associates has been helping those who are injured get full and fair compensation for their injuries. Our case results and A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau have allowed our business to grow primarily through word-of-mouth referrals. Let us bring our considerable experience to bear on your case to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve. For more information, visit www.dunnpersonalinjury.com

CONTACT: Dante Hickles (661) 949-2595 or dhickles@rrexparris.comSource: R. Rex Parris Law Firm