Uber might soon face extinction?



Uber might be facing extinction if they will not get their acts together and win various legal battles globally.  In the Philippines Uber faced a whooping penalty in order to get back on track and in operation.  It also paid its drivers large sums of money to compensate for the days they are suspended.  This situation, however, is not only isolated in the Philippines as the ride sharing app also faces other legal cases elsewhere.

Uber's Five Legal Cases in the United States


Currently Uber is facing five legal cases in the United States involving bribes, illicit software, questionable pricing schemes and theft of a competitor’s intellectual property according to a Bloomberg article.

The US Justice Department probe states that federal authorities are "asking questions about whether Uber violated price-transparency laws."  There are also allegations that the ride sharing app stole schematics and other documents from a competitor and use it as their own.

Moves to ban Uber in the United States are also gaining ground as some US cities op for a more local approach in providing the same services Uber is giving.

A Culture of Law Violation?


According to the same Bloomberg article, Uber management and founder set forth a culture of high targets and possible testing local laws in order to reach it's goals.

Travis Kalanick, the co-founder and former CEO, set up a legal department with that mandate early in his tenure. The approach created a spirit of rule-breaking that has now swamped the company in litigation and federal inquisition, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing sensitive matters.

If this is the case then we should not wander why they are facing tons of problems in the Philippines and their approach is something that they had foreseen before hand.


Uber Situation Elsewhere


London which is probably one of the most profitable cities for Uber might soon be banning the app due to lack of corporate responsibility.

In Brazil meanwhile, there is an ongoing legislation which might soon make the service illegal and if not put it in the same level as a taxi company.

As for its future in the Philippines we never know.

How do you feel about this issues of Uber?  What do you think should be done?

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