It was alleged that Kalanick conspired to increase prices on days with high volume – a case in point being when rides on New Year’s Eve cost some customers up to $200. And the lawsuit, filed by Spencer Meyer in December 2015, claimed this constituted a price-fixing conspiracy in violation of anti-trust laws.Kalanick had filed a motion to have the lawsuit thrown out, suggesting that, “in just five years since its founding, Uber has increased competition, lowered prices and improved service. As such, these claims are unwarranted and have no basis in fact.” But this has now been rejected by Jed Rakoff, a judge at the US District Court. “Were it not for Kalanick’s conspiracy to fix the fares charged by Uber drivers, drivers would have competed on price and Uber’s fares would have been ’substantially lower’,” he claimed. However, an Uber spokeswoman told ABC News that users can monitor surge pricing and make decisions based on costs. “Riders are repeatedly notified about the pricing directly within the app and asked to confirm and accept increased fares, or can opt for a notification when prices drop,” she said.
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