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Uber Pays $10m in Background Check Suit

Uber on Thursday said it would pay $10 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging the ride-sharing service misled the public about the quality of its driver background checks. District attorneys in San Francisco and Los Angeles filed the suit in 2014, accusing the company of using advertising terms such as “safest ride on the road” as well as using unauthorized drivers to pick up passengers at airports. The company did not admit any wrongdoing, but agreed to avoid using the advertising terms such as “the gold standard.” Uber also agreed to provide services at California airports where it is allowed to operate and to clearly outline airport fees to passengers. The district attorneys’ offices said Uber would pay an additional $15 million if it does not comply.