The Group Legal Action being brought by London cabbies against ride-hailing firm Uber has hit its latest important milestone, as the process of sending Litigation Management Agreements (LMAs) to all registered cab drivers begins.
Approximately 11,000 London black cab drivers have now signed up to join the action, which is seeking to recover losses incurred as a result of Uber’s operations between June 2012 and March 2018.
From Monday 6 September, the four-week process of each registered driver signing-up to an LMA will commence. LMAs are the formal legal agreements between RGL and registered drivers, which allows RGL to manage their legal claims against Uber, as well as include them in the no-risk funding and insurance arrangements.
Also included with this legal agreement, written in plain language, is the commercial deal with the funder and insurers, explaining how such costs will be deducted upon a successful claim. RGL remains committed to delivering a deal which returns the majority share of recovered losses to drivers.
Final discussions with regards to funding and after-the-event insurance (ATE) are now underway and RGL expects to announce full details on these in the near future.
With the LMA distribution now in process, RGL will be continuing its marketing campaign for BULit21 over the coming weeks. RGL calculates that around 20,000 drivers (retired and operating) remain eligible to join the group and have not yet signed up.
The basis of the claim is that Uber operated unlawfully by breaching the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998 from June 2012 until March 2018. The group allege that Uber permitted drivers to accept bookings directly when they were not licensed to do so.
A spokesperson from RGL urged all drivers to get in touch as soon as possible as BULit21 continues to progress.