An Everett man was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail after he was charged with raping a rider in his ride-share car early Tuesday, Boston Police and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office report. Read more.
A federal judge today dismissed anti-trust charges against Uber brought by medallion cab drivers in Boston, saying the drivers simply showed no proof of predatory pricing or that consumers were hurt by the lower prices Uber brought to point-to-point transportation in the area. Read more.
A Suffolk Superior Court jury today convicted Michael Doherty, 43, of several counts related to a 2015 incident in which the off-duty cop physically attacked an Uber driver, screamed racial and ethnic slurs at him and drove away in his car, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
Jingwen Zhang, a music therapist from China, flew into Boston Saturday and took an Uber to Allston. After she got dropped off, she realized she'd left her erhu in the car and now it's missing. It's a long, skinny stringed instrument (you may have seen an erhu player at Downtown Crossing or by the bridge in the public garden) and it was in a rectangular black case: Read more.
In his ruling today, US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton said the Cambridge owners no longer had any standing to sue Cambridge over the way it did or did not regulate companies such as Lyft and Uber because a new state law removes oversight of the companies from local licensing officials.
A federal judge today dismissed a lawsuit by the Boston Taxi Owners Association against the city of Boston because a new state law bars the city from regulating "transportation network companies" such as Uber and Lyft. Read more.
Boston Police report that when an Uber driver arrived at 600 Washington St., near a Chinatown T-stop exit, to pick up a passenger around 3 a.m. on Monday, five people got in his vehicle and one punched him in the face. He was transported to a nearby hospital with a concussion.
Everett Police report arresting a Malden man who lists his occupation as "Uber driver" on charges he exposed himself to a woman walking down the street yesterday from the front of his Dodge Caravan yesterday. Read more.
The Boston Business Journal reports state legislators reached accord late last night on a bill that would not bar ride-hailing services from the two locations but would add a 20-cent fee to every ride for a new state office to oversee the services and ensure riders go through background checks. Lawmakers rejected a bid by taxi operators to make ride-hailing drivers also get fingerprinted.
Boston.com's Alison Pohle reports on an incident in one guy's Uberized Honda Element.
Uber at first told her the driver would receive "coaching opportunities" on how not to make women passengers feel like they're about to be raped, then, after her story went up, announced he was no longer an Uber driver.