Uber agrees to settle California suit on misleading customers

An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los AngelesBy Curtis Skinner SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc agreed to a $25 million settlement to end a lawsuit in California that accused the ride-hailing company of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco said on Thursday. Uber must pay $10 million within 60 days, and the remaining $15 million will be waived if Uber complies with the terms of the agreement for two years, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys said in statements. "It sends a clear message to all businesses, and to startups in particular, that in the quest to quickly obtain market share laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored," San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said.

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