Uber to settle second lawsuit from India rape victim

Uber's determination to address its past scandals remains in effect. The ridesharing firm has agreed to settle the second lawsuit from the Indian rape victim who accused the company of improperly obtaining her medical records. While the company isn't…
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Uber has settled with a woman whose medical files an executive accessed after she was raped

The woman, who was raped by her Uber driver in India, sued the company for intrusion of privacy and defamation.

Uber has settled a lawsuit with a woman who was raped by her Uber driver in India. The woman, who has remained nameless, sued the company, its former CEO Travis Kalanick and former executives Eric Alexander and Emil Michael after Recode revealed Alexander accessed her medical files following the rape.

As Recode first reported, following the incident, Alexander obtained her medical records and carted the file around for many months after, showing it to a number of executives including Michael and Kalanick. Alexander has since been fired. Michael left the company and Kalanick was forced out by the company’s board of directors.

The parties entered mediation in the hope of settling the lawsuit in September. In October, the woman dropped her claims against Michael.

The victim was suing for intrusion into private affairs, public disclosure of private facts, and defamation. She was seeking damages of an unspecified amount.

The woman previously settled a suit with the company over failing to maintain basic safety measures in 2015. The driver was later convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

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Lyft gets an investment — from an Uber investor

Fidelity owns a piece of Lyft in addition to Uber.

A large Uber shareholder has made an investment in chief U.S. rival Lyft, part of the latest twist in the entangled web of ride-sharing deals.

Lyft said on Tuesday that Fidelity, the giant mutual fund, would participate in an expanded financing round that now values the company at $ 11.5 billion. The round, led by Alphabet affiliate CapitalG, was previously only expected to collect $ 1 billion; it now stands to raise $ 1.5 billion.

Shareholders typically try to avoid conflicts of interest in their investments, but when it comes to Uber and Lyft it seems like all’s fair. Alphabet, for example, is also invested in both Uber and Lyft. Fidelity declined to comment.

Fidelity’s ownership position in Uber is almost certainly much larger than its position in Lyft — Fidelity led $ 1.2 billion Uber’s Series D financing round in 2014.

Notably, Fidelity was a key investor that helped oust Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick this summer.

Lyft and Uber are locked in a tightening battle for market share in the U.S. and are both stockpiling cash to win it. Lyft does not need the cash right now — but investments in frontier areas like autonomous vehicles demand a healthy war chest and Lyft is accepting the cash when it is on the table.

Uber is itself preparing to take on at least $ 1 billion in new investment from the Japanese conglomerate SoftBank. SoftBank has threatened to also invest in Lyft if it is unable to close its Uber investment.

Axios earlier reported the expanded financing round.

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