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Massachusetts secures $210,000 for Uber drivers allegedly victimized by vehicle leasing agency

By Mark Iandolo | Sep 8, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Aug. 30 that Xchange Leasing LLC, a subsidiary of Uber, has reimbursed drivers more than $210,000 after allegations of overcharging the drivers for tolls and other fees.

Reimbursed were 336 Massachusetts Uber drivers, with an additional 20 percent payment for the time and effort drivers had to go through to obtain the refunds.

“Xchange Leasing promised to help drivers earn a living but their shoddy conduct hurt vulnerable workers,” Healey said. “This settlement recovers all of the improper charges for drivers.”

According to Healey’s office, Xchange leasing charged drivers as much as two or three times for each toll the driver went through. The average overcharge amount per driver was roughly $600. The company also purportedly failed to provide accurate records and account information to drivers about the fees and charges.

Handling the case for Massachusetts were Kim McDonald of the attorney general's Consumer Advocacy and Response Division and Gary Klein, senior trial counsel in the Haley's Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau.

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