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DOJ Confirms Uber Is Being Investigated For Criminal Behavior (arstechnica.com) 34

A newly released letter from the Department of Justice has formally acknowledged that federal prosecutors have an open criminal investigation into Uber. Ars Technica reports: Late last month, as part of the proceedings in the high-profile and ongoing Waymo v. Uber trade secrets lawsuit, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said that on November 22 he had received a letter from San Francisco-based federal prosecutors. It is very unusual for a judge in a civil case to be apprised of a pending criminal investigation involving one of the litigants. In a separate November 28 letter sent to Judge Alsup, Acting U.S. Attorney Alex Tse asked that the first letter not be made public. The judge unsealed both letters on Wednesday. The first letter was signed by two prosecutors, Matthew Parrella and Amie Rooney. Those attorneys are assigned to the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) Unit at the United States Attorney's Office in San Jose. [T]he letter could mean Uber and/or its current or former employees may be under investigation for possible crimes under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, a longstanding anti-hacking law.
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DOJ Confirms Uber Is Being Investigated For Criminal Behavior

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  • by sittingnut ( 88521 ) <sittingnut.gmail@com> on Thursday December 14, 2017 @08:27PM (#55743217) Homepage

    uber, a company set up to profit through finding loopholes, or outright breaking, of regulations and laws, that its competitors adhere to, is only now facing prosecution? justice is slow in usa.

    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by ScentCone ( 795499 )

      justice is slow in usa

      Or maybe it's pretty quick, now that DOJ is under new management.

      • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

        I think it is early in the investigation and it likely means the investigation is going to be quite deep, the announcement because http://startbuyingstocks.com/h... [startbuyingstocks.com] it has a huge impact on market value and something that can not be dumped upon an investing public late in the investigation because it would wipe people out. Own Uber, pretty solid advice would be to sell and sell now, likely one or two insiders are looking to pick it up on the super cheap after arranging it's slaughter because nothing done for

    • they can just put there 1099 drivers at risk and have bear the costs of defending them self's.

  • by Narcocide ( 102829 ) on Thursday December 14, 2017 @10:20PM (#55743523) Homepage

    I wonder if this other pending investigation has anything to do with how they were somehow able to get away with operating a completely unlicensed taxi service globally without any apparent regard for the law.

  • Which is a lot more than you can say for the tactics of the existing taxi companies. The stats are for reduce cases of drunk driving after Uber arrives in a city are fairly significant. The existing taxi models in almost every jurisdiction were so broken that some one had to break them up. And really, only a fairly slimy egotistical company would do it. Other than a few holders of Taxi medallions the rest of us are much better of because of Uber. We ride in cleaner safer cars, that show up on time, are
    • by cstacy ( 534252 )

      Which is a lot more than you can say for the tactics of the existing taxi companies. The stats are for reduce cases of drunk driving after Uber arrives in a city are fairly significant.

      http://money.cnn.com/2016/07/2... [cnn.com]

    • When the laws are as broken as the taxi laws are sometimes you need a crook to fix things.

      Well, there's you're doggone problem right there!

      The crooks already 'fixed' things (the government-brand crooks)!

      Besides, taxi unions and the larger unions they belong to give a metric fuck-ton of money mostly to one political party. They probably aren't very interested in butchering one of their cash-cows just to help out the baskets of deplorables in fly-over country with access to decent, clean, and comfortable transportation at a decent price. "Let them eat Yellow Cab."

      I can see new standard questions b

    • by jbengt ( 874751 )

      We ride in cleaner safer cars, that show up on time, are easy to acquire, have drivers that speak the local language and we do all of this for less money.

      That does not match the experiences I have had in Uber - except for the on time part. And "on time" hardly matters downtown, which is the only place I grab a taxi lately, and where there are always taxis around to hail.
      Last Uber driver I had obviously spoke english as a second language, didn't know the route to take except how the GPS on his phone showe

  • Personally I can't wait for that parasitic company to just die. Would also be a nice side bonus if the senior management could do some time as well.
  • Similar lawsuits under way in the EU, UK, Canada, and Australia.

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