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Mohamed v. Uber Technologies, Inc.

United States District Court for the Northern District of California
109 F. Supp. 3d 1185 (2015)


Facts

Ronald Gillette and Abdul Mohamed (plaintiffs) were drivers for Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) (defendant). Uber rolled out an updated online service agreement for its drivers in such a way that when drivers logged into the Uber application, they were presented with a screen stating that their contracts had been updated. The screen contained three hyperlinks that drivers could click in order to read the contract updates. The bottom of the screen stated, “By clicking below, you acknowledge that you agree to all the contracts above.” Below that text was a button with the words “Yes, I agree.” Clicking on the button would bring up a new screen, which made drivers confirm that they had reviewed and agreed to the new contracts. Gillette and Mohamed each clicked through these screens to continue accessing the application. Gillette and Mohamed never signed a more formal agreement and never received a paper copy of the agreements. Thereafter, Uber terminated Gillette’s and Mohamed’s accounts without notice in accordance with certain provisions of the new agreements. Gillette and Mohamed sued Uber on various grounds. Gillette and Mohamed claimed that they never gave valid assent to be bound by the updated contracts.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Chen, J.)

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