Lawsuit Accuses Uber of Violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

(Chicago Tribune/TNS) -

An Illinois woman is accusing Uber of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act when it erroneously sent her multiple text messages, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court in Chicago.

Maria Vergara allegedly received at least eight text messages in June from an Uber-owned number about an account she didn’t create. She didn’t provide consent to receive the messages, which the lawsuit calls spam.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, alleges that the ridesharing company does not confirm the accuracy of information it receives from customers or potential customers who sign up for its app. As a result, people like Vergara are forced to pay for text messages and calls they did not authorize, the suit stated. Those people, the lawsuit alleges, are entitled to a minimum of $500 in damages for each time Uber violated federal law.

Uber said it was reviewing the lawsuit.