The woman who was raped by an Uber taxi driver in Delhi last month, is expected to sue the private cab company Uber in the US. According to reports, the unidentified woman has initiated Douglas Wigdor, one of New York’s most high-profile litigators, to represent her.
Uber’s negligence in the service provided, has hit them hard since the rape case. The alleged woman seeks compensation in the US, which was recently valued at $40 Bn.
The authorities in Delhi have banned Uber from operating in the Indian capital and the Delhi police officials have also accused the company of misleading customers and not having proper licences for the service it offered.
China last week banned drivers of private cars from offering services through ride-hailing apps and the Silicon Valley firm is facing legal action in South Korea, California and elsewhere for using drivers with no taxi licences.
Wigdor said, “He was examining the possibility of asking a US court to exercise jurisdiction in the case because Uber’s conduct was based on company policy made in the US. He said there was a substantial body of case law to suggest the court would consider doing so.”
Wigdor also added, “I can confirm that I have been retained by the young lady who was raped by an Uber driver in Delhi, India, last December. Having met extensively with her and her family while in Delhi, I can only compliment them for their bravery and fortitude during this very difficult time. We will use all of our resources to vindicate my client’s rights, hold those responsible for their actions and ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”
Wigdor’s past cases also include suing the investment bank Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein for $1.4bn on behalf of a group of women claiming sexual discrimination.
Travis Kalanick, Uber’s chief executive and founder, said last month, “ Our company would do everything necessary to bring the perpetrator of the Delhi assault to justice.”