Lemberg Law Suit Against Uber Featured in Philadelphia Magazine

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

Updated on Author: Sergei Lemberg

Philadelphia Magazine featured a story about a lawsuit recently filed against Uber by Lemberg Law client Boris Kautsky. Kautsky’s taxi company, CoachTrans, is seeking $1.5 million from the transportation company for devaluing CoachTrans’ three taxicab medallions, once valued at $500,000 each and now worth only $80,000 each.

According to Sergei Lemberg, principal of Lemberg Law, the Philadelphia Parking Authority recently sued Uber for operating illegally. “Not only does Uber regularly enter markets without securing the proper licenses and authority; it has also made the targeting and destroying of local businesses a central part of its business model,” he said.

Kautsky’s story is the epitome of the American dream. “He arrived in Philadelphia from the Ukraine and decided to become a cab driver, founding Coachtrans with his wife, Alla,” said Lemberg. “Since then, he worked tirelessly, driving as many as 14 hours per day, in order to grow his business.”

Lemberg says that, between October 25, 2014, when Uber began operating in Philadelphia, and April 2015, more than one million Uber rides siphoned business away from the city’s licensed taxicabs. As a result, Coachtrans’ revenues over the past year have declined 30 percent. According to Lemberg, “Uber has been able to afford to undercut Coachtrans, and in turn steal its customers, in large part because it refuses to pay any of the significant expenses, taxes, and fees that medallion taxicab companies are required to pay under state and city laws and regulations.”

According to Lemberg, “Boris Kautsky is not a fat cat taxi oligopolist. He is an honest and hard-working man whose life’s savings have just been destroyed by Uber. We look forward to holding Uber to account.”

Sergei Lemberg

About the Author:

Sergei Lemberg is an attorney focusing on consumer law, class actions related to automotive issues, and personal injury litigation. With nearly two decades of experience, his areas of practice include Lemon Law (vehicle defects), Debt Collection Harassment, TCPA (illegal robocalls and texts), Fair Credit Reporting Act, Overtime claims, Personal Injury cases, and Class Actions. He has consistently been recognized as the nation's "most active consumer attorney." In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case Duguid v. Facebook. He is also the author of "Defanging Debt Collectors," a guide that empowers consumers to fight back against debt collectors and prevail, as well as "Lemon Law 101: The Laws That Lemon Dealers Don't Want You to Know."

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