Isaac Jemal reports:
An unusual dispute regarding charges of prying into private information came to a conclusion on Monday when a judge in federal court ruled that Uber Technologies and its CEO Travis Kalanick were not allowed to use background information they uncovered on a passenger who brought a price-fixing suit against Kalanick.
As reported by Crains NY, Judge Jed Rakoff declared that Ergo, the Manhattan-based firm Uber hired to handle the investigation into the plaintiff and his lawyer, “engaged in fraudulent and arguably criminal conduct.” Ergo did not have any license to conduct private investigations in New York State and the firm’s operative interviewed subjects using false pretexts. Moreover, he may have violated state laws by taping the interviews without consent of the subjects.
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