Ogunmokun et al v. Uber Technologies, Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM & ORDER: Defendants' motions to compel Plaintiff Victor Mallh (Dkt. 28 in 15-CV-6143) and Plaintiff Joce Martinez (Dkt. 19 in 15-CV-7387) to arbitrate their claims on an individual basis are GRANTED. See supra Sectio n II.A. Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff Manzour Mumin's claims (Dkt. 26 in 15-CV-6143) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. See supra Sections III.B.1-5. Specifically, Plaintiff Mumin's claims for violation of New York Labor Law § 195, tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract, conversion, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, and fraud and intentional misrepresentation are DISMISSED. Uber's motion to dismiss is DEN IED as to Plaintiff Mumin's claims for violations of New York Labor Law §§ 196-d and 652. Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff Jose Ortega's claims (Dkt. 22 in-15-CV-7387) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. See supra Sections IIIB.1-4,6. Specifically, Plaintiff Ortega's claims for violations of New York Labor Law §§ 191 and 652, violations of N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 12, §§ 142-2.1 and 142-2.4, tortious interference with business relations, breach of contract, and conversion are DISMISSED. Plaintiff Ortega's claim for violations of New York Labor Law § 193 is DISMISSED to the extent that it is premised on his incurred expenses. Uber's motion to dismiss is DENIED as to Plaintiff Ortega's claims for violations of New York Labor Law §§ 195 and 196-d, N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 12, § 142-2.2, and false advertising. So Ordered by Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis on 3/7/2017. (Lee, Tiffeny)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
MANZOOR MUMIN and VICTOR MALLH,
individually and on behalfof all others similarly
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
-againstUBER TECHNOLOGIES,INC., RASIER,LLC,
and JOHN DOES I-IO,
JOSE ORTEGA and JOCE MARTINEZ,on their
own behalf, and on behalf ofthose similarly
-againstUBER TECHNOLOGIES INC., RASIER,LLC,
UBER USA LLC,UBER NEW YORK LLC,
UBER TRANSPORTATION LLC,and JOHN
NICHOLAS G. GARAUFIS,United States District Judge.
Plaintiffs in these two related putative class actions assert claims under New York Labor
Law("NYLL")and other New York statutory and common law against Uber Technologies, Inc.
and a number ofrelated or affiliated entities (collectively,"Uber").- In the first action
(the "Mumin Action"), Plaintiffs Manzoor Mumin and Victor Mallh (the "Mumin Plaintiffs")
bring their action against Defendants Uber Technologies, Inc., Rasier, LLC,and John Does 1-10.
(Mumin 3d Am. Compl.("Mumin CompL")(Dkt. 22 in No. 15-CV-6143).) In the second action
(the "Ortega Action"), Plaintiffs Jose Ortega and Joce Martinez(the "Ortega Plaintiffs," and
together with the Mumin Plaintiffs, "Plaintiffs") have filed suit against Defendants Uber
Technologies,Inc., Rasier, LLC,Uber USA LLC,Uber Transportation LLC,and John Doe
"Uber Affiliates." (Ortega Am. Compl.("Ort^ CompL")(Dkt. 16 in No. 15-CV-7387).)
Before the court are Uber's motions to(1)compel arbitration as to Plaintiff Victor Mallh
in the Mumin Action and Plaintiff Joce Martinez in the Ortega Action; and(2)dismiss the
operative complaints in both actions pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 9(b)
and 12(b)(6). (See Mumin Defs.' Mot. to Compel Arbitration(Dkt. 28 in No. 15-CV-6143);
Ortega Defs.' Mot. to Compel Arbitration(Dkt. 19 in No. 15-CV-7387); Mumin Defs.' Mot. to
Dismiss(Dkt. 26 in No. 15-CV-6143); Ortega Defs.' Mot. to Dismiss(Dkt. 22 in
No. 15-CV-7387).) Because ofthe substantial similarity in facts and the legal issues raised, the
court will address these motions together in this Memorandum and Order.
For the following reasons, the court GRANTS Uber's motions to compel Plaintiffs Mallh
and Martinez to arbitrate their claims. The court also GRANTS IN PART and DENIES IN
PART Uber's motions to dismiss Plaintiffs' operative complaints.
Facts as Alleged in the Operative Complaints
Uber is a ride-sharing service that uses a mobile application to connect its drivers to
potential passengers. (Mumin Compl.
3,16; Ortega Compl.^ 25.) Uber's mobile application
allows a rider to request a ride by inputting a pick-up location and a destination.
(Ortega Compl.^ 25.) The application matches the rider vrith one of Uber's available drivers in
the vicinity and then provides the rider with an estimated fare. (Id.^ Ifthe rider accepts the
estimated fare, then the available Uber driver is dispatched to pick up the rider. (Id.) At the end
ofthe ride, the passenger completes the transaction by paying Uber through the mobile
application. (See id.: see also Mumin Compl.^ 46.) Uber pays drivers, on a weekly basis, their
share ofthe fares earned for their rides. (See Mumin Compl.146; Ortega Compl.
Plaintiffs allege that Uber misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors rather than
employees in order to avoid New York Labor Law requirements, such as minimum wage,
overtime pay, and expense reimbursement. (Mumin Compl.
4,41; Ortega Compl.^ 57.)
They assert that Uber "exercised control over their wages,their hours, and their working
conditions," and "regulate[d] every aspect of Uber Drivers'job performance." (Mumin
25-26; see also Ortega Compl. K 58.) Uber controls the qualifications ofthe drivers it
chooses to hire, requiring prospective drivers to submit to background checks and to complete an
in depth training process. (Mumin Compl.
27,43-44; Ortega Compl.
28, 59-68.) For
example, potential drivers must watch an instructional video detailing Uber's rules for how
drivers are to interact with riders. (Mumin Compl.^ 44; Ortega Compl.
62-65.) The video
allegedly directs drivers "to stock their cars with water, snacks, and phone chargers for use by
the customer," and "to dress in a certain way that would convey the message that the driver is the
rider's personal chauffeur." (Ortega Compl.^ 65.) Uber also allegedly requires its drivers to
pass a "City Competency Test" before they can begin working. (Id.
66-67.) In addition, Uber
drivers must register their vehicles with Uber, which bars the use of vehicles over ten years old.
(Mumin Compl.^ 28.)
Once a driver begins working for Uber, his or her performance is monitored through a
five-star rating system whereby riders are asked to rate the driver at the end ofeach trip.
(See Mumin Compl.145; Ortega Compl.^ 69.) Drivers must maintain an average customer
rating of4.5 stars out of 5. (See Mumin Compl.145; Ortega Compl.f 69.) If drivers' customer
rating falls below the minimum threshold, they have 30 days to improve their rating. (See
Mumin Compl.^ 45; see also Ortega Compl. UK 69-72.) Failure to increase the rating to the
required 4.5 stars will result in the deactivation of a driver in Uber's mobile application,
effectively terminating the parties' working relationship. (Mumin Compl. K 45;
Ortega Compl. K 72.)
Plaintiffs allege that they incurred weekly expenses such as fuel, insurance, finance
payments for their vehicles, as well as cleaning, tolls, and car maintenance costs, while driving
for Uber. (Mumin Compl. KK 10,15; Ortega Compl. K 28.) Uber did not reimburse Plaintiffs for
their expenses. (Mumin Compl. K 11; Ortega Compl. K 28.) Plaintiffs additionally allege that
Uber shifts the burden of its own expenses onto the drivers through its $1 per ride "safe ride" fee.
(Mumin Compl. K 33; Ortega Compl. KK 27-28.) Uber supposedly uses this fee to pay for
background checks, driver safety education, and the development ofsafety features in its mobile
application. (Mumin Compl. K 33; Ortega Compl. K 28.)
Plaintiffs also take issue with Uber's policy on gratuities. Uber directs its drivers to
decline any tips offered by their riders. (Mumin Compl. K 38; Ortega Compl.fl 75-76(noting
that Uber permits drivers to accept gratuity only after a rider offers it three times).) Uber
allegedly represents to riders that gratuity is included in the cost ofthe fares. (Mumin Compl.
K 37; Ortega Compl. K 77.) Uber's website advises riders that "there's no need to tip." (Mumin
Compl. K 69; Ortega Compl. K 77.)
Plaintiffs further allege that Uber misled them in marketing materials designed to recruit
prospective drivers. (Mumin Compl. KK 34-35; Ortega Compl. K198-99.) The details ofthe
deceptive advertisements vary between the two Complaints, and are described in greater detail
Allegations Specific to the Mumin Action
Plaintiff Manzoor Mumin allegedly drove for Uber jfrom November 2011 to July 2013,
while Plaintiff Victor Mallh began driving for Uber in June 2015 and continues to do so.
nVfumin Compl.tH 8, 13.) Mumin worked an estimated 55 hours per week as an Uber driver, and
Mallh works 70 hours per week. (Id
9,14.) Mumin alleges that he earned
approximately $1,100 a week before taking into account weekly expenses of about $766, and
Mallh states that he earns $1,400 each week while incxirring $900 in weekly expenses.
10,15.) After deducting his weekly expenses, Mumin calculates that his effective hourly
wage was $6.07. (Id1[10.) Mallh similarly estimates his effective wage to be $7.14. (Id 15.)
During Mumin's time with Uber,the mdriimum wage in New York was $7.25 and later $8.00 per
hour. (Id H 10.) The minimum wage is $9.00 an hour for the time that Mallh drove for Uber.
The Mumin Plaintiffs further allege that Uber's drivers are required to log a certain
number of hours driving or they risk deactivation. (Id H 45.) Relatedly, drivers who accept less
than 90% ofthe ride requests sent to them through the Uber mobile application risk temporary
deactivation. Qd H 61 (including screenshots ofthe Uber application in which a driver was
deactivated for 24 hours for accepting less than 90% ofthe ride requests and, separately, an Uber
recommendation to its drivers that they should accept at least 80% oftrip requests).) Drivers are
also prohibited from soliciting or accepting requests for future rides from their Uber passengers
outside ofthe Uber mobile application. (Id H 47.)
As to gratuity, the Mumin Complaint includes specific allegations that up until the end
of2012, Uber's website contained statements such as "There's no need to hand your driver any
payment and the tip is included," and "Please thank your driver, but tip is already included."
rid. ^ 69.) Although Uber revised its website in 2013 to state only that "there's no need to tip,"
Uber has on occasion continued to represent to passengers that "tip [is] included" as late as
April 2015. Qdi HH 69-70.) The Mumin Plaintiffs assert that Uber's "there's no need to tip"
statement harmed its drivers by depriving them oftips that they otherwise would have received.
Finally, the Mumin Plaintiffs assert that Uber misled its drivers by claiming that "drivers
can earn $2,000 a week by driving for Uber." Qd 134(including a screenshot of an Uber
advertisement which states: "Depending on your market, it is easy to make $2,000 a week
driving for uber").) The Mumin Plaintiffs argue that they did not earn this "guaranteed ... pay,"
despite working over 40 hours a week. Qd.) They further assert that, even if$2,000 a week in
gross income is possible, the advertisement is deceptive because it does not account for
expenses, which in their case reduce their hourly wage below New York's minimum wage.
Allegations Specific to the Ortega Action
The Ortega Plaintiffs are current Uber drivers. (Ortega Compl.H 34, 50.) Plaintiff Jose
Ortega became an Uber driver aroimd August 2014, after seeing Uber advertisements that
contained claims that its drivers would make certain guaranteed income. (Id H 32-33.) Ortega
alleges that he works 6 days a week on average,for 10 to 12 hours per day, or approximately 60
to 72 hours per week. (Id 136.) He receives gross weekly wages that range from $600
to $1,000 a week, and incurs "hundreds of dollars each week" in work-related expenses. (Id
1140,42-43.) Plaintiff Joce Martinez similarly applied to be an Uber driver around
August 2014. (Id 149.) Martinez was allegedly induced to join Uber after seeing
advertisements that claimed drivers would earn $60,000 in their first year. (Id H 48-49.)
Martinez alleges that he works an average of5 to 6 days a week for 5 to 10 hours per day, or
approximately 25 to 60 hours per week. (Id ^ 50.) He receives gross weekly wages that range
from $700 to $1,000 a week, and incurs "hundreds of dollars each week" in expenses related to
driving for Uber. (Id
The Ortega Plaintiffs allege that Uber not only penalizes drivers who receive poor
customer ratings, but also provides certain benefits to drivers with high customer ratings, such as
discounts to certain retailers and premier driving assignments, including long-distance rides and
the ability the work in exclusive locations. (Id
On the issue of gratuities, the Ortega Plaintiffs assert that the custom in New York City is
to tip taxi drivers 18-22% ofthe full fare. (Id 179.) They point to Uber's alleged representation
that tip is included in the fare and argue that a portion ofthe fare charged to a rider is a gratuity,
which Uber withholds from its drivers in violation of New York law. (Id UK 80-82.)
Finally, the Ortega Plaintiffs claim that Uber's marketing prominently states that drivers
can make "$5,000 Guaranteed." (Id K 98.) Their Complaint includes one example ofthese
allegedly misleading advertisements, which states "Drive & Make $5,000 Guaranteed, during
your first month. Go to uber.com/5000." (Id K 147.) The Ortega Plaintiffs contend that Uber
used this and similar offers of guaranteed compensation to induce them to work for Uber. (Id
Additional Factual Allegations
In support ofits motions to compel arbitration against Plaintiffs Mallh and Martinez,
Uber submitted declarations by one of its operation specialists, who reviewed Uber's business
records and was familiar with the process an individual must go through to become an Uber
driver. (Deck of Michael Colman("Mumin Colman Deck")(Dkt. 30 in No. 15-CV-6143); Deck
of Michael Colman("Ortega Colman Deck")(Dkt. 21 in No. 15-CV-7387).)
The operation specialist represented that a prospective driver cannot begin using Tiber's
mobile application to connect to potential riders until the driver agrees to a service agreement
with Tiber, nvfiimin Colman Decl.^ 7; Ortega Colman Decl. 7.) A hyperlink to an electronic
version ofthe operative agreement is available when the driver jSrst opens Tiber's mobile
application, TMumin Colman Decl. 18; Ortega Colman Decl. ^8.) This initial screen is titled
"TERMS AND CONDITIONS," and states near the top "TO GO ONLINE,YOU MUST
REVIEW ALL THE DOCUMENTS BELOW AND AGREE TO THE CONTRACTS
BELOW." (Ex. A to Mumin Colman Decl.; Ex. A to Ortega Colman Decl.) At the bottom of
the screen, below hyperlinks to the operative agreement and other addenda, there is a button
labeled "YES,I AGREE." (Ex. A to Mumin Colman Decl.; Ex. A to Ortega Colman Decl.)
Above this button is the statement"By clicking below, you represent that you have reviewed all
the documents above and that you agree to all the contracts above." (Ex. A to Mumin Colman
Deck; Ex. A to Ortega Colman Decl.) A potential driver cannot advance past this initial screen
unless he or she selects the "YES,I AGREE" button. (Mumin Colman Decl.^ 8; Ortega Colman
Decl. ^8.) Once this button is selected, a new screen pops up on the mobile application that asks
the user to "PLEASE CONFIRM THAT YOU HAVE REVIEWED ALL THE DOCUMENTS
AND AGREE TO ALL THE NEW CONTRACTS." (Ex. B to Mumin Colman Deck; Ex. B to
Ortega Colman Deck) The driver may select either"NO"or "YES,I AGREE." (Ex. B to
Mumin Cohnan Deck; Ex. B to Ortega Colman Deck) Only after a driver confirms acceptance
ofthe terms and conditions will the driver be granted access to the rest ofthe mobile application,
allowing the driver to begin connecting with riders. (Mumin Colman Deck f 8; Ortega Cohnan
Deck H 8.) The agreement that the driver accepted is available for review at any time through the
Driver Portal ofthe mobile application. (Mumin Colman Deck K 8; Ortega Colman Deck ^8.)
Uber periodically revises its agreements and, when it does, drivers must repeat these same steps
to accept the new agreement. tMumin Colman Decl.^ 9; Ortega Colman Decl. ^ 9.) A driver is
prompted to review the revised documents and must accept and then confirm their acceptance of
the new agreement in order to receive continued access to Tiber's mobile application. (Mumin
Colman Decl.^ 9; Ortega Colman Decl. If 9.)
At the time Plaintiff Victor Mallh initiated the process to become an Uber driver, the
operative service agreement was the April 3,2015, Transportation Company Agreement(the
"April 2015 Agreement"). (Mumin Colman Decl. ^ 11; see also April 2015 Agreement(id,
Ex. C).) Mallh accepted the April 2015 Agreement on June 9,2015, and began driving for Uber.
fMumin Colman Decl. If 11.) On December 14, 2015, Uber presented Mallh with a revised
agreement, the December 11, 2015, Technology Services Agreement(the "December 2015
Agreement"), through the mobile application. (Id ^12; see also December 2015 Agreement(id,
Ex. D).) Mallh accepted the December 2015 Agreement. fMumin Colman Decl.^ 12.)
Plaintiff Joce Martinez began the process to become an Uber driver in August 2014,
when the operative agreement was the June 21,2014, Software License Agreement(the
"June 2014 Agreement"). (Ortega Colman Decl. ^11; see also June 2014 Agreement(id,
Ex. C).) Martinez accepted the June 2014 Agreement on August 6,2014. (Ortega Colman
Decl. II11.) Uber presented Martinez with a revised agreement,the November 10, 2014
Transportation Company Agreement(the "November 2014 Agreement"), which Martinez
accepted on February 28, 2015. (Id ^ 12; see also November 2014 Agreement(id,Ex. D).)
Uber later provided Martinez with another revision, the April 2015 Agreement, and Martinez
accepted its terms on October 17, 2015. (Ortega Colman Decl. If 12.) The last revised
agreement with which Martinez was presented was the December 2015 Agreement. Qd 113.)
He accepted the agreement on December 12, 2015. (Id)
Each ofthe Uber agreements Plaintiffs Mallh and Martinez agreed to contained a
substantially similar arbitration clause. fSee. e.g.. December 2015 Agreement § 15.3.)
Arbitration is not mandatory: a driver may opt out ofarbitration within 30 days of accepting the
underlying agreement. (See, e.g.. id. § 15.3(viii).) A driver opts out of arbitration by notifying
Uber in writing of his or her intent to do so by email, a nationally-recognized delivery service
such as U.P.S., or hand delivery. (See, e.g.. id)
Plaintiff Mallh did not opt out ofthe arbitration provision of either the April 2015
Agreement or the December 2015 Agreement. (Mumin Colman Decl. H 14.)
Plaintiff Martinez did not opt out of arbitration for the June 2014 Agreement or the
November 2014 Agreement. (Ortega Colman DecL 16.) He did attempt to opt out of
arbitration a week after his receipt ofthe April 2015 Agreement by a letter drafted by Martinez's
counsel and delivered to Uber via email and U.P.S. delivery. (Decl. of Joce Martinez(Dkt. 26 in
7-11.) Uber claims that this attempted opt-out was invalid because a
provision ofthe November 2014 Agreement stated that "[u]nless changes are made to the
arbitration provisions herein,[Martinez] agrees that modification ofthis Agreement does not
create a renewed opportunity to opt out of arbitration." (November 2014 Agreement § 14.1.)
The arbitration provision did not change between the November 2014 Agreement and the
April 2015 Agreement. (Ortega Colman Decl.116.) Martinez disputes this contention, and
states that his opt-out was "retroactive and prospective." (Decl. of Joce Martinez 12.) After
the April 2015 Agreement, Martinez agreed to one additional revised contract with Uber,the
December 2015 Agreement. (Ortega Colman Decl.^ 16.) The arbitration provision in the
December 2015 Agreement was modified,' and thus Uber agrees Martinez could have opted out
of arbitration within 30 days of agreeing to this revised contract. (See id) However, Martinez
did not opt out ofthe arbitration provision in the December 2015 Agreement. (Id)
The arbitration clause in each ofthe aforementioned agreements contained similar
language regarding its scope. The operative provision (the "Arbitration Provision")in the
December 2015 Agreement,the latest agreement agreed to by Mallh and Martinez, provides that:
Except as it otherwise provides, this Arbitration Provision is
intended to apply to the resolution of disputes that otherwise
would be resolved in a court of law or before any forum other
than arbitration, with the exception of proceedings that must be
exhausted under applicable law before pursuing a claim in a
court of law or in any forum other than arbitration. Except as
it otherwise provides, this Arbitration Provision requires all
such disputes to be resolved only by an arbitrator through final
and binding arbitration on an individual basis only and not by
way of court or jury trial, or by way of class, collective, or
Except as provided in Section 15.3(v), below, regarding the Class
Action Waiver, such disputes include without limitation disputes
arising out of or relating to interpretation or application of this
Arbitration Provision, including the enforceabilitv. revocabilitv or
validity ofthe Arbitration Provision or anv portion ofthe Arbitration
Provision. All such matters shall be decided by an Arbitrator and
not by a court orjudge
Except as it otherwise provides, this Arbitration Provision also
applies, without limitation, to all disputes between You and
Uber....including but not limited to any disputes arising out of or
related to this Agreement and disputes arising out of or related to
Your relationship with Uber. including termination of the
'The substance ofthe modification is not material for any of Plaintiffs' claims. For purposes ofthe present
discussion, the only material issue is the fact ofthe change itself.
^"PAGA"refers to California's Private Attorneys General Act of2004.
(December 2015 Agreement § 15.3(i)(underlining added, bold in original).) This agreement
also includes a "Class Action Waiver," which states:
You and Uber agree to resolve any dispute that is in arbitration
on an individual basis only,and not on a class or collective action
basis ("Class Action Waiver"). The Arbitrator shall have no
authority to consider or resolve any claim or issue any relief on
any basis other than an individual basis. The Arbitrator shall
have no authority to consider or resolve any claim or issue any
relief on a class, collective, or representative basis.
Notwithstanding any other provision of this Agreement, the
Arbitration Provision or the JAMS Streamlined Arbitration Rules &
Procedures, disputes regarding the enforceabilitv. revocabilitv or
validity ofthe Class Action Waiver mav be resolved onlv bv a civil
court of competent jurisdiction and not bv an arbitrator.
(Id. § 15.3(v)(underlining added, bold in original).)
The Mumin Plaintiffs originally filed their action in the Supreme Court of New York,
Kings County, but it was removed by Uber on October 26,2015, on the basis of diversity of
citizenship and under the Class Action Fairness Act. (See Not. of Removal(Dkt. 1 in
No. 15-CV-6143).) The operative complaint in this action is the Third Amended Class Action
Complaint, filed on March 18,2016. (Mumin Compl.) The Mumin Plaintiffs assert the
following claims, all under New York law:(1) violations under the New York Labor Law,
including(a)unlawfully retaining gratuities,(b)failure to keep required payroll records, and
(c)failure to pay minimum wages;(2)tortious interference with a contract and business
relations;(3)breach of contract;(4)unjust enrichment;(5)conversion;(6)fraud and
misrepresentation; and(7)promissory estoppel. (Id.
The Ortega Plaintiffs filed their action in this court on December 29, 2015. The operative
complaint is the First Amended Class Action Complaint,filed on April 25,2016.
(Ortega Compl.) This action was initially before Judge I. Leo Glasser ofthis court but, on
March 9,2016,the case was reassigned to the undersigned as related to the Mumin Action.
(Mar. 9, 2016, Order in No. 15-CV-7387.) The Ortega Plaintiffs assert the following claims, all
under New York law:(1) violations under the New York Labor Law,including(a) unlawfully
retaining gratuities,(b)failure to pay spread-of-hour wages,(c)illegal deductions of gratuities
and wages,(d)failure to keep required payroll records and provide necessary wage statements
and other notices,(e)failure to provide meal and rest periods,(f)failure to pay niinimxim wages,
(g)failure to pay overtime wages, and(h)unlawfiil deductions and kickbacks;(2)tortious
interference with business relations;(3)breach of contract;(4)conversion; and (5)false
Pending before the court are Uber's motions to compel individual arbitration as to two of
the plaintiffs: Victor Mallh in the Mumin Action, and Joce Martinez in the Ortega Action.^ CSee
Mumin Defs.' Mot.to Compel Arbitration; Ortega Defs.' Mot. to Compel Arbitration.) Uber
concedes that Plaintiffs Manzoor Mumin and Jose Ortega properly opted out of arbitration, and
thus does not seek to compel individual arbitrations against them. Also before the court are
Uber's motions to dismiss the operative complaints in both actions pursuant to Rules 9(b)
and 12(b)(6) ofthe Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (See Mumin Defs,' Mot. to Dismiss;
Ortega Defs.' Mot. to Dismiss.)
^ Plaintiff Martinez maintains that he opted out of arbitration. However, as noted previously, Martinez agreed to two
versions ofthe software license agreement before attempting to opt out of arbitration in the April 2015 Agreement.
Martinez does not dispute that the terms ofthe agreements he executed do not allow him to opt out of arbitration in
the April 2015 Agreement. He only argues that it would be against public policy to require drivers to opt out again
every time there is a revised agreement, and the manifestation ofhis intent with the April 2015 Agreement not to
arbitrate should be sufficient. However, he does not provide any case law in support ofthese arguments, and the
court declines to consider such unsupported claims.
Motion to Compel Arbitration
Plaintiffs Mallh and Martinez contest Uber's motions to compel arbitration on a number
of grounds. The court finds that the Arbitration Provision provides clear and unmistakable
evidence that the parties intended to delegate the issue of arbitrability to an arbitrator, and further
finds that the Provision is not unconscionable. The court also holds that the Class Action Waiver
is valid and enforceable. Accordingly, Plaintiffs Mallh and Martinez are both compelled to
arbitrate their claims on an individual basis.
The Federal Arbitration Act("FAA")establishes a "federal policy favoring arbitration,"
requiring federal courts to "rigorously enforce agreements to arbitrate." Shearson/Am. Exp.. Inc.
V. McMahon.482 U.S. 220,226(1987). A written agreement to arbitrate "shall be valid,
irrevocable, and enforceable, save upon such grounds as exist at law or in equity for the
revocation of any contract." 9 U.S.C. § 2. Under the FAA,a party may move the district court
for an order directing that arbitration proceed pursuant to the parties' written agreement. Nicosia
V. Amazon.com. Inc.. 834 F.3d 220, 229(2d Cir. 2016). In deciding such motions to compel
arbitration,"courts apply a 'standard similar to that applicable for a motion for summary
judgment.'" Id (quoting Bensadoun v. Jobe-Riat 316 F.3d 171,175(2d Cir. 2003)). Therefore,
courts must "consider all relevant, admissible evidence submitted by the parties and contained in
'pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with...
affidavits.'" Chambers v. Time Warner. Inc.. 282 F.3d 147, 155(2d Cir. 2002)(quoting Fed. R.
Civ. P. 56(c)). All reasonable inferences must be drawn in favor ofthe non-moving party.
Nicosia, 834 F.3d at 229.
Questions of arbitrability are generally reserved for judicial determination, including
"whether the parties are bound by a given arbitration clause," or "whether an arbitration clause in
a concededly binding contract applies to a particular type of controversy." Howsam v. Dean
Witter Revnolds. Inc.. 537 U.S. 79, 83-84(2002). However, determinations of arbitrability may
be delegated to an arbitrator "ifthere is clear and unmistakable evidence from the arbitration
agreement, as construed by the relevant state law, that the parties intended that the question of
arbitrability shall be decided by the arbitrator." Shaw Grp. Inc. v. Trinlefine Intern. Corp.. 322
F.3d 115,121 (2d Cir. 2003)(internal quotation marks omitted)(quoting Bell v. Cendant
Corp.. 293 F.3d 563,566(2d Cir. 2002)). "This principle 'flow[s] inexorably from the fact that
arbitration is simply a matter ofcontract between the parties.'" Wachovia Bank. Nat'l Ass'n v.
VCG Special Opportunities Master Fund. Ltd.. 661 F.3d 164,171 (2d Cir. 2011)(quoting First
Options. 514 U.S. at 943T
Plaintiff Mallh argues that California law applies to the interpretation ofthe parties'
agreement to arbitrate because the December 2015 Agreement contains a California choice of
law provision. (PL's Mem.ofLaw in Opp'n to Defs.' Mot. to Compel("Mumin Arb. Opp'n")
(Dkt. 34 in No. 15-CV-6143)at 6-8.)"^ By its own terms, however,the choice oflaw provision of
the December 2015 Agreement"do[es] not apply to the arbitration clause ...,such arbitration
clause being governed by the Federal Arbitration Act." (December 2015 Agreement § 15.1.)
Plaintiff MalUi also refers to a similar choice oflaw provision in the April 2015 Agreement, but does not argue that
the terms ofthe April 2015 Agreement should apply over those in the December 2015 Agreement. Because "[i]t is a
well settled principle of contract law that a new agreement between the same parties on the same subject matter
supercedes the old agreement," and because Mallh puts forth no argument to fee contrary,fee court will treat the
December 2015 Agreement as fee operative agreement. Ottawa Office Integration Inc. v. FTP Bus. Svs.. Inc.. 132
F. Supp. 2d 215,219(S.D.N.Y. 2001)(citation omitted).
Where there is no applicable choice oflaw provision, courts in New York apply a "center
of gravity" approach to determine the governing law in contract cases. In re Frito-Lav N. Am..
Inc.. No. 12-MD-2413(RRM)
(RLM),2013 WL 4647512, at *19(E.D.N.Y. Aug. 29,2013)
(citing Lazard Freres & Co. v. Protective Life Ins. Co.. 108 F.3d 1531, 1539(2d Cir. 1997)); see
also Lazard. 108 F. 3d at 1539("A federal court sitting in diversity must apply the choice oflaw
rules ofthe forum state, in this case New York."). In determining the "center of gravity," courts
"consider a spectrum ofsignificant contacts, including the place of contracting,the places of
negotiation and performance, the location ofthe subject matter [ofthe contract], and the domicile
or place of business ofthe contracting parties." In re Frito-Lav. 2013 WL 4647512, at *19
(quoting Lazard Freres & Co.. 108 F.3d at 1539). The places ofcontracting and performance are
typically given the greatest weight. Id Here, while Uber is headquartered in California, Plaintiff
Mallh is a New York resident, holds a New York State Driver's License as well as a For-Hire-
Vehicle License issued by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, performed the
contract at issue in New York, and presumably agreed to the December 2015 Agreement in New
York. (See Mumin Compl.1^112-15,16, 49, 50; Driver's Portal(Mumin Colman Deck,Ex. F).)
The weight of contacts thus points to a "center of gravity" in New York, and the court
accordingly finds that New York law governs.
Clear and Unmistakable Evidence ofIntent to Delegate Arbitrabilitv
Having determined that New York law applies, the court next analyzes whether "there is
clear and unmistakable evidence from the arbitration agreement, as construed by[New York]
law,that the parties intended that the question of arbitrability shall be decided by the arbitrator."
Shaw Grp. Inc.. 322 F.3d at 121 (citations and internal quotation marks omitted). The
Arbitration Provision specifically states that "disputes arising out of or relating to interpretation
or application ofthis Arbitration Provision, including the enforceability, revocability or validity
ofthe Arbitration Provision or any portion ofthe Arbitration Provision ... shall be decided by an
Arbitrator and not by a court orjudge." (December 2015 Agreement § 15.3(i).) This language
clearly and unmistakably evinces the parties' intent to submit to an arbitrator any disputes
relating to the interpretation or application ofthe arbitral clause.
Fratemitv Fund Ltd. v.
Beacon Hill Asset Memt. LLC.371 F. Supp. 2d 571,575-76(S.D.N.Y. 2005)(applying New
York law and finding contractual language that delegates to an arbitrator disputes involving
"meaning, construction, validity and/or enforceability" ofthe parties' agreement "clearly and
unmistakably evidences the parties' intent to submit questions of arbitrability to an arbitrator").
Courts examining contracts with much less explicit statements have found clear and
unmistakable evidence ofintent. See, e.g.. Contec Corp. v. Remote Sol.. Co.. 398 F.3d 205,208
(2d Cir. 2005)(arbitration rules incorporated by reference, some of which "empower an
arbitrator to decide issues of arbitrability"); Bell. 293 F.3d at 568 (broad language that"any
controversy arising in comijection with or relating to this Agreement... or any other matter or
Plaintiff Mallh argues that the delegation of arbitrability was not clear and unmistakable
because other portions ofthe parties' agreement conflict with the Arbitration Provision. fMumin
Arb. Opp'n at 8-9.) He first points to the April and December Agreements' forum selection
clause, which provided for courts in San Francisco to have "exclusive jurisdiction" over any
disputes arising out ofthe parties' agreement. (Id. at 9; see also December Agreement § 15.1.)
Mallh argues that this provision conflicts with the Arbitration Provision, relying exclusively on a
Northern District of California decision, the relevant portions of which were recently reversed by
the Ninth Circuit. (Id.) See Mohamed v. Uber Techs. Inc.. — F.3d—,Nos. 15-16178,15-1618,
15-16250,2016 WL 7470557, at *4-5 (9th Cir. Sept. 7,2016)(reversing in part Mohammad v.
Uber Techs. Inc. 109 F. Supp. 3d 1185(N.D. Cal. 2015)), This argument fundamentally fails for
two reasons. First, the clause analyzed in Mohamed differs materially from the provision here,
which explicitly govems only those disputes "that are not subject to the arbitration clause,"
(December 2015 Agreement § 15,1,) Even without this carve-out, the court would agree with the
Ninth Circuit that the Arbitration Provision is consistent with the "exclusive jurisdiction"
language ofthe forum selection clause. Mohamed. 2016 WL 7470557, at *4, The Ninth Circuit
"No matter how broad the arbitration clause, it may be necessary to
file an action in court to enforce an arbitration agreement, or to
obtain a judgment enforcing an arbitration award, and the parties
may need to invoke the jurisdiction of a court to obtain other
remedies," It is apparent that the venue provision here was intended
for these purposes, and to identify the venue for any other claims
that were not covered by the arbitration agreement.
Id,(quoting Dream Theater. Inc. v. Dream Theater. 21 Cal, Rptr, 3d 322,328(Cal, Ct,
App, 2004)). Other federal courts that have analyzed Uber's agreements have similarly found no
inconsistency. See, e.g.. Varon v, Uber Techs,. Inc.. No, 15-CV-3650(MJG),2016
WL 1752835, at *6(D, Md, May 3, 2016); Senav, Uber Techs,. Inc.. No, 15-CV-2418,2016
WL 1376445, at*3-4(D, Ariz. Apr, 7, 2016), The court thus finds no conflict between the
unambiguous language ofthe Arbitration Provision and the December 2015 Agreement's forum
Plaintiff Martinez argues that the Arbitration Provision ofthe December 2015 Agreement
does not apply to him because he notified Uber of his intent to opt out of arbitration in the prior
April 2015 Agreement. (PL's Mem. of Law in Opp'n to Defs.' Mot. to Compel("Ortega Arb.
Opp'n")(Dkt. 25 in No. 15-CV-7387)at 11-14.) "It is a well settled principle of contract law
that a new agreement between the same parties on the same subject matter supersedes the old
agreement." Ottawa Office Integration Inc. v. FTP Bus. Svs.. Inc.. 132 F. Supp. 2d 215,219
(S.D.N.Y. 2001)(citation omitted). Regardless of whether he previously opted out of arbitration,
Martinez agreed to the subsequent December 2015 Agreement and did not opt out ofits
Arbitration Provision. (Ortega Colman Decl. K 13.) The relevant inquiry before the court then is
whether "there is clear and unmistakable evidence firom the Fonerativel arbitration agreement...
that the parties intended that the question of arbitrability shall be decided by the arbitrator."
Shaw Grp. Inc.. 322 F.3d at 121 (citations and internal quotation marks omitted, emphasis
added). As discussed earlier, the Arbitration Provision's language clearly and unmistakably
states that disputes as to arbitrability are to be decided by an arbitrator. Martinez's arguments
^ Mallh also argues that the service agreements' severability clause is "in some tension" with the Arbitration
Provision because,"given their close proximity to the forum-selection clauses,[they] could be read as delegating
severance power to the court." (Mumin Arb. Opp'n at 9.) This argument is equally unavailing. Mallh again relies
solely on the Northern District of California's decision analyzing a materially different version ofthe Uber's
contracts with its drivers. In Mohamed v. Uber Technologies. Inc.. 109 F. Supp. 3d 1185(N.D. Cal. 2015), affdin
nart. rev'd in part. 2016 WL 7470557(9th Cir. Sept. 7,2016),the court reasoned that "given its placement in the
very same paragraph that provides that all disputes arising out ofthe Uber contracts will be settled in court, it is
reasonable to assume that the typical Uber driver might read this severability language to provide further evidence
that Uber intended any determination as to whether'any provision ofthis Agreement is ... invalid or
unenforceable' to be made in court, and not arbitration." Id at 1201-02. Here, however, not only is the severability
clause not in the same paragraph as the forum selection clause, it is in a different section ofthe parties' agreement.
(December 2015 Agreement § 14.3 (severability); id § 15.1 (forum selection clause).) As such, any potential
confusion that may have been present in the earlier contracts analyzed by the California district court is not present
in this case.
that he expressed his intent to opt out ofa prior arbitral clause before agreeing to the
December 2015 Agreement is irrelevant. Under New York law,"where the language is clear and
unambiguous,the court is required to ascertain the intent ofthe parties from within the four
comers ofthe instrument, and not from extrinsic evidence." Alliance Bemstein Inv. Research &
Mgmt.. Inc. V. Schaffran. 455 F.3d 121, 127(2d Cir. 2006)(quoting Von Buren v. Von
Buren.675 N.Y.S.2d 739, 739-40(N.Y. App. Div. 1998)).^
The court finds that Uber, Plaintiff Mallh, and Plaintiff Martinez intended to delegate
questions of arbitrability to an arbitrator, and therefore any challenge to the scope, enforceability,
or applicability ofthe Arbitration Provision is for an arbitrator to resolve in the first instance.
Validity of Delegation of Arbitrability
Where a court finds clear and unmistakable evidence that contractual parties agreed to
arbitrate arbitrability, a party may nonetheless challenge the delegation of arbitrability itself as
invalid for unconscionability. See Rent-A-Center. West. Inc. v. Jackson, 561 U.S. 63,69-70
(2010). Because an agreement to arbitrate threshold issues such as interpretation and
applicability of an arbitration clause is simply "an additional, antecedent agreement the party
seeking arbitration asks the federal court to enforce," this antecedent agreement itself must be
valid and enforceable. Id at 70. As the Supreme Court explained, the "'clear and unmistakable'
requirement... pertains to the parties' manifestation ofintent, and not the agreement's validity."
Id. at 69 n.l. The court has concluded that the parties agreed to arbitrate arbitrability, but the
® The court also rejects Martinez's complaint that the language regarding delegation of arbitrability was "buried
within  dense language" and that it was not "bolded [or] underlined,[and did not] contain capitalized words."
(Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 17-18.) Martinez read the Uber agreements "very carefully," however, and discussed the
arbitration clause in one ofthe agreements with counsel. (Decl. of Joce Martinez 8-9.) He cannot now claim that
the delegation clause was "hidden." (Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 18.) Gold v. Deutsche Aktiengesselschaft. 365
F.3d 144, 149(2d Cir. 2004)(finding that parties are assumed to have read the terms ofthe contract to which they
agree). The court also sees no issue with the location ofthe contested delegation clause. It is located in the third
paragraph of a section entitled "How This Arbitration Provision Applies," following two paragraphs that explain the
general scope ofthe Arbitration Provision. (See December 2015 Agreement § 15.3(i).)
question remains whether that agreement is itself enforceable. Id However,Plaintiffs'
challenge must be aimed squarely upon the delegation of arbitrability itself, rather than the
remainder ofthe Arbitration Provision or the December 2015 Agreement as a whole. Id
at 71-72. This is because attacks on the latter are reserved to the arbitrator. Id at 72. ISee also
December Agreement § 15.3(i)("This Agreement is intended to require arbitration ofevery
claim or dispute that lawfully can be arbitrated, except for those claims and disputes
which...are expressly excluded from the Arbitration Provision.").)
Under New York law,an agreement is unconscionable only if"the contract was both
procedurally and substantively unconscionable when made." Robinson v. Entm't One US LP.
No. 14-CV-1203(AJN),2015 WL 3486119, at *9(S.D.N.Y. June 2,2015)(citations omitted).
"The procedural element of unconscionability concems the contract formation process and the
alleged lack of meaningful choice; the substantive element looks to the content ofthe contract,"
Id (quoting Ragone v. Atl. Video at Manhattan Ctr.. 595 F.3d 115,121-22(2d Cir. 2010)). An
agreement is not procedurally unconscionable if there is a meaningful opportunity to opt out.
Valle V. ATMNat'l.LLC.No. 14-CV-7993(KBF),2015 WL 413449, at *6(S.D.N.Y.
Jan. 30,2015)(approving of a 45-day window to opt out of arbitration clause); Teah v. Macv's
Inc.. No. 1 l-CV-1356,2011 WL 6838151, at *6(E.D.N.Y. Dec. 29, 2011)(concluding that an
arbitration agreement was not procedurally unconscionable because it contained an opt-out
provision and noting that other cases have not even required such opt-out clauses); cf. also
Mohamed 2016 WL 7470557, at *5-6 (finding Uber arbitration provision not unconscionable
under California law because the drivers could have opted out).
Here, Mallh and Martinez had 30 days to opt out of the Arbitration Provision, as
Plaintiffs Manzoor and Ortega had done, but failed to do so. Even a form contract that is offered
on a "take it or leave it" basis, without a chance to opt out, may be valid. Naval v. HIP Network
Servs. IPA. Inc.. 620 F. Supp. 566, 571-72(S.D.N.Y. 2009). Moreover,inequality in bargaining
position alone is not sufficient unless it is combined with "high pressure tactics that coerce [a
signatory's] acceptance of onerous terms." Valle. 2015 WL 413449, at *6. No such "high
pressure tactics" are alleged here. Uber presented the agreement to arbitrate to its drivers,
specifically noting in bold that "[ajrbitration is not a mandatory condition of your contractual
relationship with Uber." (December 2015 Agreement § 15.3(viii).) The agreement to arbitrate
arbitrability thus was not procedurally unconscionable.
Because Plaintiffs Mallh and Martinez cannot make the necessary showing of procedural
unconscionability, the court need not decide whether the delegation of arbitrability is
Class Action Waiver
The only question remaining is whether the court compels individual arbitration as to
Plaintiffs Mallh and Martinez. Uber seeks to enforce the Class Action Waiver portion ofthe
Arbitration Provision, which states:
Plaintiff Martinez additionally argues procedural unconscionability on the grounds that the language ofthe
Arbitration Provision was convoluted and confusing. (Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 19-20.) However,the provision plainly
states that it covers "disputes arising out of or relating to interpretation or application ofthis Arbitration Provision,
including [its] enforceability, revocability or validity
"(December 2015 Agreement § 15.3(i).) The fact that
this language was not highlighted for Martinez does not create an issue of procedural unconscionability where none
exists. Cf Application of Whitehaven S.F.. LLC v. Spangler. 45 F. Supp. 3d 333,351 (S.D.N.Y. 2014)("[F]me
print ofthe clauses does not make them unconscionable as long as those clauses have the same font size and color
with other clauses."). Martinez also complained that the Arbitration Provision was only provided in English, even
though Uber knew many of its drivers spoke English as a second or third language. (Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 19-20.)
He cites no case law that supports the proposition a contract must be translated into the other party's primary
language to avoid a finding procedural unconscionability. Indeed,"New York courts have repeatedly ruled that even
the fact that a prospective employee possesses an imperfect grasp ofthe English language will not relieve the
employee of making a reasonable effort to have the document explained to him."
Ragone v. Atl. Video at
Manhattan Ctr.. 595 F.3d 115,122(2d Cir. 2010)(citation omitted).
The court also declines to address Mallh and Martinez's remaining arguments that attack the
December 2015 Agreement or the Arbitration Provision as a whole, including on public policy grounds(Mumin
Arb. Opp'n at 16-22; Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 22-23)as these questions are for an arbitrator to decide, Rent-A-Center.
West Inc.. 561 U.S. at 72.
You and Uber agree to resolve any dispute that is in arbitration
on an individual basis only,and not on a class or collective action
basis ("Class Action Waiver")* The Arbitrator shall have no
authority to consider or resolve any claim or issue any relief on
any basis other than an individual basis. The Arbitrator shall
have no authority to consider or resolve any claim or issue any
relief on a class, collective, or representative basis.
(December 2015 Agreement § 15.3(v)(bold in original).) The service agreement specifies that
"disputes regarding the enforceability, revocability or validity ofthe Class Action Waiver may
be resolved only by a civil court of competentjurisdiction and not by an arbitrator." fid.)
Plaintiff Mallh does not appear to challenge the validity ofthe Class Action Waiver. (Mumin
Arb. Opp'n at 16 (arguing that the Class Action Waiver is unenforceable only because the
Arbitration Provision is void on California public policy grounds).) Plaintiff Martinez, however,
argues that the Class Action Waiver is imenforceable because it violates the Norris-La Guardia
Act. (Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 24-25.)
The Norris-La Guardia Act protects an individual employee's right to engage in
"concerted activities for the purpose of... mutual aid or protection." 29 U.S.C. § 102. Any
agreement that infringes on this right is unenforceable. Id. § 103. Martinez contends that the
abihty to pursue arbitration on a class-wide basis is a "concerted activit[y] for the purpose of...
mutual aid or protection," and that the Class Action Waiver is thus invalid as a matter oflaw.
However,the Second Circuit has rejected this argument twice—implicitly and explicitly. In
Sutherland v. Ernst & Young LLP. 726 F.3d 290(2d Cir. 2013),the court addressed whether a
similar right under Sections 7 and 8(a)(1) ofthe National Labor Relations Act("NLRA")^
rendered class action waivers in an arbitration agreement unenforceable. Id. at 292. The court
® As with the Norris-LaGuardia Act, the NLRA prohibits any agreement that interferes with an employee's ability to
take part in "concerted activities for the purpose of... mutual aid or protection." 29 U.S.C.§§ 157, 158(a)(1).
found that it did not, rejecting the National Labor Relations Board's contrary decision in D.R.
Norton. Inc.. 357 N.L.R.B. No. 184(Jan. 3, 2012). Sutherland. 726 F.3d at 297 n.8. In a later
summary order, the Second Circuit analyzed whether a "prohibition ofclass or collective
adjudication of work-related claims illegally restricts employees' substantive rights under the
NLRA and the Norris-La Guardia Act, and is unenforceable under the FAA." Patterson v.
Ravmours Furniture Co.. 659 F. App'x 40,42(2d Cir. Sept. 2,2016)(summary order), petition
for cert, filed (U.S. Jan. 9,2017)(No. 16-388). The court again found no infringement. Id.
at 43. Although Sutherland did not directly reference the Norris-La Guardia Act,the Patterson
opinion noted that "the parties in Sutherland extensively briefed their arguments under the
NLRA and [the Norris-La Guardia Act], and the panel's rejection ofthose arguments was
necessary to its judgment." Id. The court in Patterson therefore found that it was bound by the
holding in Sutherland "until such time as it is overruled either by an en banc panel of[the Second
Circuit] or by the Supreme Court." Id.(quoting United States v. Wilkerson. 361 F.3d 717,732
(2d Cir. 2004)).^ For the same reasons, the undersigned now rejects Martinez's challenge to the
Class Action Waiver under the Norris-La Guardia Act.
' circuit courts are split over whether a class action waiver runs afoul ofthe NLRA or the Norris-La Guardia
Act. The Second, Fifth, and Eighth Circuits found such waivers enforceable under the FAA,but the Seventh and
Ninth Circuits found them unenforceable. Patterson. 659 F. App'x at 43(collecting cases). The Supreme Court is
poised to resolve this dispute. On January 13,2017, the Supreme Court granted the petitions for a writ ofcertiorari
in Murphv Oil USA. Inc. v. National Labor Relations Board. 808 F.3d 1013 (5th Cir. 20151. Morris v. Ernst &
Young. LLP.834 F.3d 975 (9th Cir. 2016), and Lewis v. Enic Svstems Corp.. 823 F.3d 1147(7th Cir. 2016), on
whether the NLRA prohibits a class action waiver in arbitration agreements. 2017 WL 125664.
For the foregoing reasons, Uber's motion to compel Plaintiffs Mallh and Martinez to
arbitrate their claims on an individual basis is granted.^®
Motion to Dismiss
The court next addresses Uber's motions to dismiss all claims asserted by Plaintiffs
Manzoor Mumin and Jose Ortega, both of whom opted out ofthe Arbitration Provision.
Plaintiffs raise a raft of claims based in New York Labor Laws, consumer protection statutes,
and various common law causes of action. Uber seeks to dismiss all ofthese claims as
insufficiently pleaded under Rules 12(b)(6) and 9(b)ofthe Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
The court finds that Plaintiff Ortega adequately pleads claims that Uber(a)failed to remit
gratuities and pay overtime,(b)engaged in unlawful deductions,(c) provided inadequate pay
statements, and (d)engaged in false advertising. The court separately finds that Plaintiff
Mumin's Complaint contains sufficiently pleaded claims that Uber failed to remit gratuities and
pay minimum wage. The court dismisses Plaintiffs' remaining claims.
The purpose of a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim under Rule 12(b)(6) is to
test the legal sufficiency of a plaintiffs claims for relief. Patane v. Clark. 508 F.3d 106,112
(2d Cir. 2007). In reviewing a complaint,the court must accept as true all allegations offact, and
draw all reasonable inferences in favor ofthe plaintiff. ATSI Commc'ns. Inc. v. Shaar Fund.
The court also rejects Martinez's argument that Uber's motion to compel individual arbitration is "premature as
no discovery has been exchanged between the parties." (Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 25.) Because a motion to compel
arbitration is reviewed pursuant to a standard similar to that for summary judgment,some discovery may be
necessaiy as to the factual predicates relevant to such a motion. Lismore v. Societe Generate Energv Corp.. No. 11CV-6705(AJN),2012 WL 3577833, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 17,2012). However,there is no genuine issue as to the
material facts relevant to the present motion. This is not a case where discovery is needed to determine whether
Martinez executed the December 2015 Agreement; he has not denied that he did. See, e.g.. Hudson v. Babilonia.
No. 14-CV-1646(MPS),2015 WL 1780879, at *2(D. Conn. Apr. 20,2015)(finding motion to compel arbitration
premature because plaintiff denied in sworn affidavits that he never signed the relevant contracts). Indeed, the
discovery that Martinez seeks relates to other potential plaintiffs or to the merits of his underlying claims, not to
whether he himself agreed to arbitrate his claims. (See Ortega Arb. Opp'n at 25-26.)
Ltd.. 493 F.3d 87,98(2d Cir. 2007). A complaint will survive a motion to dismiss ifit contains
"sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to 'state a claim to relief that is plausible on its
face.'" Ashcroft v. Iqbal. 556 U.S. 662,678(2009)fquoting Bell Atl. Corp. v. Twomblv,550
U.S. 544, 570(2007)). Plausibility "is not akin to a 'probability requirement,"' but requires
"more than a sheer possibility that a defendant has acted unlawfully." Id at 678 (quoting
Twomblv.550 U.S. at 556). "A claim has facial plausibility when the plaintiff pleads factual
content that allows the court to draw the reasonable inference that the defendant is liable for the
misconduct alleged." Id "[M]ere 'labels and conclusions' or 'formulaic recitation[s] ofthe
elements of a cause of action will not do'; rather, the complaint's Tflactual allegations must be
enough to raise a right to relief above the speculative level.'" Arista Records. LLC v. Doe 3.604
F.3d 110, 120(2d Cir. 2010)(emphasis in original)(quoting Twomblv.550 U.S at 555).
In contrast to the more generous standard applicable to most pleadings, complaints that
include allegations offraud must be "pled with particularity" imder Rule 9(b) ofthe Federal
Rules of Civil Procedure.
Mills v. Polar Molecular Corp.. 12 F.3d 1170,1175
(2d Cir. 1993). While the court must continue to accept as true all factual allegations in the
complaint and draw inferences in favor ofthe pleader, the pleader must include more detailed
information in order to give rise to an inference offraudulent intent. Id Specifically,"
alleging fraud or mistake, a party must state with particularity the circumstances constituting
fraud or mistake." Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b); see also Mills. 12 F.3d at 1175 (Complaints subject to
9(b) must "(1) specify the statements that the plaintiff contends were fraudulent,(2)identify the
speaker,(3) state where and when the statements were made, and (4)explain why the statements
The particularity requirement applies to "all averments offraud...and is not limited to
allegations styled or denominated as fraud or expressed in terms ofthe constituent elements ofa
fraud cause of action." Rombach v. Chang. 355 F.3d 164,171 (2d Cir. 2004). Determining
whether a non-fraud claim sounds in fraud such that it falls within the ambit of Rule 9(b)
requires a case-by-case analysis ofthe particular pleadings. In re Refco. Inc. Sec. Litig., 503
F. Supp. 2d 611,632(S.D.N.Y.2007)(citing Rombach. 355 F.3d at 172). The focus of a court's
inquiry is the conduct alleged. Rombach. 355 F.3d at 171. "A claim sounds in fraud when,
although not an essential element ofthe claim, the plaintiff alleges fraud as an integral part ofthe
conduct giving rise to the claim." Xnedior Creditor Trust v. Credit Suisse First Boston(USA")
Inc.. 341 F. Supp. 2d 258,269(S.D.N.Y. 2004)(applying Rombach. 355 F.3d at 171); see also
Marchak v. JPMorgan Chase & Co.. 84 F. Supp. 3d 197,211 (E.D.N.Y. 2015). "Courts have
found non-fraud claims to sound in fraud where the underlying conduct alleged has been fraud or
closely linked with fraudulent behavior, such as claims for which fraud is a necessary element or
claims that the other party has attempted to induce action through misrepresentations or material
omissions." Lew v. Young Adult Inst.. Inc.. 103 F. Supp. 3d 426,443 (S.D.N.Y. 2015)
New York Labor Laws
Uber primarily attacks three alleged violations of New York Labor Laws: that Uber
failed to remit gratuities that were due to Plaintiffs, failed to pay minimum wage (to both Ortega
and Mumin)and overtime (solely as to Ortega), and applied unlawful deductions to Ortega's
pay. The proper classification of Uber drivers is not at issue in the motions to dismiss, and the
court assumes for the purpose of deciding these motions that both Ortega and Mumin are
employees. (See Ortega MTD Mem.at 5 n.1; Mumin MTD Mem. at 7 n.1.) Uber argues that
these claims contain an averment offraud and lack the specificity required by Rule 9(b). The
court finds that these claims are not subject to Rule 9(b)'s heightened pleading standard. The
court further finds both Plaintiffs sufficiently plead claims that Uber unlawfully retained
gratuities; that Ortega adequately pleads claims for failure to pay overtime, unlawful deductions,
and inadequate pay statements; and that Mumin makes out a sufficient claim for minimum wage
violations. The court dismisses Plaintiffs' other Labor Law claims.
Heightened Pleading under Rule PCb)
Uber first argues that the heightened pleading standards ofRule 9(b) applies to Mumin
and Ortega's gratuity claims and that both Plaintiffs failed to meet their burdens. (See Mem. of
Law in Supp. of Defs.' Mot. to Dismiss("Mumin MTD Mem.")(Dkt. 27 in No. 15-CV-6143)
at 3-6; Mem.ofLaw in Supp. of Defs.' Mot. to Dismiss("Ortega MTD Mem.")(Dkt. 23 in
No. 15-CV-7387)at 3-5.) Uber contends that Plaintiffs' gratuity-related allegations sound in
fraud because they are premised on the idea that Uber misled riders into believing that tip is
included in the charged fare.(Mumin MTD Mem. at 3; Ortega MTD Mem. at 3-4.)
Turning first to Ortega's gratuity claim, the court finds that fraud is not"an integral part
ofthe conduct giving rise to the claim." Xpedior Creditor Trust 341 F. Supp. 2d at 269. Uber
construes Ortega's Amended Complaint to claim that Uber misrepresented to riders that the fare
includes a tip. (Ortega MTD Mem. at 3). However, Ortega actually relies on Uber's alleged .
representation at face value, namely that:(1)"a fair tip is included with the price ofthe fare" and
(2)Uber unlawfully retained this "fair tip." (Ortega Compl.
79-82.) Fraudulent conduct
therefore is not integral to this claim, and the particularity requirement does not apply."
Mumin's allegations are considerably more convoluted because he asserts multiple
claims involving gratuities, including a "fraud and misrepresentation" cause of action, but did
not "carefully structure[ his Complaint] so as to draw a clear distinction between [the non-fraud]
and fraud claims." In re Refco. Inc. Sec. Litig., 503 F. Supp. 2d at 632. He alleges that"Uber
intentionally misrepresents to the public how it compensates its Drivers so that it can retain a
disproportionate percentage ofthe fares generated by Uber Drivers." (Mumin Compl.^ 5; see
also id. H 39("Uber intentionally misrepresented that gratuity was included in the cost offares
and instructed passengers not to leave a tip in addition to the amount ofthe fare.").) This alleged
scheme forms the basis for Mumin's tortious interference claim that, but for Uber's
misrepresentations, riders would have paid Mumin and others similarly situated a tip on top of
the charged fare. (Id HH 75-76.) He separately alleges that Uber misrepresented to its drivers
that it would remit gratuities to them, asserting claims offraud and misrepresentation (id.
98)and promissory estoppel(id HI 99-105). However, separating the overlapping allegations,
the crux of Mumin's NYLL gratuity claim is that "Uber markets its rides as gratuity-included,
but Uber does not remit the gratuity (or an amount in-kind)to Uber Drivers." (Id 15.) This is
the same theory asserted by Ortega. The underlying conduct alleged—^i.e., that Uber retained the
portion ofthe fare that is supposed to be a gratuity to the drivers—^was thus not "fraud or closely
linked with fraudulent behavior." Lew. 103 F. Supp. 3d at 443. Indeed, it would be difficult to
"While Ortega does allege that Uber "fraudulently structured their business model," and that"Plaintiffi and the
Class Members have been defrauded," these allegations relate to "Uber's purposeful misclassification of its drivers
as independent contractors instead of employees." (Ortega Compl. 4,89.) The court does not read these
allegations as a basis ofthe conduct underpinning Ortega's gratuity claim. Whether Ortega was indeed misclassified
as an independent contractor goes to the applicability ofNYLL,which does not apply to independent contractors.
understand Mumin's gratuity claim ifthe court assumed that Uber's alleged statement to riders
that tip was included was a misrepresentation. The logical consequence ofthis assumption is
that tip was not included in the fare charged to the rider, which means Uber did not wrongfully
retain any gratuity intended for Mumin. Construing his claim to be premised on the same legal
theory as that put forth by Ortega, Mumin's gratuity claim likewise does not fall within the ambit
of Rule 9(b).
Sufficiency of Claim
Uber alternatively argues that the gratuity claims fail under Rule 12(b)(6). NYLL
prohibits an employer from "demand[ing] or accept[ing], directly or indirectly, any part ofthe
gratuities, received by an employee, or retaining] any part ofa gratuity or of any charge
purported to be a gratuity for an employee." N.Y. Lab. Law § 196-d. Gratuity "can include
mandatory charges when it is shown that employers represented or allowed their customers to
believe that the charges were in fact gratuities for their employees." Samiento v. World Yacht
Inc.. 883 N.E.2d 990,996(N.Y. 2008). Contrary to Uber's contention, Samiento did not require
that an alleged gratuity be separately and specifically itemized before it is covered by
Section 196-d. Id. at 992,994-95. (See Mumin MTD Mem. at 7-8; Ortega MTD Mem. at 6-7.)
In Samiento. the Court of Appeals of New York addressed whether a dining cruise
operator violated Section 196-d when it retained two types of charges that the plaintiffs, waitstaff
on the cruise, purported were gratuities. 883 N.E.2d at 991-92. The first was a separately
itemized 20% mandatory service charge that the defendant explained to its customers was a
gratuity that would be remitted to the plaintiffs. Id at 992. Second,the defendant represented to
its customers that gratuity was included in the overall price ofthe dining cruise. Id In the latter
scenario,there was no segregated charge purporting to be a tip, and the defendant never specified
what portion ofthe total price was gratuity intended for the plaintiffs.'^ In both cases, the dining
cruise customers refrained from tipping because they believed the price they paid already
included gratuity. Id at 992. The court held that the "plaintiffs should be allowed to go forward
on [the gratuity] cause of action as it relates to all types of cruises." Id at 996.
The second type of gratuity analyzed in Samiento is substantially similar to Mumin and
Ortega's allegations here. In both instances, plaintiffs allege that tipping is customary in their
line of work, but that their employers represented to customers that gratuity is included in the
total price paid. As a result ofthat representation, customers did not tip the employee, believing
that they already paid the tip as part ofthe total price. The portion ofthe price that was meant to
be a tip for the employee is not expressly stated. Lastly, the employer fails to remit any part of
the total price to the employee as a gratuity. Because the Court of Appeals permitted
Section 196-d claims based on this same set of circumstances, Uber's alleged retention of
gratuity is also actionable.
Having concluded that a gratuity need not be separately itemized, the only question
remaining as to the viability of Mumin and Ortega's claim is whether a "reasonable [customer]
would understand a service charge was being collected in lieu of a gratuity." Id at 995.
Accepting as true Plaintiffs' allegations that Uber told riders that "there is no need to tip" or that
"tip is included"(Mumin Compl.
37,69; Ortega Compl. Yi 79-80), as the court must on a
motion to dismiss, the court considers it plausible that a reasonable rider would believe a portion
While it is admittedly unclear from the text ofthe Samiento opinion whether there was a separate charge, a review
ofthe parties' briefing in the Court of Appeals shows that there was not. Br. for Defs.-Resps., Samiento. 883
N.E.2d 990,2007 WL 4938098, at *28 ("[no] representation as to the amount ofthe 'gratuity' that is included in the
ticket price"); Rep. Br. for Pls.-Apps.,id, at *28-29("percentage ofthe bill attributable to the 'gratuity' is not
ofthe fare was "collected in lieu ofa gratuity." Accordingly, Uber's motions to dismiss the
gratuity claims are denied.
Overtime and Minimum Wages
Uber next asserts that Ortega failed to adequately allege that he was entitled to overtime
pay, and that both Ortega and Mumin fail to adequately allege that they were not paid minimum
wage pursuant to New York law. Whether a party plausibly pleaded a violation ofNYLL's
overtime and minimum wage provisions is a case-specific analysis.
Deiesus v. HF Mem't
Servs., LLC.726 F.3d 85,88(2d Cir. 2013).^^ To state a plausible overtime claim,"a plaintiff
must sufficiently allege 40 hours of work in a given workweek as well as some uncompensated
time in excess of40 hours." Lundv v. Catholic Health Svs. of Long Island. 711 F.3d 106,114
(2d Cir. 2013). The Second Circuit has found pleadings insufficient to support a plausible claim
where the "typical" hours allegedly worked per week did not add up to more than 40 hours,
where the plaintiff does not allege that she was denied overtime pay in a week she worked more
than 40 hours, id. at 114-15, or where a plaintiff vaguely alleges that "in some or all weeks she
worked more than forty hours a week," Deiesus, 726 F.3d at 89(internal quotation marks
The court concludes that Ortega sufficiently alleged he worked more than 40 hours in a
given week. Ortega alleges that he worked an average of6 days a week for 10 to 12 hours per
While the Second Circuit's analysis in DeJesus focuses on the Fair Labor Standards Act, the opinion states that
"[i]n light ofthe fact that '[t]he relevant portions of New York Labor Law do not diverge from the requirements of
the FLSA,' our conclusions below about the FLSA allegations 'appl[y] equally to [the NYLL]state law claims.'
Deiesus. 726 F.3d at 89 n.5 (citing Whalen v. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.. 569 F. Supp. 2d 327, 329 n.2(W.D.N.Y.
2009)): see also Lopez-Serrano v. Rockmore. 132 F. Supp.3d 390. 403(E.D.N.Y. 2015)("[T^he Court notes that
the pleading standard applicable to overtime claims under the NYLL is analytically identical to its federal law
counterpart under the FLSA."). The regulation under which Ortega claims relief confirms this point. N.Y. Comp.
Codes R.& Regs., tit. 12, § 142-2.2("An employer shall pay an employee for overtime at a wage rate of one and
one-halftimes the employee's regular rate in the manner and methods provided in and subject to the exemptions
of... the Fair Labor Standards Act.")
day, amoxmting to 60 to 72 hours per week,from August 2014 to the present. (Ortega Compl.
^ 36,). He also asserted that Uber never paid him overtime, in part because Uber considers its
drivers to be independent contractors and thus exempt from the overtime pay requirement. (See
Ortega Compl.^ 89.) While Ortega could have more easily cleared the bar for pleading
sufficiency if he had included more specificity, see, e.g.. Looez-Serrano. 132 F. Supp. 3d at 402
(alleging for specific weeks the times that plaintiff began and ended work), his existing
allegations are enough to state plausible overtime claims.
The pleading standard is similar for claims that an employer failed to pay minimum wage
pursuant to New York law. To state a minimum wage claim,"it is sufficient for a plaintiff to
allege facts about her salary and working hours, such that a simple arithmetical calculation can
be used to determine the amount owed per pay period," Lonez-Serrano. 132 F. Supp. 3d at 402
(citations omitted). Additionally, courts will take into account work-related expenses if
deduction ofthe expenses from gross wages causes an employee's pay to fall below minimum
wages. Guan Ming Lin v. Benihana Nat'l Corp., 755 F. Supp. 2d 504,511-12(S.D.N.Y. 2010).
Applying these guidelines to the allegations in this case,the court finds that Mumin has
stated a niiiiimum wage claim but Ortega has not. Mumin alleges that he eamed approximately
$1,100 a week before taking into account weekly work-related expenses of about $766. (Mumin
Compl.110.) Because he alleges that he worked an average of55 hours a week,the court
calculates his hourly pay after expenses to be $6.07. (Id
9,10.) Uber complains that Mumin
As to Ortega's overtime claim and both Ortega and Mumin's minimum wage claims, Uber argues that Plaintiffs
failed to state that they were performing compensable work for Uber and faults Plaintiffs for failing to break down
what they were allegedly doing during the hours worked. (Mumin MTD Mem. at 10; Ortega MTD Mem.at 8.) The
court finds this argument unconvincing. Plaintiffs allege that they were Uber employees and that they worked for
Uber during the hours specified in their respective Complaints. The court will not assume that when Plaintiffs allege
that they were working for Uber,they actually meant "tending to personal pursuits [or] transporting his own clients."
(Mumin MTD Mem. at 10; Ortega MTD Mem. at 8.)
failed to break down the work-related expenses by category. tMumin MTD Mem. at 10.)
However,although Mumin did not break down his expenses by costs, he did allege the types of
work-related expenses he incurred that added up to $766 per week. CMumin Compl. H 10.)
These include gas, insurance,finance payments, cleaning, and car repairs. (Id.) Uber does not
explain why any ofthese expenses would not be reimbursable under New York law,(see Mumin
MTD Mem. at 10.), and so it is unclear why failing to state the specific amount ofeach cost
undermines the claim. Because the New York minimum wage was $7.25 an hour during the
time Mumin worked as an Uber driver, he has plausibly alleged that Uber failed to pay him a
Ortega's allegations, on the other hand, are insufficient because he fails to specify the
value of his work-related expenses. By his own estimate, he eamed $600 to $1,000 a week while
working between 60 to 72 hours per week. (Ortega Compl. Ifll 36,40.) This results in an hourly
pay range of$10 to $13.89. This rate could be reduced by accounting for work-related expenses,
but unlike Mumin, Ortega alleges only that he paid "hundreds of dollars each week" in expenses.
(Id. 143.) A plaintiff is required to supply sufficient facts such that"a simple arithmetical
calculation can be used to determine the amount owed per pay period." Lonez-Serrano. 132
F. Supp. 3d at 402. Absent specific allegations as to the amount and nature of costs incurred, the
court lacks any basis for concluding that Ortega's hourly wage fell below the New York
N.Y. Comp. Codes R.& Regs. tit. 12,§ 142-2.1 (the minimum wage was
Uber also argues that the court should disregard Mumin's minimum wage allegations because in his prior
complaint, Mumin alleged that his effective hourly wage was $8.26. (Mumin MTD Mem. at 8-9.) In response,
Mumin filed a declaration explaining that the prior pleadings did not include all ofhis expenses. (Decl. of Manzoor
Mumin(Dkt. 33 in No. 15-CV-6143)^1.) It is at the court's discretion whether to disregard inconsistent allegations
in successive complaints where the court has reason to believe the later allegations are fabricated. See Green v.
Niles. No. 1 l-CV-1349,2012 WL 987473, at *5(S.D.N.Y. Mar.23,2012). Based on Mumin's declaration, which
included a specific breakdown ofeach expense that he attested to be true and correct under penalty of perjury, the
court has no reason to believe that Mumin is now lying and therefore will not ignore these allegations.
between $8 and $9 an hour during the time that Ortega worked as an Uber driver). Accordingly,
his minimum wage claim is dismissed.
Ortega's Unlawful Deductions Claim
Ortega asserts an unlawful deductions claim pursuant to NYLL § 193 on two distinct
grounds. (Pl.'s Mem. of Law in Opp'n to Defs.' Mot. to Dismiss(^"Ortega MTD Opp'n")
(Dkt. 28 in No. 15-CV-7387) at 7.) First, Ortega claims that Uber failed to reimburse him for
"tools ofthe trade," such as costs related to his vehicle, fuel, and inspection costs, and that this
failure constitutes an unlawfiil deduction. (See id.) Second, he argues that Uber penalized
drivers for customer complaints and for taking inefficient routes by making direct deductions to
his pay. (Id.) As to the first ground,the court need not decide whether Ortega's novel theory is
a basis for a Section 193 claim because he has failed to show that his expenses are reimbursable.
Under New York law, an employer is not required to reimburse an employee for "tools ofthe
trade" expenses unless failure to do so causes the employee's pay to fall below the minimum
wage. Guan Ming Lin. 755 F. Supp. 2d at 511-12. For the reasons stated in the preceding
section, Ortega has not shown that such expenses would reduce his effective wage to below the
minimum wage required in New York. Therefore, even iffailure to reimburse does constitute an
unlawful deduction, Ortega fails to properly allege an unlawful deduction here. As to the second
ground, Uber concedes in its reply that the unlawful deduction claim on this theory is sufficiently
Ortega cites both N.Y. Lab. Law § 652 and N.Y. Corap. Codes R.& Regs. tit. 12,§ 142-2.1, both of which
concern minimum wage. (See Ortega Compl. ^110.) His claims under both ofthese sections are dismissed.
Ortega also makes a claim for "spread of hours" payments. (Ortega Compl.
105, 111.) Where an employee
works a "spread of hours" in a day that covers more than 10 hours,they are entitled to receive one hour's pay at the
basic minimum hourly wage rate, in addition to the minimum wage for the dav. N.Y. Comp. Codes R.& Regs,
tit. 12 §142-2.4. Defendants cite an opinion from this district holding that spread ofhours claims are derivative of
minimum wage claims and so do not apply to employees paid more than minimum wage.
Sosnowv v. A. Perri
Farms. Inc.. 764 F. Supp. 2d 457,474(E.D.N.Y.2011); see also Roach v. T.L. Cannon Corp.. 889 F. Supp. 2d 364,
368-69(N.D.N.Y. 2012)(collecting cases). Plaintiff does not contest this point in their response. The court agrees
that the statute makes these claims derivative of minimum wage claims, and dismisses the spread ofhours claim on
the same basis as Ortega's minimum wage claim.
pleaded. (Reply in Supp. of Defs.' Mot. to Dismiss ('"Ortega MTD Reply")(Dkt. 30 in No. 15-
CV-7387)at 6 n.4.) Accordingly, Ortega's unlawful deduction claim is dismissed to the extent
that it is premised on his incurred expenses.
Other Labor Law Violations
Plaintiffs Ortega and Mumin also assert claims under a handful of other sections ofthe
New York Labor Laws. These claims may be summarily addressed.
Ortega claims that Tiber's practices violate Section 191(3), pertaining to payment of
wages on termination or resignation, and Section 195(3), pertaining to information that must be
provided to employees in pay statements.
Ortega's Section 191 claim is dismissed on the basis
that he admittedly continues to drive for Uber(Ortega Compl.11134-37) and fails to elaborate any
other basis on which he could recover wages due on termination. However, Ortega's claim
based on Uber's alleged failure to provide adequate payroll records may proceed. Uber argues
that this claim is insufficient because Ortega fails to identify any inadequacy or deficiency in
their payroll records. However, Ortega gives specific information as to the information that must
be provided to employees(Ortega Compl. H 107)and states that he has not received this
information (id 183-84). Ortega's pleading is sufficient as to this claim.
Kone v. Jov Const.
Corp.. No. 15-CV-1328,2016 WL 866349, at *6(S.D.N.Y. Mar. 3,2016)(finding a claim that
tracked the statutory language to be sufficiently pleaded).
Mximin likewise raises a claim under Section 195; however, his claim is based on Uber's
alleged failure "maintain payroll records for Driver employees." (Mumin Compl.
While Ortega does not state which specific subsections ofthe cited statutes provide the basis for these claims, the
court intuits the proper subsections based on the substance of Ortega's claims. (Ortega Compl.^110
(Plaintiffs... seeks damages against the defendants pursuant to ... New York Labor Law § 195(for failure by
Defendants to keep required payroll records)[and] New York Labor Law § 191 (for failure to provide prompt
payment of wages to driver employees upon termination and resignation)").)
claim appears to be based in subsection 4 of Section 195, which specifies the information that
employers must maintain in their payroll records. Unlike Ortega's claims, which seek
information in payment records sent to employees, Mumin's claim based on Uber's failure to
maintain payroll records must be dismissed, as "nothing in the NYLL authorizes an independent
cause of action based on a violation of§ 195(4)." Carter v. Tuttnaeuer U.S.A. Co.. Ltd.. 78 F.
Supp. 2d 564,570-71 (E.D.N.Y. 2015).
Tortious Interference with Business Relations
Uber next argues that Plaintiffs failed to state a claim for tortious interference with
business relations. To state a claim under New York law,"four conditions must be met: '(i) the
plaintiff had business relations with a third party;(ii)the defendants interfered with those
business relations;(iii) the defendants acted for a wrongful purpose or used dishonest, unfair, or
improper means; and (iv)the defendants' acts injured the relationship.'" Scutti Enters.. LLC, v.
Park Place Entm't Corp.. 322 F.3d 211,215(2d Cir. 2003)(quoting Lombard v. Booz-Allen &
Hamilton. Inc.. 280 F.3d 209,214(2d Cir. 2002)). Those claims are limited to alleged
interference with existing relationships,"as opposed to Plaintiffs' hypothetical relationships with
future [customers]...." Gallandv. Johnson. No. 14-CV-4411 (RJS),2015 WL 1290775,
at *7 n.6(S.D.N.Y. Mar. 19, 2015)(limiting claim to plaintiffs' relationship with named third
party, exclusive of"future renters"). Furthermore, to survive a motion to dismiss, a plaintiff
must "adequately allege specific business relationships with which Defendant allegedly
interfered." Plasticware. LLC v. Flint Hills Res.. 852 F. Supp. 2d 398,402(S.D.N.Y. 2012).
Here, Plaintiffs allege that Uber interfered with the business relations between Plaintiffs
and their riders by discouraging the riders from tipping. nUumin Compl.
118-22.) However, neither Complaint identifies any "specific business relationship
with which [Uber] allegedly interfered," other than the generic reference to riders or customers.
Plasticware. LLC.852 F. Supp. 2d at 402(emphasis in original)(dismissing claim where
plaintiff"d[id] not identity any specific third-parties with which it has business relations, but
merely refer[red] to 'existing customers,' and 'major companies' with which it has 'strong
business relationship[s]"); see also id. at 402-03 (collecting cases). This pleading deficiency is
fatal to both Mumin's and Ortega's claims oftortious interference with business relations, and
they are accordingly dismissed.
Breach of contract
Both Complaints assert claims for breach of contract. Mumin alleges that Uber entered
into an implied-in-fact contract with its customers to pay gratuities to its drivers, but breached
that contract in its failure to remit tips. (Mumin Compl.^80.) Ortega, on the other hand, argues
that Uber has breached the terms of an express contract with him by artificially inflating the fees
charged to drivers and failing to pay gratuities. (Ortega Compl.^^[124-144). The court finds that
both Plaintiffs' claims for breach of contract fail to plead a basis for recovery and so dismisses
them in their entirety.
Mumin's Implied-In-Fact Contract Theory
Mumin alleges that he is a third-party beneficiary of an implied-in-fact contract between
Uber and its riders. (See Mumin Compl.
79-80.) In New York,"[a]n implied-in-fact contract
would arise from a mutual agreement and an 'intent to promise, when the agreement and promise
have simply not been expressed in words.'" Maas v. Cornell Univ.. 721 N.E.2d 966,969
(N.Y. 1999)(citation omitted). Importantly,the party asserting the existence of an implied-infact contract must supply "in nonconclusory language,the essential terms ofthe parties' contract,
including those specific provisions ofthe contract upon which liability is predicated...."
Lapine v. Seinfeld. 918 N.Y.S.2d 313, 318(N.Y. Sup. Ct. 2011)(alterations omitted)(quoting
Caniglia v. Chi. Tribune-N.Y. News Svndicate. Inc.. 612 N.Y.S.2d 146,147(N.Y. App.
Div. 1994)). An agreement whose material terms are not reasonably certain is not a legally
enforceable contract. Cobble Hill Nursing Home,Inc. v. Henry & Warren Corp., 548
Here, Mumin relies solely on allegations that Uber represented to riders that "tip is
included." (See PL's Mem.ofLaw in Opp'n to Defs.' Mot. to Dismiss("Mumin MTD Opp'n")
(Dkt. 31 in No. 15-CV-6143)at 8.) However, even if this was sufficient to create an obligation
for Uber to remit a gratuity to Mumin,there is no allegation as to an agreement between Uber
and riders as to the amount oftip—arguably the most important term of the alleged implied-infact contract. Accordingly, no implied-in-fact contract was formed between Uber and riders as
Fink v. Time Warner Cable. 810 F. Supp. 2d 633,645(S.D.N.Y. 2011)
(dismissing implied-in-fact contract claim reliant on advertisements to supply the material terms
because the advertisements "do not contain sufficient specific, concrete, factual
Ortega's Express Contractual Breach Theory
Ortega allages a breach ofthe express contractual terms between Uber and Ortega. To
plead a claim for breach of contract under New York law,a plaintiff must show "(1)the
existence of an agreement,(2)adequate performance ofthe contract by the plaintiff,(3)breach 
by the defendant, and(4)damages." Etemitv Global Master Fund Ltd. v. Morgan Guar. Trust
Co. ofN.Y.. 375 F.3d 168,177(2d Cir. 2004)(quoting Harsco Corp. v. Segui, 91 F.3d 337,348
Mumin also appears to have initially asserted a breach ofcontract claim based on a theory that Mumin and Uber
had an implied-in-fact contract regarding gratuity. (Mumin Compl.^ 79.) Uber moved to dismiss the claim,
arguing there was no implied-in-fact contract between Mumin and Uber. (Mumin MTD Mem. at 13-14.) Because
Mumin failed to respond to this argument(Mumin MTD Opp'n at 7-8), it is deemed waived. Gorfinekl v. Ralf
Vavntrub. Invar Consulting Ltd.. No. 13-CV-3093(PKC),2014 WL 4175914(E.D.N.Y. Aug. 20,2014). Even if
were not waived,the claim would fail for the same aforementioned reason: there is no allegation as to the material
term ofthe supposed contract, i.e., the amount of gratuity due to Mumin.
(2d Cir. 1996)). "In pleading these elements, a plaintiff must identify what provisions ofthe
contract were breached as a result ofthe acts at issue." Wolff v. Rare Medium. Inc.. 171
F. Supp. 2d 354, 358(S.D.N.Y. 2001).
The court finds that Ortega fails to plausibly allege a breach as to any ofthe various
contractual provisions he identifies. Ortega first argues that Uber breached their contract by
"inflat[ing] the service fee  in breach ofthe agreements." tOrtega MTD Opp'n at 9.)
Specifically, Uber charges Ortega a "Service Fee" to use its mobile application to connect with
riders, which is calculated as a percentage ofthe "Fare" charged to the rider. (See Ortega
Compl. 92.) Uber allegedly breached its contracts with Ortega by improperly incorporating
"taxes and other ancillary charges" in the Fare. (Ortega MTD Opp'n at 9.) The higher the Fare,
the higher Uber's Service Fee. (Id.) However, Ortega fails to point to any contractual provision
that supports his claim. He first relies on the June 2014 Agreement, which defined "Fare" as
"including applicable taxes and fees." (June 2014 Agreement § 1.12.) The Service Fee is then
defined as"a percentage ofeach Fare." (Id § 5.2.1.) Nowhere does the June 2014 Agreement
prohibit Uber from charging a Service Fee that is a percentage of a Fare that includes "taxes and
fees;" indeed, Ortega agreed to this contract knowing ofthis express definition of Service Fee.
Ortega next cites the November 2014 Agreement. There, Fare is defined to exclude taxes and
fees. (November 2014 Agreement § 4.1.) The Service Fee is again defined as a percentage of
the Fare. (Id § 4.4.) There is no indication that taxes or fees were included in the Fare under the
November 2014 Agreement. Ortega seems to argue that because Fare in the June 2014
Agreement was defined to include taxes and fees. Fare in the November 2014 Agreement must
also include taxes and fees, notwithstanding the fact that these are differently defined terms in
different agreements. (See Ortega MTD Opp'n at 9.) His argument is thus pure speculation, and
his breach of contract claim on this basis is dismissed.
Ortega additionally argues that Uber's failure to remit gratuities is a breach ofthe parties'
contract. However,he cites no contractual provision—and the court fmds none—^that Uber is
obligated to collect and remit gratuities to Ortega. The only contractual provision that discusses
gratuity is Section 5.1.3 ofthe June 2014 Agreement, which states: "[Ortega] understands that
the aim of advertising and marketing to the effect that there is no need to leave a tip is ultimately
to increase the number oftrip requests [Ortega] receive[s and] does not entitle [him]to any
payment beyond the payment ofFares ... as provided in this Agreement." (June 2014
Agreement § 5.1.3.) As Ortega failed to identify any provision of a contract that Uber allegedly
breached, his claim also fails.
Accordingly, Ortega's breach of contract claim is dismissed in its entirety.
Both Plaintiffs assert claims of conversion relating to the allegedly withheld gratuities.
88-92; Ortega Compl.
135-143.) To state a claim for conversion,"a
plaintiff must allege:'(1)tbe property subject to conversion is a specific identifiable thing:(2)
plaintiff had ownership, possession or control over the nronertv before its conversion: and (3)
defendant exercised an unauthorized dominion over the thing in question... to the exclusion of
the plaintiff's rights." Alzheimer's Disease Res. Ctr.. Inc. v. Alzheimer's Disease & Related
Disorders Ass'n. Inc.. 981 F. Supp. 2d 153, 163(E.D.N.Y. 2013)(emphasis added). Where
money is at issue, the allegedly converted money must be "capable of being described or
identified in the same manner as a specific chattel." Id at 163-64(quoting High View Fund.
L.P. V. Hall. 27 F. Supp. 2d 420,429(S.D.N.Y. 1998)). At minimum, a claim for conversion
must seek the "recovery ofa particular and definite sum of money." Brvant v. Comm'r of Soc.
Sec.. No. 14-CV-5764(LTS)(JCF),2015 WL 6758094, at *22(S.D.N.Y. Nov. 5,2015)(quoting
Newbro v. Freed. 409 F. Supp. 2d 386, 394(S.D.N.Y. 2006)).
Here, Plaintiffs have not alleged that they had ownership, possession, or control oftheir
gratuities before their alleged conversion by Uber. Any gratuity paid by a rider went directly to
Uber, not Plaintiffs. Moreover,the allegedly converted gratuities are not capable of being
identified as ifthey were specific chattel. Plaintiffs merely allege that some unspecified portion
of each fare paid by riders to Uber was gratuity. Plaintiffs therefore have failed to state a claim
Mumin's Additional Common Law Claims
Mumin raises common law claims for promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, and fraud
and misrepresentation. The theory underlying Mumin's additional claims is that Uber made a
promise to current and potential drivers to remit gratuities, and subsequently benefitted from its
failure to honor that promise. (See Mumin Compl.
100, 105,84-86, 94.) As with Mumin's
Labor Law claims,these common-law claims evidently assume Uber's fare includes gratuities
that can be remitted. tSee. e.g.. Mumin Compl.
100, 105). However, as to these three claims,
Mumin further alleges that Uber misrepresented to its drivers that they would remit those
gratuities to them (Id. HH 101, 84-85, 94),impliedly to spur recruitment—^in other words, that
Uber defrauded their potential and current drivers. This theory implicates the Second Circuit's
guidance that courts should look to the conduct alleged, not the styling of a claim, in deciding
whether a complaint contains an "averment offraud" under Rule 9(b).
Ortega's conversion claim based on unreimbursed expenses fails for separate but similar reason. He does not
allege that he had possession of a "specific identifiable thing" over which Uber later "exercised an unauthorized
dominion." Alzheimer's Disease Res. Ctr.. Inc.. 981 F. Supp. 2d at 163. Ortega is simply asserting an obligation on
the part of Uber to pay him money,i.e., reimburse him for his expenses. This is not a viable conversion claim.
Kirschner v. Bennett. 648 F. Supp. 2d 525,540(S.D.N.Y. 2009)("[A]n action of conversion does not lie to enforce
a mere obligation to pay money.").
355 F.3d at 170-171; Lew. 103 F. Supp. 3d at 443("Courts have found non-fraud claims to
soimd in fraud where...the other party has attempted to induce action through
misrepresentations or material omissions."); see generally supra Section III.B.1.
Accordingly, Mumin's remaining common law claims are evaluated under Rule 9(b),
requiring him to "state with particularity the circumstances constituting fraud." Fed. R. Civ. P.
9(b); see also Rombach. 355 F.3d at 170("[A] complaint[govemed by Rule 9(b)] must
'(1)specify the statements that the plaintiff contends were fraudulent,(2)identify the speaker,
(3)state where and when the statements were made, and (4)explain why the statements were
fraudulent.'"(quoting Mills, 12 F.3d at 1175). None ofthese claims satisfy this standard, and all
are accordingly dismissed..
Mumin claims that Uber falsely promised to remit gratuities^^ to its drivers and that, as a
result ofthis promise, Mumin continued driving for the company and did not solicit gratuities
from passengers. fMumin Compl.
100-102.) Claims based on promissory estoppel under
New York law "must allege(1)a clear and unambiguous promise,(2)reasonable and foreseeable
reliance by the party to whom the promise is made,and(3)an injury sustained in reliance on that
promise." Fleet Bank v. Pine Knoll Corp.. 736N.Y.S.2d 737,742(N.Y. App. Div. 2002)
(quoting Rogers v. Town of Islip. 646 N.Y.S.2d 158,158(N.Y. App. Div. 1996)). Additionally,
Rule 9(b)requires that Mumin plead the "circumstances constituting fraud" with particularity.
Mumin's claim does not meet these heightened pleading requirements, as he fails to
identify with particularity the statements alleged to constitute fraudulent promises to remit
Mumin's promissory estoppel claim also mentions "hourly wages, cancellation fees, and other payments" that
Uber allegedly promised to pay; however,the remaining allegations do not mention these additional items. The
court construes this claim as based solely on Uber's alleged promise to pay gratuities and failure to do so.
gratuities or the circumstances under which they were made. The Complaint lists several
public-facing statements on Uber's website that were apparently directed to its customers.
37,69-71). However, Mumin's theory of promissory estoppel is based on
claimed misrepresentations to the drivers, not the public at large. Neither the Complaint nor
Mumin's opposition papers clarify whether the public-facing statements are alleged to be the
"clear and unambiguous promises" upon which this claim is based and,ifthey are, the
circumstances under which Mumin received them.^^ Moreover,in the absence offurther
pleading particularity, the court cannot draw any inference as to the reasonableness or
foreseeability ofthe drivers' purported reliance on Uber's statements. Mumin's promissory
estoppel claim is dismissed.
Mumin asserts an unjust enrichment claim based on Uber's alleged retention of gratuities
promised to drivers. "To prevail on a claim for unjust enrichment in New York, a plaintiff must
establish(1)that the defendant benefitted;(2)at the plaintiffs expense; and (3)that equity and
good conscience require restitution." Beth Israel Med. Ctr. v. Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield
of N.J.. Inc.. 448 F.3d 573,586(2d Cir. 2006)(quoting Kave v. Grossman.202 F.3d 611,616
(2d Cir. 2000)).
As with Mumin's promissory estoppel claim, the unjust enrichment claim is based on an
allegation that Uber falsely promised Plaintiffs gratuities, which Uber in fact collected but failed
to remit. (See Mumin Compl.
84-85 ("Defendants unlawfully retained gratuities promised to
Plaintiffs and other drivers ...[and] obtained [the gratuities] from drivers by making material
^ Indeed, Mumin's statement that Uber made "express promises to[Mumin and other drivers] that Uber would
collect the tip as part ofthe fare"(Mumin MTD Opp'n at 11) appears to suggest a separate, more direct statement to
misrepresentations and taking advantage ofthem.") Again, Mumin's claim fails to clear the
additional hurdle placed before averments offraud under Rule 9(b). The court concludes that the
Complaint fails to provide sufficient clarity as to the statements alleged to constitute the
"promises"(id. K 84)or "material misrepresentations"(id.^ 85)that form the basis for the unjust
enrichment claim. Stripped of these conclusory assertions, the unjust enrichment claim fails to
satisfy the pleading standard and must be dismissed.
Fraud and Misrepresentation
Mumin asserts that Uber engaged in "j&aud and/or intentional or negligent
misrepresentation" by representing that drivers would receive gratuities, surge fares, and
cancellation fees. fiVlumin Compl.^ 94.)^^ "The elements ofcommon-law fraud and intentional
misrepresentation under New York law are the same." B&M Linen Corp. v. Kannegiesser. USA
Corp.. 679 F. Supp. 2d 474,480(S.D.N.Y. 2010)(citing Indep. Order of Foresters v. Donald.
Lufkin. & Jenrette. Inc.. 157 F.3d 933,940(2d Cir. 1998)). Plaintiffs asserting such claims
"must show that '(1)the defendant made a material false statement or omission;(2)the
defendant intended to defraud the plaintiff;(3)the plaintiff reasonably relied on the
representation or omission; and(4)the plaintiff suffered damage as a result ofsuch reliance.'"
Id.(quoting Cent. Pacific. Inc. v. Hilton Hotels Corp.. 528 F. Supp. 2d 206,218(S.D.N.Y.
2007)). Plaintiffs do not dispute that these claims are properly evaluated under Rule 9(b)'s
heightened particularity requirement. (Mumin MTD Opp'n at 10.)
As with the previous two claims, Mumin's fraudulent misrepresentation claim fails
because Mumin fails to identify the allegedly fraudulent statements at issue or the circumstances
^ While the Complaint presents alternate theories that Uber's representations were knowing or reckless, Mumin's
subsequent submission clarifies his intent to proceed on a theory offraudulent misrepresentation. (Mumin MTD
Opp'n at 10.) Accordingly,the court evaluates only the claim that Uber engaged in fraudulent and intentional
misrepresentations to Mumin and other drivers.
under which they were made to him. Mumin alleges that"Uber intentionally misrepresents to
the public how it compensates its drivers"(Mumin Compl.f 5)and points to customer-oriented
statements that "there is no need to tip"(Id ^ 39). However,for Mumin's claim to succeed on
the theory he has put forth, it is not sufficient to show that Uber made false representations to the
public. Rather, Mumin must show that Uber made firaudulent representations to him and its
other drivers. (Id. K 94.) At no point in his Complaint does Mumin explain the circumstances of
any firaudulent representations that were made to him. Without any such facts, the court cannot
draw any reasonable inference as to whether Uber intended to defiraud its drivers and whether
Mumin and other drivers were justified in relying on the statement. Accordingly, Mumin's claim
for fraud and intentional misrepresentation is dismissed.
Ortega's False Advertising Claim
Ortega asserts a claim offalse advertising related to Uber's allegedly false advertisements
"guaranteeing" drivers' first month's compensation.
relevant statute prohibits "[f]alse advertising in the context of any business, trade, or commerce
or in the furnishing of any services in this state." N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 350. In order to state a
claim under that section,"a plaintiff must allege that a defendant has engaged in(1)consumeroriented conduct that is(2) materially misleading, and that(3)plaintiff suffered injury as a result
ofthe allegedly deceptive act or practice." Orlander v. Staples. Inc.. 802 F.3d 289, 300
While die court's reasoning as to Mumin's claims could be interpreted to require Ortega to plead in accordance
with Rule 9(b), district courts in the Second Circuit have not required Section 350 claims to meet that standard. See,
e.g.. Garcia v. Chrvsler Gro LLC. 127 F. Supp. 3d 212,239(S.D.N.Y. 2015)(citing Pelman ex rel. Pelman v.
McDonald's Corp.. 396 F.3d 508, 511 (2d Cir. 2005), for the proposition that Section 349 claims need not be
pleaded with heightened particularity and noting that the New York Court of Appeals held that the "standard for
recovery under Section 350... is  identical to section 349"). The court finds this interpretation ofthe case law
(2d Cir. 2015) rciting Koch v. Acker. Merrall & Condit Co.. 18 N.Y.3d 940,944(N.Y. 2012)).^^
The statute explicitly includes advertisements as to the "kind, character, terms or conditions of
any employment opportunity." N.Y. Gen. Bus. Law § 350-a.
Uber argues that the false advertising claim is deficient because Ortega fails to allege that
he personally relied on any ofthe specific advertisements cited in the Complaint, and cites
several cases in support ofits concention that failure to cite a specific advertisement is fatal to a
claim under Section 350. (Ortega MTD Reply at 21.) However,those cases do not state any
such requirement and are best read to support the proposition that failure to cite any
advertisement whatsoever would be fatal. See Richman v. National Grid, No. 12-CV-1319
(VMS),2013 WL 1338870, at *3(E.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2013); Szvmczak v. Nissan N. Am..
Inc.. No. lO-CV-7493(VB),2011 WL 7095432, at *15(S.D.N.Y. Dec. 16,2011). Regardless,
Ortega's subsequent submission clarifies that he claims to have relied on the particular
advertisement included in the Complaint.(Compare Ortega Compl. K 1^7("Below is an example
of one ofthese advertisements.")(emphasis added) with Ortega MTD Opp'n 16("An Uber
advertisement alleged to be false by Plaintiffs and relied on by Plaintiffs is set forth in paragraph
147 ofthe first Amended Complaint.")).^^
^ The New York Court of Appeals recently made clear that justifiable reliance on the allegedly false advertising—
stated by some opinions to be a pleading requirement under § 350—is not required in fraudulent advertising claims
and need not be included in the complaint.
Koch. 18 N.Y.Sd at 941.
Defendants also argue that Ortega "fails to allege facts that suggest the advertising was misleading or deceptive"
and point to Ortega's admission that any terms or conditions were only included in "small and inconspicuous print."
(Ortega MTD Mem. at 21-22.) In order to be actionable, the allegedly false advertisements must be "likely to
mislead a reasonable consumer imder the circumstances" based on an objective standard. Osweeo Laborers' Local
214 Pension Fund v. Marine Midland Bank. N.A.. 85 N.Y.2d 20(N.Y. 1995)(discussing the requirement in the
context of Section 349): see also New World Solutions v. NameMedia Inc.. 150 F. Supp. 3d 287,329-30(S.D.N.Y.
2015)(applying Oswego Laborers' Local 214 to claims under Section 350). In the particular context of employment
advertisements, the statutory definition offered by Section 350-a states that such advertisements are "misleading in a
material respect" where they "either fail to reveal whether the employment available or being offered requires or is
conditioned upon the purchasing or lending of supplies, material, equipment, or other property." N.Y. Gen. Bus.
Law § 350-a(l). While existing case law does not address the relationship between this statutory language and the
general "reasonable customer" standard, the court concludes that the statute states a specific standard of
reasonableness for employment advertisement and finds that Ortega satisfies this requirement,(see Ortega
Accordingly, Uber's motion to dismiss Ortega's false advertising claim is denied.
For the foregoing reasons,
• Defendants' motions to compel Plaintiff Victor Mallh(Dkt. 28 in 15-CV-6143 )
and Plaintiff Joce Martinez(Dkt. 19 in 15-CV-7387)to arbitrate their claims on
an individual basis are GRANTED.
supra Section II.A.
• Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff Manzour Mumin's claims(Dkt. 26 in 15CV-6143)is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.
Sections III.B.1-5. Specifically, Plaintiff Mumin's claims for violation ofNew
York Labor Law § 195,tortious interference with business relations, breach of
contract, conversion, promissory estoppel, unjust enrichment, and fraud and
intentional misrepresentation are DISMISSED. Uber's motion to dismiss is
DENIED as to Plaintiff Mumin's claims for violations of New York Labor
Law §§ 196-d and 652.
• Defendants' motion to dismiss Plaintiff Jose Ortega's claims(Dkt. 22
in-15-CV-7387 ) GRANTED in part and DENIED in part. S^ supra
Sections IILB.1-4, 6. Specifically, Plaintiff Ortega's claims for violations of New
York Labor Law §§191 and 652, violations ofN.Y. Comp. Codes R.& Regs. tit.
12, §§ 142-2.1 and 142-2.4, tortious interference with business relations, breach
of contract, and conversion are DISMISSED. Plaintiff Ortega's claim for
violations ofNew York Labor Law § 193 is DISMISSED to the extent that it is
premised on his incurred expenses. Uber's motion to dismiss is DENIED as to
Plaintiff Ortega's claims for violations ofNew York Labor Law §§195 and
196-d,N.Y. Comp. Codes R.& Regs. tit. 12, § 142-2.2, and false advertising.
s/Nicholas G. Garaufis
Dated: Brooklyn, New York
NICHOLAS G. GARAUF
March ^ ,2017
United States District Judge
Compl. 97-100, 145). Uber claims that reference to its website visible on the advertisement cited by Ortega is
sufficient to clearly condition their statement. (Ortega MTD Mem. at 21-22.) However, Uber offers no indication
that the website either clarifies the offer or that this conditioning is legally sufficient, and the court finds no support
for this position.
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