Uber just can't seem to stay out of the news lately. Between troubles with cab drivers in France and a tragic crash in San Francisco, the ride-sharing app could use some good news for a change. Nope, not going to happen, though.

Gett, another ride-sharing app, alleges that Uber employees in New York City ordered and canceled more than 100 of its cars over the course of several days last week, according to a report from CNN Money. That wasn't the real mischief, though. Gett includes a driver's cellphone number once the order has been submitted. Allegedly, the Uber employees called and attempted to recruit the rival drivers, offering money were they to switch sides.

"Our local teams can be pretty determined when spreading the word about Uber and how our platform opens up new economic opportunities for drivers. In this instance, the New York City team was a bit too ambitious and we'll make sure they tone down their sales tactics," Uber said in a statement picked up by CNN.

Uber's statement wasn't enough to smooth things over with Gett CEO Jing Herman, though. He told CNN, "During a very short period of time when we had 100 cancellations that took up 100 drivers, those 100 drivers could have served 100 of our legitimate customers who weren't able to get a car or had to wait much longer to get a car."

It's unclear if Gett will lawyer up, but CNN contacted a San Francisco-based lawyer who seems to think the company has a case against Uber. "If Uber employees intentionally diverted Gett drivers from legitimate business by making phony calls, that is an unfair business practice, illegal under California law," said attorney Drexel Bradshaw. "It is also an intentional interference with Gett's business which makes them liable for money damages."


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      audisp0rta4
      • 11 Months Ago
      I wanna join a taxi gang!!
      purrpullberra
      • 11 Months Ago
      This is the type of business practice that makes people disgusted and unwilling to trust. Personally, I'd like to see them regulated out of business. Just for and because of this. The 'business' is way too unregulated and letting it continue will necessarily ensure that even uglier tactics will come very soon. Can anyone hire an uber driver to run over uber "executives'? You know, instead of regular pedestrians? Poetic justice.
      Gordon Chen
      • 11 Months Ago
      Just a heads up. This article could've been written clearer...I had to reread the paragraphs to figure out what the story was.
        carnut0913
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        Pay attention in class. Wasn't that hard
          Ducman69
          • 11 Months Ago
          @carnut0913
          English may not be his first language. Ni de mei guoren shi hen hao Gordon.
        clquake
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Gordon Chen
        It becomes clearer the more you read Autoblog's third grade writing. Once you figure out what to expect, it's an easier read. I'm not the world's greatest writer, but if 95% of Autoblog readers can pick out all kinds of issues, you know they were not the A student.
      vegasstyleguy
      • 11 Months Ago
      Recently I was in Los Angeles and had to be around the worst douches I've been around, well since I left there. All they could talk about was f'ing uber. Uber this. Uber that. I hope uber gets sued, goes out of business and I never hear the word again. Of course the company pulled a douche maneuver, their customer base are douches.
        danfred311
        • 11 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy
        you sound like a great guy. not at all a douche
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 11 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy
        Wow, you seem to be an interesting intelligent kind of guy...
        Fugsworth@yahoo.com
        • 11 Months Ago
        @vegasstyleguy
        It seems like you're not from LA, so you have no concept of how bad taxi service is here. Trust me, Uber is ******* exciting if you live here.
      Peter Middleton
      • 11 Months Ago
      lyft has been nice
      Bernard
      • 11 Months Ago
      At least they aren't slashing tires and cutting brake lines.