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>> Los Angeles Attorney Mark Geragos calling Uber's recent $100 million class action settlement with drivers a sweetheart deal. That is for the lawyers. The payout to drivers in California and Massachusetts allows Uber to keep classifying drivers as contractors, not employees, meaning they're off the hook for expenses. Geragos, whose past client list includes Michael Jackson and Chris Brown, could get a sizeable payout of his own if he gets his way.
Reuters West Coast legal correspondent Dan Levine. So Geragos says that the lawyer who's been representing the Uber driver so far, Shannon Liss-Riordan, has sold out the drivers in the case. And that the drivers deserve to be represented by lawyers who are willing to take the case to trial.
>> After the settlement was announced last month, it came out that drivers would have made more than $700 million had they been reimbursed for expenses like gas and insurance. The class action attorneys have pushed back against the suggestion that they settled the case in exchange for their own sweet payday.
>> Drivers who have driven very little will get very little. But the lawyer for the drivers in this deal say that if you've driven a lot, you could get several thousand dollars. Which is an immediate benefit now. She also argues that it's very possible that this case could get torpedoed as it goes on and drivers who could nothing.
>> Geragos's entry into the case comes on the same day as Uber's smaller rival Lyft agreed to more than double to $27 million the amount it's willing to pay in a similar settlement.