Uber Defeats Rider Rape Suit Over Impostor’s Windshield Decal

Uber Technologies Inc. beat back a lawsuit by a woman who claims she was lured into a sexual assault because she mistook an Uber windshield decal on a suspended driver’s car as a symbol of a safe ride.

The judge concluded that the driver, who is facing criminal charges that could send him to prison for life, wasn’t acting within the scope of his employment when he allegedly drove to a secluded location and raped the woman he’d picked up at a San Francisco Bay area shopping mall in 2018.

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley suggested that Uber is opening itself to trouble if it allows its decals to remain on vehicles belonging to drivers it knows to be dangerous.