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Uber drivers to receive $20M in refunds

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EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Uber drivers will receive almost $20 million to settle a complaint levied by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The FTC said it will mail 88,799 refund checks to affected Uber drivers, totaling $19,798,233 beginning Monday. The average refund amount is $222.96.

The checks are part of Uber’s settlement with the FTC over allegations that the ride-hailing company exaggerated the yearly and hourly income drivers could make in certain cities.

The FTC also claimed Uber misled prospective drivers about the terms of its vehicle financing options.

Drivers who receive checks must cash them within 60 days, or else they will become void, according to the FTC. Recipients who have questions should call 1-888-506-8281.

Uber released a statement about the settlement:

“We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with the FTC. We’ve made many improvements to the driver experience over the last several years and will continue to focus on ensuring that Uber is the best option for anyone looking to earn money on their own schedule.”

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