A federal judge on Monday banned Uber Technologies Inc and its Chief Executive Travis Kalanick from using information from a background check on a passenger bringing a price-fixing lawsuit, saying the investigative firm conducting the probe may have engaged in criminal conduct. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan also faulted the popular ride-sharing service for hiring the firm, Ergo, at all. Rakoff called it a “sad day” that Uber felt compelled to authorize what became an “intrusive and clandestine,” and ultimately unsuccessful, probe to unearth damaging information about the plaintiff Spencer Meyer and his lawyer.
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U.S. judge faults Uber, bans background check in NY lawsuit