At the heart of the lawsuit, the drivers allege they were entitled to expenses like gas, vehicle maintenance and insurance to cover them between passengers. As Reuters reports, some of the drivers filed objections with the court after the offer from Travis Kalanick and company, claiming the settlement was far less than the estimated $850 million in damages. The settlement would have paid out $84 million to drivers immediately, but another $16 million at some unspecified date in the future after Uber goes public.
According to MarketWatch, most drivers would get less than $24 out of Uber's offer, which is less than the cost of filling up a Prius in San Francisco. And Judge Chen took their side, saying it was a "substantial discount" on their claims. Uber, for their part, expressed their displeasure in a statement: "The settlement, mutually agreed by both sides, was fair and reasonable. We're disappointed in this decision and are taking a look at our options." Although it's a ways off, those options might one day include doing away with drivers entirely.