Uber is fighting more than 70 lawsuits in federal court

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Uber is known for a uniquely aggressive approach to establishing a market foothold.

"They punch themselves into the market, break glass, upset people and then figure out how to bring everybody together in a more friendly way," as Thilo Koslowski, vice president and automotive practice leader of research firm Gartner, put it to the Los Angeles Times last year.

Now you can put some numbers to that aggression. The company is facing more than 70 lawsuits in federal court throughout the United States, according to The Mercury News. Of those 70, 46 were lodged this year. By comparison, ride-hailing competitor Lyft has received seven lawsuits in 2016, Airbnb is facing six, and Facebook has been the target of 27.

Those numbers are just a few of a series of data points that add up quickly. And on top of those 70 lawsuits, there are actions in state courts and at least one legal issue abroad. Why?

Because, as New York University professor Arun Sundararajan told Mercury, the personality of Uber "is very much 'we're going to dominate the world, and we're going to ask for forgiveness rather than asking for permission.' "

Sundararajan, author of the book The Sharing Economy, said the company's fraught relationship with its contracted drivers hasn't exactly helped.

Here are several numbers that characterize Uber's legal troubles, from the Mercury story.

  • 70: The approximate number of lawsuits Uber currently faces in federal court.
  • 60: The approximate number of federal lawsuits Uber has already resolved.
  • 46: How many times Uber has been sued in federal court in 2016.
  • $100 million: How much a recent settlement with drivers could be worth, once a federal judge in San Francisco approves it.
  • $1.1 million: The fine France slapped on two Uber executives recently for violating privacy and travel laws.
  • $7.6 million: How much the California Public Utilities Commission fined Uber for holding back trip information.
  • $2.3 million: How much Uber has reportedly spent since 2013 lobbying Congress and California's state legislature.
  • 50: A rough estimate of how many people Uber currently has on its legal team.
  • 24: The number of openings Uber reportedly has on that team.
  • $60 billion: The startup's current valuation.

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