The passenger, who reported being raped and beaten after hailing a ride with the Uber driver in Delhi in early December, sued the online car service in a US federal court in January, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures.
“While Plaintiff undoubtedly can state a claim against her alleged assailant, she cannot state a claim against Uber US, which is the wrong party. Nor does California law govern a dispute involving an alleged wrong committed by one Indian citizen against another Indian citizen, in India,” Uber said in the filing.
The victim’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, has represented high-profile plaintiffs, including a hotel maid who accused former International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault. Wigdor was not immediately available for comment outside regular US business hours.
Charges against a Chicago Uber driver who was accused of raping a female passenger late last year were dropped on Monday.
Uber, the world’s most valuable venture-backed start-up with a valuation of $ 40 billion, has been dogged by controversies surrounding its business practices and safety policies at a time when it has been growing rapidly around the world.
The case in US District Court, Northern District of California is Doe vs Uber Technologies Inc.