DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and Uber Eats have been sued Monday for allegedly exploiting their dominance in restaurant meal deliveries to impose fees that consumers ultimately bear via higher menu costs, along with throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
In a proposed class-action suit filed in Manhattan federal court, three customers said the defendants violated U.S. antitrust law by requiring that restaurants charge delivery customers and dine-in clients the same price while imposing “exorbitant” fees of 10% to 40% of income to process delivery orders.
The customers, all from New York, stated this sticks restaurants with a devil’s choice of charging everybody increased costs as a situation of utilizing the defendants’ services.
They stated this made it tougher to keep tables full even before the pandemic wiped out most restaurants, at least briefly.
Grubhub, whose businesses include Grubhub and Seamless, and Uber Technologies, which tuns Uber Eats, declined to remark.
DoorDash and Postmates didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment. Lawyers for the plaintiffs didn’t instantly reply to a similar request.
The suit seeks triple damages, along with for overcharges, since April 14, 2016 for dine-in and delivery clients in the U.S. at restaurants utilizing the defendants’ delivery platforms.