Lawsuit against Uber by shooting suspect is a hoax, authorities say

Jason Dalton in court last month.

Jason Dalton in court last month.

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Authorities say a lawsuit against Uber filed in the name of a driver accused of gunning down six people between picking up fares is bogus.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas said Thursday that he saw reports about a handwritten lawsuit by Jason Dalton seeking $10 million from the ride-hailing service and became suspicious because the envelope it reportedly was mailed in had a Philadelphia postmark.

Matyas says Dalton, who is jailed, denied filing the lawsuit and that the handwriting doesn’t match Dalton’s.


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The lawsuit was listed in federal electronic records as being filed by Dalton in U.S. District Court in Detroit and was given a case number.

Dalton is accused of fatally shooting six people and wounding two others Feb. 20 between picking up passengers in Kalamazoo.


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