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Civil lawsuit filed against Uber Eats over stabbing death

State Court

By Sarah Downey | Feb 19, 2020

Delco
Delaware County Courthouse

MEDIA - The family of a Philadelphia man who died after he was stabbed by a courier who was delivering food has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the courier and the food-delivery company.

The defendants, Michael White and Uber Eats, are named in the lawsuit, filed Jan. 27 in the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas. The 10-count suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

Included in the allegations, the suit states the defendants acted negligently by, “allowing their delivery person to carry a concealed and illegal weapon, being a twelve (12) inch knife with a seven (7) inch blade.”

The suit also alleges that the company failed to properly train White, and did not conduct a thorough background check before employing him.

Last month, White was sentenced to two years probation for evidence tampering for hiding the knife. In October, a jury acquitted White of voluntary manslaughter in the death of Sean Schellenger.  

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