The Justice Department is seeking to hold the ride-sharing company responsible for more than $1 billion in alleged fraud, while the company says it will plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid being compelled to answer questions.
In an amended motion filed Friday, the government asks a judge to allow it to issue subpoenas and force Uber to reveal more details about its operations.
The DOJ said it intends to seek a court order requiring Uber to identify the companies behind the fraudulent transactions.
Uber, which has faced scrutiny for its business practices and drivers’ complaints about abusive work conditions, has defended itself by saying its employees are not engaged in fraud and that its drivers have the same rights and protections as other workers.
“We have always been committed to protecting the rights of all of our drivers and riders,” Uber spokeswoman Kate White said in a statement.
“We are not hiding behind the Fifth.
The government has been looking for ways to intimidate and intimidate our drivers.”
Uber has faced accusations from some drivers that they were victims of “fraud” and “conspiracy.”
The government also seeks to compel Uber to turn over records from the private contractor that operates the system, and it asks for an injunction to block Uber from providing the records to other third parties.
The Justice Department said Uber will be allowed to continue operating as it has until the court decides its case.