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DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber are trying to hurt and silence advocates and restaurants with subpoenas!

June 12, 2024

Read this important op-ed about the egregious tactic DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber are taking to try and hurt and silence advocates and restaurants with subpoenas!

Corporate giants (DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber) deploy subpoenas to squash advocacy, press

amNY, By Andrew Rigie, NYC Hospitality Alliance 


Here are some highlights… 

"Are you a reporter who includes the voices of advocates in your coverage? Are you a non-profit advocacy organization, a lobbyist, or anyone else who seeks to influence their government in opposition to the wishes of giant corporations? If you are any of these things, you’re under attack, and if we lose this fight, you may lose First Amendment protections and the power of your voice in government." 


“The law was put in place following a New York City Council hearing called as the media broke stories about the third-party delivery marketplace’s abusive relationship with restaurants. These stories described instances where restaurants were charged thousands of dollars in fraudulent fees for “customer orders” that were never placed, created secondary websites for restaurants without their knowledge, and listed restaurants on their apps without consent. Additional serious concerns were raised about how algorithms were manipulated by the delivery companies to determine the promotion and searchability of restaurants.”


"DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber should take heed: The New York City restaurant industry lost a lot throughout Covid-19, but collectively we persevered, and as big and powerful as you are, you are no pandemic. You will not intimidate us to capitulate with your subpoenas. While there is a cap on your fees, there is no cap on the resilience of the New York City restaurant industry. Consider that a tip."