Date
27 May 2017
The judge said the taxi firms failed to show that Uber competed unfairly, tried to lure away their drivers, or misrepresented its services. Photo: Reuters
The judge said the taxi firms failed to show that Uber competed unfairly, tried to lure away their drivers, or misrepresented its services. Photo: Reuters

Uber wins dismissal of lawsuit by Connecticut taxi companies

Uber Technologies has won the dismissal of a racketeering lawsuit by 15 Connecticut taxi and limousine companies seeking to stop the ride-sharing company from doing business in the state.

US District Judge Alvin Thompson in Hartford, Connecticut said the plaintiffs failed to show that Uber competed unfairly, tried to lure away their drivers, or misrepresented its services, fares and drivers’ insurance coverage to passengers, Reuters reported.

The judge also rejected the plaintiffs’ argument that Uber should follow the same licensing and safety regulations that they are required by law to observe.

It was only recently that Connecticut’s legislature even asked the state’s Department of Transportation to consider whether Uber should be covered, he said.

Uber had argued that it was unclear how state transportation laws could “apply to a technology company” such as itself, and which owns no cars and employs no drivers.

Thompson said the plaintiffs may file an amended lawsuit if they wish.

The lawsuit is similar to many filed in the United States against San Francisco-based Uber, which lets customers summon vehicles through a smartphone application.

In their complaint, which also sought damages, the Connecticut companies said Uber succeeds because it can “prey parasitically on established taxicab and livery services” by cutting corners and ignoring laws meant to protect passengers.

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