City of Portland brings lawsuit against Uber

12/09/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Oregon – Growing transportation service Uber is facing a lawsuit by the City of Portland, Oregon after launching its service in the area. As reported by WebProNews, the city alleges the company does not have the required permits to charge passengers for transport inside the city limits.

City Commissioner Steve Novick is quoted as stating of the issue, “There’s nothing sharing about this so-called ‘sharing economy’ company: They want to profit in Portland without playing by the same rules as existing cab companies.”

A release from the city government is further quoted as stating of the lawsuit, “The lawsuit seeks declaratory relief that Uber is subject to and in violation of the City of Portland’s Private for Hire Transportation Regulations and Administrative Rules.

The City’s lawsuit is asking for a declaration by the court that Uber is subject to the City’s regulations. The lawsuit also asks the Court to order Uber to stop operating in Portland until it is in compliance with the City’s safety, health and consumer protection rules.”

As noted in the report, Uber is now valued at more than $40 billion.

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