Blog: Taxis & the Law
Posted: Jan 07, 2015

The Great Medallion Crash of 2014

Taxi medallion prices, after rising continually for many years, are continuing to fall, with app-based hailing services like Uber taking the blame. The New York Times reports that in NYC individual taxi medallions, whose owners must drive a taxi for roughly 180 shifts per year, fell to $805,000, down 23 percent from 2013’s peak of $1.05 […]

Jan 07, 2015 | Filed under: Blog, medallion prices, TLC, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 27, 2014

This time its the Passengers Suing Uber

Uber is used to being sued by regulators and taxi companies, but now passengers are getting into the act. Two riders in San Francisco are suing the company over its $1 “Safe Rides Fee.” According to Gizmodo, the theory of the case is that “it’s a bullshit fee.” Here is Gizmodo’s summary of the complaint: The lawsuit […]

Dec 27, 2014 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 27, 2014

In the Fighting City, Cab Companies call Uber a Racketeer

Dozens of Philadelphia taxi companies are suing Uber under the RICO statute, labeling the venture capital backed service a racketeering enterprise. The complaint says that Uber circumventions state and city regulations and that it has caused the traditional taxi business and medallion prices to plummet. The plaintiffs also want an injunction that would bar Uber from operating in the region.

Dec 27, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, lawsuit, medallions, RICO, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 25, 2014

A Life in Ruins

One of the thousands of drivers whose cars have been seized by the TLC– always without a warrant and without a hearing– for acting a taxi without a license has sued the agency for “ruining his life.” Michael Davis of Allentown, Pennsylvania, claims $1 million in damages because the TLC seized his car at Kennedy […]

Dec 25, 2014 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 25, 2014

Check This!

The New York Times has a Christmas Day editorial saying that app-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft need to do a better job of background-checking their drivers. It cites a single incident– albeit one that has grabbed headlines– in which an Uber Driver in New Delhi was accused of raping a passenger.  Uber, for one, […]

Dec 25, 2014 | Filed under: background checks, Blog, Lyft, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 18, 2014

Taxi of Tomorrow — or maybe the day after. Or never.

An interesting autoblog post details the history of legal and business problems behind the Taxi of Tomorrow.  It’s set to be litigated again in the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court,  which granted the taxi industry group leading the opposition to the Nissan vehicle the right to appeal.  Opposition to the T […]

Dec 18, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Court of Appeals, Gerber, Nissan, taxi of tomorrow by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 09, 2014

Spain to Uber: No Mas

A Spanish judge has ordered to stop operating in Spain, a ruling that followed  series of protests by taxi associations, according to the BBC. In his ruling on the temporary ban, the judge said Uber drivers didn’t have official authorization and accused the service of “unfair competition”. This ruling seems similar to the one being […]

Dec 09, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, judge, Netherlands, Spain, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 09, 2014

Portland Punts Uber

The city of Portland, Oregon, has filed a lawsuit to block Uber from operating in its city. According to the Guardian, Uber started offering its low-cost Uber-X service, which, it seems, aims to used unlicensed cars and drivers not licensed as tax drivers to operate the service. Passengers would hail the non-taxis with the famed […]

Dec 09, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, lawuit, regulation, Taxi Stories, Uber by Adam Lingle
Posted: Dec 05, 2014

Uber crashes Portland

Uber started operation in Portland this week even though it lacked the permits and inspections that the city says are required for any taxi service, according to Geekwire. The city has already conducted enforcement actions against Uber drivers and is certainly not happy with Uber doing business on its streets, the report says. “We have told […]

Dec 05, 2014 | Filed under: Blog by Adam Lingle
Posted: Nov 21, 2014

Committee wants to Bar Uber for Playing God

The Committee for Taxi Safety s calling on the TLC to suspend Uber’s TLC licenses because the New York City Uber chiefs have been using the company’s “God’s View” technology to track the movements of one a Buzzfeed reporter. Uber’s God’s View tool allows Uber to track an individual’s use of the service, marking when […]

Nov 21, 2014 | Filed under: Blog, Committee for Taxi Safety, TLC, tracking, Uber by Adam Lingle
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