IN THE NEWS

NYC Owes Cabbies a Fair Hearing on License Suspension

Courthouse News, July 19, 2019​
MANHATTAN (CN) – Reviving a suit by taxi drivers who endured license suspensions after criminal arrests, the Second Circuit ruled Friday that New York City did not give the drivers a fair hearing, as is due with their very livelihoods on the line. Read More 

Uber driver who allegedly booted lesbian couple for kissing can drive again

NY Post, July 9, 2018 
The Uber driver who allegedly tossed a lesbian couple from his car for kissing in the backseat— telling them it is “illegal” — has been recommended for reinstatement by an administrative law judge pending a final decision on his license. Read More 

Judge says Uber driver who booted lesbian couple should get license back

NBC News , July 11, 2018 ​
The women said they were kicked after they had just kissed, but the driver claimed they were about to have “sex in the car.” Read More 

Judge kisses off complaint against Uber driver accused of anti-gay bias

New York Daily News,  July 9, 2015
A city judge on Monday kissed off a complaint against an Uber driver accused of anti-gay bias for ejecting two kissing women from his car. Read More 

 Judge rules seizing suspected unlicensed taxis is unconstitutional

New York Daily News, October 11, 2018 ​
The city's practice of seizing the cars of people driving suspected unlicensed taxis is unconstitutional, a federal judge has ruled. Read More 

Taxi and Limousine Commission seizing of cars is unconstitutional, federal judge rules 

AM New York,  October 1, 2015
The Taxi and Limousine Commission has been unconstitutionally seizing thousands of cars a year from city streets, a federal judge found late Wednesday. Read More 

Cabbies file lawsuit claiming wheelchair accessible taxis are causing them to lose money to Uber

New York Daily News,  September 23, 2015 ​
A group of cabbies say they can't afford to drive a wheelchair accessible taxi while losing business to Uber.  Read More 

Can a taxi license be revoked based on arrest alone?

 Collateral Consequences Resource Center,  ​December  21, 2015
The Taxi and Limousine Commission has been unconstitutionally seizing thousands of cars a year from city streets, a federal judge found late Wednesday.  Read More 

Cabbies in legal battle to stop TLC from suspending licenses after arrests

New York Daily News,  Febuary 17, 2014
Taxi driver Khairul Aminand three other cabbies have been pushing for the Taxi & Limousine Commission to stop immediately suspending hack licenses after arrests — before drivers have been tried and convicted. Read More 

TLC Statistics are Taking Honest New York City Cabbies for a Ride

New York Daily News,   March 23, 2010
News that New York City taxi drivers cheated passengers of some $8.3 million was shocking, especially to those familiar with the industry.  Read More 

A Plea For Procedural Due Process

Forbes.com, Oct 20, 2009
All too often today, state procedures compromise the ability of individuals to keep their property and their jobs from arbitrary loss by state power. Read More 

Giuliani’s sorry crackdown on New York cabbies

Slate,  ​December 19, 2007
When he is not billing himself as the 9/11 candidate, Rudolph Giuliani bills himself as a law and order candidate. But when he was mayor of New York, Giuliani often acted as if law was for other people. Read More 

Bad News Often Brings Cabbies to the Pink Palace

The New York Times, November 9, 2007
If you’re a taxi, livery cab or commuter van driver licensed by the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission and you’re charged with breaking the rules, and if you want to contest that charge, you have to go to a hearing in a place like 32-02 Queens Boulevard. One of the first things you notice –- one of the first things I noticed, anyway –- is that the building, a big former factory, is pink. Read More 

The Price of Justice

The New York Times, February 12, 2006
OVER the past several decades, the scope and clout of the city's administrative law courts have swelled to the point where there are now at least 500 administrative law judges scattered among a dozen agencies. Read More 
The New York Times, March 8, 2006
A long legal fight over a city crackdown on cabdrivers, prompted by a black actor's 1999 complaint of racial bias, has ended in an agreement to pay about 500 cabbies whose licenses were suspended or revoked, lawyers on both sides of the case said yesterday. ​Read More 

New York City to Pay Settlement to Taxi Drivers Accused of Bias

Lawyer Says Taxi Judges Are Unfair to Cabbies

The New York Times,  Jan. 8, 2005
In separate lawsuits, Mr. Ackman has already won two rulings against the agency. He has opened up the city's so-called taxi court to the public and persuaded a judge to strike down the practice of summarily suspending licenses based only on allegations that are made -- but not yet proved -- against drivers.  Read More 

Bronx Cheer For Due Process

The New York Observer,  July 23, 2001
There is a scene in the movie The Verdict where Paul Newman, playing attorney Frank Galvin, insists to Charlotte Rampling that the idea of a law court is not to dispense justice. The court, Mr. Newman’s character says, exists to give people “a chance at justice.” But even in this ideal, the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission has a problem, because most cabbies believe that in the TLC’s courts, they have no chance. Read More 

Hack Justice: One Lawyer-Journalist’s Cab Ride Through a Land the Law Forgot

American Lawyer, June 2000
As an associate for a major Wall Street law firm, I had deposed Donald Trump. I had also litigated in landlord-tenant court. So I thought I knew something about blowhards and a little about due process. But I knew nothing, nothing until I encountered the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission. Read More

Is Censorship Contagious In New York?

The New York Times, March 14, 2000
Dan Ackman had figured that his request was so straightforward that it would be hassle-free. He figured wrong.  Mr. Ackman was writing about New York taxi drivers for his master’s degree project at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. It made sense, he thought, to sit in on the city’s administrative hearings where judgment is passed on drivers accused of infractions. The cabbies’ take is that the deck is stacked against them at those hearings. Mr. Ackman wanted to see for himself.  Read More