Judge sides with Uber in Boston taxi-industry dispute
The federal judge ruled that Uber is not liable for launching service in Boston before Massachusetts rolled out ride-hailing regulations.
Uber has reportedly won a favorable judgement from a Massachusetts federal judge overseeing a case involving dozens of traditional taxicab companies.
US District Judge Nathaniel P Gorton ruled that Uber did not violate local regulations by launching service in Boston before the state passed regulations for ride-hailing companies, according to Law360.
Gorton argues that city officials never informed the company that it was forbidden from operating there, and attorneys representing cab companies ultimately "failed to prove that Uber, under the totality of the circumstances, committed an extreme or egregious wrong."
Taxi companies filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for a collapse in drivers' medallion values, estimating that Uber's arrival had caused tens of millions of dollars in lost value.
Uber has been involved in numerous legal battles since its founding a decade ago. Certain cases represent an existential threat to the company, particularly the fight over drivers' classification as third-party contractors rather than employees.
As self-driving technology emerges on the horizon as the next potential 'mobility' disruption, Uber is still losing hundreds of millions of dollars per quarter. The path to profitability has apparently been hampered by subsidization of ride prices as Uber and Lyft continue to battle for market share.