June 25, 2017

Taxi companies’ suit against PPA over Uber, Lyft proceeds

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A lawsuit against the Philadelphia Parking Authority filed by the city’s taxi companies over the authority’s alleged failure to regulate competitors Uber and Lyft can move forward, a federal judge in Pennsylvania has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania denied the PPA’s motion to dismiss cab companies’ equal protection clause claims alleging ride-hailing services were allowed to operate under the radar when it came to enforcement.

The ruling is the latest chapter in a host of litigation both in Philadelphia and around the country involving cab companies suing over what they allege are ride-hailing companies. However, the case itself is unusual in that the taxi operators aren’t targeting the ride-hailing companies, but the regulatory body that oversees point-to-point transportation.

Brett Berman, the lead attorney representing 300 cab operators in Checker Cab Philadelphia v. The Philadelphia Parking Authority, said the case was the first of its kind in the region.

“It’s a very good day for taxis in Philadelphia, and hopefully this is the first step forward in righting some of the wrongs caused by the inaction of the PPA,” said Mr. Berman, of Fox Rothschild.

Dennis G. Weldon, the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s general counsel, said in a statement, […]

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