Court sides with Philadelphia in taxi companies' lawsuit

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 31, 2018 10:45 AM

FILE - In this July 15, 2015 file photo, an Uber driver sits in his car near the San Francisco International Airport. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Philadelphia) -- A federal judge has ruled against taxi companies in a lawsuit that accused Philadelphia of failing to regulate ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.

The judge has granted a request for summary judgment from the Philadelphia Parking Authority, which regulates taxis in the city.

The taxi companies argued that the value of their businesses dropped precipitously in part because they complied with strict regulations that ride-hailing apps flouted.

Judge Michael Baylson ruled the agency was under no legal obligation to regulate the two services in the same way. He also said courts were not in a position to protect a business from competition.

A lawyer representing taxi companies in the suit did not respond to a request for comment.

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