Boston Taxi Industry Sues Uber Car Service

Two Boston cab companies have filed a lawsuit against the Uber car service, accusing the company of "operating a car-for-hire service in violation of state and city laws and deceiving consumers about fees, drivers, safety and insurance," according to a press release announcing the suit.

The 35-page lawsuit was filed Monday in Suffolk Superior Court by Boston Cab Dispatch Inc. and EJT Management.

"Uber pays none of the substantial capital costs and expenses required to operate a legal taxi and livery car business in Boston," said attorney Sam Perkins, of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten, who filed the suit on behalf of the two cab companies. "It uses a dispatch system that is not approved, ignores regulations that are essential to public safety and uses a payment system that illegally overcharges customers."

Boston Business Journal first reported the lawsuit late Monday.

BBJ details:

Uber’s smart phone app allows customers to arrange, summon and pay for rides in so-called “black cars” operated by drivers who contract with the San Francisco-based firm. The app also allows users to summon participating taxi cabs.

BBJ adds that Uber has faced similar suits in San Francisco, New York, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

This program aired on March 12, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.


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