- Associated Press - Friday, March 6, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Officials in Eugene, Oregon, have sued ride-sharing service Uber, seeking a court order to stop the service from operating in the area until it meets minimum safety requirements.

The Register-Guard newspaper (https://is.gd/R4YYDN) reports the lawsuit filed Thursday in Lane County Circuit Court also seeks a court ruling that Uber must obtain a city license.

Uber has maintained that it is basically a technology company that links customers to drivers, which it calls independent contractors. The ride-sharing service has said the city’s policies and regulations don’t apply to it.

Legal action comes seven months after Uber began operating in the Eugene-Springfield area. Negotiations between city regulators and Uber representatives have failed to reach an agreement.

The city began fining Uber in November for refusing to get a license. The fines total $146,000 so far. Uber is contesting the penalties and a hearing is scheduled March 24.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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