- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A federal judge has scheduled a Dec. 23 hearing on the city of Portland’s request for a restraining order to force online ridesharing business Uber to stop operating in Portland.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/X5oBfA ) that U.S. District Judge Michael Simon on Monday rejected the city’s attempt to move its lawsuit against Uber back to Circuit Court. He ruled that Uber had “proven by a preponderance of the evidence” that it is an out-of-state company at risk of losing significant profits because of enforcement of local regulations.

After issuing a cease-and-desist order, Portland transportation officials have hit the company with nearly $68,000 in fines. Uber launched service in Portland on the night of Dec. 5. Portland’s complaint contends the business violates rides-for-hire regulations.

Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend has said the company will continue to operate in Portland.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com


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