- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A lawsuit in which Portland leaders are asking a judge to order Uber to cease operations in the city has been moved to federal court at the request of the online ridesharing business.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/TFRtIW ) that move came Tuesday. The San Francisco-based company argued in court documents that the company stood to lose more than $100,000 in profits if required to follow the city’s regulation process for taxis.

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

The city filed its lawsuit Monday in county Circuit Court.

Uber launched its ride-sharing app last Friday in Portland.

City Commissioner Steve Novick has threatened to “throw the book” at the company for violating rides-for-hire regulations.

Uber has said it isn’t bound by rules governing traditional taxi companies. Uber’s drivers are independent contractors, and the company takes a cut of fares.

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


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