Frankfurt Court Lifts Recent Uber Ban in Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

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Two weeks after placing a ban in Germany against popular car-sharing service Uber, a Frankkfurt court decided to overturn what was one of the American company’s most severe legal setbacks on Tuesday.

Taxi Deutschland filed suit against Uber in August, claiming that the service did not abide by taxi regulations and was therefore unfairly competing with their own business and other local taxi companies. The court’s decision to lift the ban however had little to do with Taxi Deutschland’s argument.

According to a Frankfurt court spokesman, the judges believed the company was right to file suit and Tuesday’s decision had to do with a technicality. The problem is that Taxi Deutschland waited too long to file their case, since any case has to be filed within two months of the violation. Uber began its low-cost UberPop service, which competes with traditional taxi services, in April and the complaint was filed four months later.

While Tuesday’s ruling is a temporary win for Uber, the Frankfurt court did not rule on whether or not the service is technically legal in Germany. That will be another case that will surely hit the German courts soon.

 

Sources: NYTimes
Photo: Uber

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