US: Judge orders Uber to hand over acquisition report of Levandowski startup

US: Judge orders Uber to hand over acquisition report of Levandowski startup

Uber has lost two key battles in its trade-secret litigation with Waymo, Google’s self-driving car spinoff. First, a magistrate judge has ruled that Uber must hand over the due diligence report related to its $680 million acquisition of self-driving car startup Otto. Uber had been trying to keep that report secret by claiming attorney-client privilege. […]

Brazil: Uber rival 99 secures $100Mn from SoftBank

Brazil: Uber rival 99 secures $100Mn from SoftBank

Brazil-based 99 has raised a whopping $100 million from SoftBank in funding, just a few months after raising the same amount from Didi Chuxing in January. This investment round, considered as an extension of the previous round, is now closed for over $200 million. With the freshly raised funds, 99 will focus on expanding its […]

EU: Taxis launch alliance to compete with Uber

EU: Taxis launch alliance to compete with Uber

MEPs and stakeholders yesterday launched an organisation aiming to protect the rights of taxi drivers and improve competition against “social platforms” like US ride-hailing service Uber. Social media platforms like Uber “make it too easy to do social dumping at our expense”, said Loreno Bittarelli, president of URI and a vice-president of TaxiEurope Alliance. Since […]

The Sharing Economy Meets the Sherman Act: Is Uber a Firm, a Cartel, or Something in Between?

Posted by Social Science Research Network The Sharing Economy Meets the Sherman Act: Is Uber a Firm, a Cartel, or Something in Between? By Mark Anderson (University of Idaho) & Max Huffman (Indiana University) Abstract:      The sharing economy is a new industrial structure that is made possible by instantaneous internet communication and changes […]

US: Supreme Court won’t hear Chicago ride-hailing case

US: Supreme Court won’t hear Chicago ride-hailing case

The US Supreme Court on Monday dealt the struggling Chicago cab industry a final low, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Court declined to take up the Chicago taxicab industry’s challenge to the city’s ordinances governing ride-hailing platforms such as Uber and Lyft, ending more than three years of litigation over regulations that the cab companies […]

Italy: Court caves to protests and bans Uber

Italy: Court caves to protests and bans Uber

When the Italian Parliament attempted to liberalize its licensing laws to allow greater competition for cabs, the taxi union responded by staging a week-long, often violent strike in late February. Thousands of taxi drivers from around the country descended on Rome, parking in front of the Parliament building and threatening providers of alternative ride services […]

Canada: Gov seeks to end Uber’s tax advantage over taxis

Canada: Gov seeks to end Uber’s tax advantage over taxis

The new national budget unveiled Wednesday by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government took aim at ride-sharing providers such as Uber Technologies, looking to end a tax advantage they have over traditional taxi companies. The budget statement said Trudeau’s government plans to amend Canada’s Excise Tax Act to redefine ride-sharing firms as taxi companies. […]

Kenya: Competition watchdog investigates Uber for predatory tactics

Kenya: Competition watchdog investigates Uber for predatory tactics

The Competition Authority of Kenya has begun investigations on whether the move by taxi hailing firm Uber to lower prices breached competition laws. Of concern to the regulator is the fact that Uber may have employed predatory tactics in its quest to lure customers to its service and look out competition. CAK Director General Wang’ombe […]

India: Uber denies charges of abuse of dominant position

India: Uber denies charges of abuse of dominant position

On Wednesday Uber told the Supreme Court that a probe into allegations of abuse of its dominant market position cannot be ordered in the absence of a prima facie finding supporting the charge. Meru accused Uber of driving competitors and small taxi operators out of business by resorting to predatory pricing. The Competition Commission of […]

US: Uber targeted by 14 more Boston cab companies

US: Uber targeted by 14 more Boston cab companies

Uber faces new foes, this time in Boston. Fourteen Boston area cab companies have filed a complaint against the ride share platform. The complains allege that Uber violates state laws and city ordinances. It also claims that it deceives costumers about the safety of its vehicles and drives. “Uber’s business plan and activity illegally undermine […]