Jul 29, 2018

London cabbies claim foul play against Uber

So why do London's black cab drivers - those self-professed experts on the beautiful game - think they have a legal claim against their nemesis: Uber? Last week, the Licensed Taxi Drivers' Association said it was seeking advice from law firm Mishcon de Reya about a potential class action against the US car-booking app. While some jurisdictions have specific laws on "Unfair competition", Mr Magnus notes this is more of a civil law concern, and there is no immediate equivalent under English law. Meriel Schindler, partner at law firm Withers, cites four examples where a company's competitive behaviour might be deemed to break an existing law. Uber does not control the London licensing process - as a move to revoke its licence in 2017 proves.

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