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Taxi app Uber faces ban in Berlin

April 17, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Ride-hailing app Uber could face a ban in the German capital after the head of the Berlin Taxi Association convinced a local court that the company’s service breaks the law.

Berlin’s regional court last week ruled that the limousines Uber users can call are illegally cruising the city for customers. According to Berlin state laws, they should instead have to return to base after each journey.

Richard Leipold, who brought the case against Uber, says he doesn’t have the money to enforce the interim ruling, because defeat could make him liable for huge compensation claims from the San Francisco-based company.

But Leipold told The Associated Press on Thursday that he plans to pursue the case until Uber either plays by the same rules as taxi companies, or is banned.

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