Uber Presence In Boston Didn't Flout Mass. Law, Judge Rules

By Aaron Leibowitz (September 6, 2019, 1:34 PM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Friday that Uber Technologies Inc. did not violate local laws by operating in Boston before the passage of statewide legislation regulating ride-hailing companies, saying the city never told the company not to do business there.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel P. Gorton wrote in a 46-page decision that even if Uber flouted local taxi rules, a more stringent standard is needed to find violations of Massachusetts' consumer protection law, known as Chapter 93A. The judge said that, over the course of a seven-day bench trial, attorneys for 34 cab companies "failed to prove that Uber, under the...

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