App Maker Says Calif. Wrongly Expanded Ride-Sharing Rules

Law360, Los Angeles (October 25, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT) -- Web-based ride-sharing service provider Uber Technologies Inc. told a California utilities commission Wednesday that it doesn't have the authority to regulate the company because, while the commission has jurisdiction over transportation providers, Uber only develops software connecting such companies with passengers.

Uber asked California's Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a September decision that legalized the ride-sharing industry in the state and defined companies including UberX, Lyft and SideCar as "charter party passenger carriers" that the agency can regulate.

Uber said that the decision expanded the definition...
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