Judge dismisses St. Louis taxi commission’s suit against Lyft

Ride-sharing service Lyft can continue to operate in Kansas City at least until after a three-day trial set to begin Sept. 17.  | Courtesy of Creative Commons
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A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission against Lyft, a ride-hailing service, and lifted an injunction forbidding it from operating in the St. Louis area.

The taxi commission sued in April of 2014, the same day Lyft briefly launched its service in St. Louis. At the time, Lyft was not authorized to operate. Its drivers were ticketed and a judge shut it down after a few days.

St. Louis Circuit Judge Joan Moriarty write in her order issued Tuesday that the taxi commission confirmed Lyft was a “transportation network company” and not a taxicab service. Because of that distinction, any judgment rendered by her court would “have no practical effect,” she wrote.

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