Lyft-Kansas City Dispute Moved To Federal Court

Ride-sharing service Lyft is scheduled for its St. Louis launch on Friday. | Courtesy of Creative Commons
Ride-sharing service Lyft is entangled in legal battles over its entry into the Kansas City and St. Louis markets. | Courtesy of Creative Commons

Ride-sharing company Lyft Inc. won a motion to remove Kansas City’s petition for a temporary restraining order from Jackson County Circuit Court to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. A similar order was issued against Lyft in St. Louis.

The filing alleges that Kansas City is attempting to preserve the revenues and market dominance enjoyed by the companies that are operating under the provisions of the city’s ordinances. It also challenges Kansas City’s assertions that Lyft’s non-compliance to the city’s ordinances constitutes a public-safety risk. The city and Lyft have been at odds since the company brought its business model to Kansas City in late April.

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