Uber secures legal victory in Brazil, in blow to taxi unions

Court strikes down earlier ban; adversaries cry foul

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By  Stephen McBride Published  May 5, 2015

A Brazilian court has ruled that ride-sharing service Uber can continue operating in the country, striking down an earlier decision to suspend the US tech company's service, Reuters reported.

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On 28 April the State Court of Sao Paulo found Uber to be in violation of public transport regulations and ordered the company to discontinue its service.

Uber reportedly continued to operate, but was not penalised.

The latest ruling held April's decision to be beyond that court's purview.

Brazil is one of several countries in which regulated transport agencies accuse Uber of unfair competition. The US company operates as a technology business, where drivers and passengers are matched through a proprietary mobile app. Uber drivers are not de facto employees, allowing the firm to often operate outside transport industry regulations.

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"A decision like this is extremely frustrating," said Ivana Có Crivelli, a lawyer acting on behalf of the Sao Paulo State Taxi Workers' Union. "Cab drivers are people who are fighting for their livelihood. Their work is professional and regulated."

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