By Associated Press • 

Judge sets Dec. 23 hearing on Portland vs. Uber

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A federal judge has scheduled a Dec. 23 hearing on the city of Portland's request for a restraining order to force online ridesharing business Uber to stop operating in Portland.

The Oregonian reports that U.S. District Judge Michael Simon on Monday rejected the city's attempt to move its lawsuit against Uber back to Circuit Court. He ruled that Uber had "proven by a preponderance of the evidence" that it is an out-of-state company at risk of losing significant profits because of enforcement of local regulations.

After issuing a cease-and-desist order, Portland transportation officials have hit the company with nearly $68,000 in fines. Uber launched service in Portland on the night of Dec. 5. Portland's complaint contends the business violates rides-for-hire regulations.

Uber spokeswoman Eva Behrend has said the company will continue to operate in Portland.


Information from: The Oregonian

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