Really interesting decision from the High Court today and it sounds like it was pretty emphatic outcome for Uber. This will certainly come as welcome news for them but as the litigation continues to mount this is just one of many battles to be fought. Not least as it sounds like an appeal may be coming.
As a lawyer working with a lot of innovative tech businesses trying to fit a boundary pushing idea into the existing rules and regulations is a familiar problem! Not least when there are clear and lucrative vested interests for those who wish to maintain the status quo. Ultimately I suspect the market will decide!
The taxi-hailing app operated in London by the US firm Uber does not break the law, the High Court has found.The court had been asked to decide whether the company's smartphones were considered meters, which are outlawed for private hire vehicles. The phones use GPS and external servers to calculate the cost of a journey. Transport for London said taking the case to court had been "in the public interest".