Court decision puts Uber on hold in Nevada (for a couple weeks, anyway)

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Well, that didn’t last long.

Uber launched its ridesharing service in Nevada Friday, but by Friday evening, a Carson City court ruling came down that prevented the company from doing business in the state until at least November 7, the Associated Press reports.

According to the AP, District Court Judge James Russell issued the ruling at the request of Nevada State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. And as you might expect, the issue all comes down to Uber not conforming to existing taxicab regulations. 

The story behind the story: Uber, Lyft, and other app-based ridesharing companies have run into regulatory issues in numerous regions around the world. In September, the district attorneys of San Francisco and Los Angeles threatened both Uber and Lyft with legal action “if they don’t make major changes,” according to SFGate.

The San Francisco Business Journal noted in June that cities across the US—such as Austin, Miami, Kansas City, Houston, and St. Louis, among others—have all taken issue with ridesharing services because they didn’t meet existing regulations for taxi companies. 

Court hearing scheduled

According to the AP, a court hearing on the issue will take place November 6, presumably to decide what will happen next. In the meantime, drivers who offer Uber’s services do so at their own risk: The AP notes that four Uber drivers who illegally offered rides had their cars impounded and “faced fines of up to $10,000.”

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