German court orders Uber to suspend services across the country

Gigaom

Uber is banned across Germany, at least for now. It emerged on Tuesday that the Frankfurt Regional Court imposed a preliminary injunction on Uber last week, ahead of a full court case over the service’s legality.

As the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, the court said [company]Uber[/company] was illegal because its drivers do not carry the appropriate permits and insurance. Uber said it will fight the injunction, for which taxi industry body Taxi Deutschland had applied, and will not shut down in the meantime.

Uber has already had some success in similar circumstances in Hamburg and Berlin, where it got different courts to suspend the injunctions ahead of full court hearings. The company sort of won its Hamburg case last week – the court overturned that ban on the grounds that it was issued by the wrong city agency, but it also said that Uber’s drivers were “probably” acting illegally because…

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