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>> Another blow for Uber and it's rivals in Europe as the EU's highest court says, yes you're transport services and it means that they can be regulated anywhere in the block just like a normal taxi company. It's a landmark ruling because Uber has long claimed that it's simply a digital app.
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That acts as a middle man between drivers and people looking for a ride. And therefore, they claim they should fall under the lighter regulations that govern online services. But that's not so, says the European Court of Justice, their verdict reads that Uber, quote, exercises decisive influence over the drivers.
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And says, without Uber, people who need to make a trip would likely never use these drivers in the first place. It stemmed from a case in Barcelona, where local professional taxi drivers complained that Uber's use of non-professionals was unfair competition. Uber says the court's decision isn't likely to have an immediate impact in Europe where they've already cut back a lot of services, particularly on licensed ones.
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The Silicon Valley company's been embroiled in legal battles across the continent that includes its right to operate in London, it's most important regional hub