TAMPA, Fla.— A limousine company and two limousine customers won the first round in their lawsuit challenging a $50 minimum fare rule set by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission.
Circuit Judge Charles E. Bergmann denied a motion Monday by county lawyers to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Thomas Halsnik, owner of Black Pearl Limousine, and limousine customers Kenrick Gleckler and Daniel Faubion.
The three men claim the minimum $50 limousine fare violates their due process rights under Florida’s Constitution and was put in place to protect established taxi and limousine companies. They also claim the fare rule restricts competition among limousines, taxi cabs and luxury limousines.
The three plaintiffs are represented by the Institute for Justice, a libertarian law firm known for representing small business people who feel victimized by intrusive government regulations.
Full story, at The Tampa Tribune.