A recent RICO lawsuit filed by Houston limo and taxi operators against Uber could put a burr in their saddle.
HOUSTON -- Taxicab and limousine companies in Houston on Tuesday, April 8 filed a civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) lawsuit against Uber and Lyft.
This type of civil lawsuit refers to the ongoing and intentional criminal practices of a party. The companies contend that Uber and Lyft are operating as for-hire vehicles without proper licenses, fee payment or insurance, and are not meeting the obligations of for-hire vehicles in Houston. They are seeking an injunction to stop the companies from operation.
FULL COPY OF LAWSUIT HERE
Houston Chronicle article here
Houston Business Journal article here
Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S., is an active hub for chauffeured transportation. Texas and New York are now tied for second place among states with the most limousine operators, behind top-ranked California, according to the 2014 LCT Magazine Fact Book Survey to be published in May.
Sources: Houston Area Livery & Charter Association; LCT