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Uber's Legal Battles

Uber wants to be disruptive but all it gets is dissed. The start-up, which lets people summon town cars or cabs with a smartphone app, has twigged off officials in many cities, who complain about lack of pricing transparency, drivers’ use of electronic devices, and infringement of local laws like New York’s prohibition on prearranged taxi rides. Taxi drivers in Chicago have sued over trademark violations and consumer fraud; San Francisco drivers brought a similar complaint. One score for the team: Uber reached a deal early this month with the Washington D.C. City council that gives the company freedom to operate there with local drivers. Many people who have tried Uber say they love it, and tech enthusiasts want the company to persevere.