Reno Gazette Journal

Nevada Justices Soon May Decide Uber Case’s Venue
November 25, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Nevada Supreme Court could decide as early as Monday whether a judge in Reno or one in Las Vegas should hear a bid by state taxi regulators and limousine firms to block ride-sharing company Uber Technologies from operating in the state.

The high court received written arguments from both sides last week on an expedited schedule that would allow the justices to rule before a court hearing set Tuesday in Reno. Washoe County District Court Judge Scott Freeman is scheduled to decide whether to extend a temporary order he issued last month to stop Uber from doing business in the state.

“There is no reason, nor would it be appropriate, for both the case in Clark County and the case in Washoe County to move forward simultaneously,” said attorney Donald Campbell, representing Uber.

The state attorney general’s office and a lawyer representing Bell Limo and Whittlesea Checker Taxi argued that although the Nevada Transportation Authority sought restraining orders in courts in Reno, Carson City and Las Vegas, written documents were submitted first to Freeman. The Carson City case was later consolidated with the Washoe County case.

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