Taxi and limousine drivers who’ve already lost once in their class-action suit against Palm Beach County have been dealt another, nearly fatal blow.
Fort Pierce-based U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg had thrown out the suit in February, but had permitted the firms to file an amended complaint.
This week, she tossed the third of three counts, and part of the second count, agreeing with the county’s argument that the suit was been made moot when county commissioners, on April 19, set rules for Uber and Lyft and similar app-based ride operations that those firms have said guarantee they will operate safely.
Taxi and limo firms have said the rules give the app-based ride services an unfair advantage and don’t go far enough to protect the public.
Rosenberg wrote Wednesday that the firms may continue to pursue damages for the year and a half that the county had a temporary operating agreement with San Francisco-based Uber parent Rasier LLC. The judge also suggested to county lawyers that they convert their motion to dismiss the remaining claims, instead filing a motion for summary judgment.