Germany Bans Uber

    The location of the "Autobot Optimus Prime" truck from the movie "Transformers: Age of Extinction" is displayed on the Uber App in West Hollywood, California June 21, 2014. Paramount Pictures and Western Star Trucks partnered with Uber, an app that connects drivers to riders, for an "Uber Transformers" ride experience ahead of the release of "Transformers: Age of Extinction" in the U.S. on June 27.  REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT TRANSPORT BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY) - RTR3V1YV

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    A Frankfurt court has banned ridesharing service Uber from Germany, saying it lacks the needed legal permits to operate within the country. However, Uber has no intention of leaving Deutschland, claiming the ban is unenforceable. “You cannot put the brakes on progress. Uber will continue its operations throughout Germany,” said an Uber spokesman. However, Uber may be taking a major risk with this move. Taxi Deutschland, which is suing the San Francisco-based company, said Uber could incur a fine as high as €250,000 ($327,840) for each trip if it loses the case. Many taxi drivers in Europe and the U.S. have not taken warmly to Uber, which often undercuts certified city car services without having to follow local permit and regulation laws for cab drivers. Taxi drivers have protested Uber in a number of cities, including London, Berlin, and Washington, D.C. 

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