In Uber fight, Georgia court stomps taxi drivers’ bid for government money

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In Uber fight, Georgia court stomps taxi drivers’ bid for government money

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MATT KEMPNER
Mohamed Hussein, an Atlanta taxi driver who has an economics degree, said he spent $53,000 ona taxi “medallion” that might only be worth about $10,000 now, due to the rise of ride-share services and the city’s approach to regulation. MATT KEMPNER / AJC

Atlanta taxi drivers, battered by Uber and Lyft, sued to get Georgia to compensate them for what they contended was a government “taking.” 

A Georgia Supreme Court ruling this week tossed that attempt. The justices were unanimous.

The taxi drivers wanted to get paid for the diminished value of city-issued taxi medallions. But the high court’s decision signals a bigger risk for those who think they can rely on government protections to limit new business rivals.

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