The Fort Lauderdale attorneys at Kelley/Uustal are currently representing
1,400 people in a lawsuit against the Broward County Commission. The plaintiffs,
who hold certificates required to drive a taxi or other for-hire vehicle,
claim that changes in regulations making it easier for ride-share services
to operate legally throughout the county has resulted in a devaluation
of certificates that were once worth $150,000 or more.
The new ordinance voted into effect by the county, which created a “transportation
network company” category for app-based ride-hailing services, lifted
restrictions on the number of for-hire vehicles allowed to operate in
the county. According to the lawsuit, this has resulted in a violation
of the constitutional rights of the permit holders to just compensation,
equal protection, and due process of the law.
Robert Kelley, one of the founding partners of Kelley/Uustal, makes it clear that this
lawsuit is not against a particular ride-sharing service, but is aimed
at obtaining compensation for the county’s unconstitutional deprivation
of property rights to certificate holders. He points out that the passage
of the new ordinance has prevented a level playing field for all vehicles-for-hire
in Broward County, which has resulted in “devastating financial
The case will be represented by Attorney Robert Kelley and his colleagues,
Attorneys Cristina M. Pierson and Kimberly L. Wald. Please click here
to read more about this case in the
Daily Business Review.
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