No Answer on Lyft in St. Louis Until August 2015. Yes, 2015.
What was supposed to be a quick trial over a restraining order has grown into a larger case after the ride-share app Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission agreed to delay their court case until August 2015.
Lyft Lyft says its working with city leaders to bring its services to St. Louis.
Judge Joan Moriarty already issued a preliminary injunction against Lyft earlier this week barring the company from operating in St. Louis.
Lyft released this statement:
Thousands of St. Louis residents have voiced strong support for Lyft as a safe, affordable and convenient transportation option. Lyft's peer-to-peer model does not legally fall under regulations for taxis or limos and the ruling earlier this month tries to force a new industry into a one-size-fits-all regulatory structure. People across the nation use Lyft to get to work, to the store and to connect with members of their community every single day. We'll continue to work with city leaders toward giving St.Louis residents the same opportunity.
Moriarty scheduled the hearing to decide on a permanent injunction for next month, but both Lyft and the MTC agreed to delay by a year, according to court records.
Here's the timeline that Lyft and the MTC have agreed to:
October 1: MTC will disclose its expert witnesses.
November 3: MTC's expert witnesses will give testimony by deposition
December 1: Lyft will disclose its expert witnesses.
January 12, 2015: Lyft's expert witnesses will give testimony by deposition.
And after eight more months of legal maneuvering, MTC and Lyft are scheduled to meet in the courtroom for a trial on August 24, 2015.
Lyft is trying to modify the protective order against them in the meantime, according to court records.