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Our Lawsuit Moves Up to Federal Court

The lawsuit filed by the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association late Tuesday, November 5 has been moved up to federal court by the city. The city is also seeking to consolidate our case with another pending lawsuit challenging the regulations. We are going to evaluate this issue. Once we learn more, we will let you know—we expect to hear from the federal court shortly for scheduling. Read the complaint. Read the preliminary injunction.

In the meantime, if your taxi has been recently towed or impounded, or if you have been issued any fines over the regulations, please call Joel at 240-286-6185 or Greg at (202) 359-9634. We are interested in hearing from drivers who have had to deal with hardships and unfair treatment.

Also, the Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association released a statement today regarding an offensive statement made to the media by Mayor Vincent Gray’s spokesman:

“District taxi drivers are calling on Mayor Vincent Gray to publicly apologize for the shameful and callous comment made by his spokesman yesterday in an online Washingtonian article about a lawsuit filed by the Teamster-affiliated Washington, D.C. Taxi Operators Association.

“Gray’s spokesman insulted every driver in the city with his remark that ‘we barely have a third-world taxicab system in this city.’

Remember to make your voices heard at 9 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, immediately prior to the D.C. Taxicab Commission meeting, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th St. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. After the rally, we will then attend the Commission meeting.

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