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How a certified class action affects post-Uber regulatory environment

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 @ 9:08 AM | By Margaret Robbins

When disruptive technology companies such as Uber entered the Canadian marketplace, municipalities bore the brunt of their regulatory disruption. Traditional industries, such as the taxi industry, looked to municipal governments to regulate these new companies in the traditional way — an approach that municipalities did not often take.

We are only now beginning to understand the potential legal implications of this moment in municipal regulatory history. In Metro Taxi Ltd. v. City of Ottawa 2018 ONSC 7468, Justice R.J. Smith certified a class action which specifically...