Uber, the private driver-hailing app company that's run into legal trouble in Washington, D.C., NYC, and Chicago has now been slapped with a class-action lawsuit on its home turf: San Francisco, Betabeat reports. Uber is being sued by taxicab drivers under San Francisco's Transporation Code, who claim that Uber unlawfully partners with "unauthorized and unpermitted drivers" and that its business model "is built upon deceiving the public, ignoring public safety regulations, circumventing legally established rates and pricing models, dodging taxes and fees imposed on other public transportation providers, and shifting all the risks and liability to others."
Update 3:40 p.m. EST: Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has responded to the lawsuit with the following statement to The Next Web:
In just over two years, Uber has provided a convenient, popular transportation option to tens of thousands of San Franciscans and a new source of income to thousands of drivers and their families. Uber complies with all laws and regulations applicable to its business. Any claim to the contrary is baseless and motivated by those who seek to deprive the public of this safe and convenient transportation option. Uber would rather compete for business on the streets of San Francisco than in the courtroom, but Uber will defend these claims in court and is confident of the outcome.
Sounds like Uber isn't backing down, for now.