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Appeals Court rejects challenge to Mpls. cab rule

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court has turned back a challenge against a move by the city of Minneapolis to put more taxis on the streets.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by drivers of Minneapolis’ largest cab companies challenging the city’s decision to issue more taxi licenses.

Under the new rules, a taxi driver pays just $475 for a license. The Minneapolis Taxi Owners Coalition had said most of its drivers bought transferable licenses for as much as $25,000 and deserved compensation.

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Scott Bullock, an attorney at the Institute for Justice, argued the case on behalf of smaller cab operators who supported the change. He says the decision is a victory for consumers and taxi entrepreneurs.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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