In this week’s article, we discuss the case of Wallen v. St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, 2016 WL 5846825 (E.D. Mo. 2016), an antitrust action “alleging violations of the Sherman Act…by Defendants in (their) attempt to prohibit Uber and those using the uberX product from operating in the City and County of St. Louis, Missouri.
Plaintiffs claim that riders, drivers and Uber, a Transportation Network Company (TNC) are prohibited by the actions of Defendants from competing in the St. Louis market for-hire transportation. Plaintiffs claim to bring this antitrust action to put an end to the anticompetitive conduct of Defendant MTC (Metropolitan Taxicab Commission of Metropolitan St. Louis) and several of its commissioners…many of whom are active market participants in the very market that the MTC regulates’.