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EU's top court rules that Uber is a transportation company

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On Wednesday, the European Union's highest court ruled that Uber is a transportation service and not a technology company, in line with a court advisor's recommendation in May. The ruling stems from a lawsuit filed by a Spanish taxi association.

What it means: The EU's member countries now have more clarity and authority to regulate Uber as a transportation company (more strictly than as a tech service), though many already do so. As a technology company, Uber would have been protected by EU law from certain restrictions by individual countries, and would have required them to notify the commission of any new regulations.