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Ottawa Taxi court proceedings enter second day with more English testimony expected

The Taxi industry class action suit against the City of Ottawa proceeded on January 4th with Metro Taxi co-owner Marc Andre Way providing most of his testimony in French. However, it is expected that a larger proportion of his testimony on Janaury 5th will be in English.

Members of Ottawa’s taxi industry launched the $215 million class-action lawsuit in April 2016, alleging the city did not protect drivers and the industry when ride-sharing services hit city streets. The suit also claims the city discriminated against minority taxi plate holders by failing to enforce its own bylaw and changing the bylaw to allow private transportation companies.

The lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit are Metro Taxi Ltd., co-owner Marc Andre Way and Iskhak Mail, with the lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of taxi plate owners and brokers.