Court issues injunction stopping ridesharing service Uber in Germany, follows ban in Berlin

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A court has issued an injunction barring ridesharing service Uber from operating in Germany, the latest shot in a fight with the country's taxi drivers.

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The state court in Frankfurt ruled that Uber can't offer its services without a specific permit under German transport laws, news agency dpa and the plaintiff reported Tuesday. The injunction applies pending a full hearing of a suit brought against Uber by a German group that offers a taxi-ordering app.

The ruling comes after Berlin authorities last month barred Uber from operating in the capital because of safety concerns.

Their arguments were in line with those of established cab companies which claim Uber's app-based services, which offer limousines and pickups by private drivers, dodge rules that ordinary taxi firms have to abide by.