Uber defends ridesharing business in court, petitions lawmakers as regulators seek a shut down

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Ridesharing company Uber is due in court to defend its business model in the Las Vegas area as Nevada regulators attempt to shut it down.

The company is scheduled to appear Wednesday in front of a Clark County District Court judge.

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The Nevada Transportation Authority wants the court to block the company from offering rides in the state through its smartphone app.

Two judges in northern Nevada have already ordered the company to stop.

The state has impounded at least 15 cars driven by Uber drivers.

Uber has been defiant since launching its service last Friday and has continued to offer rides.

This week it sent petitions to its Nevada customers urging them to contact the state attorney general and Governor Brian Sandoval to rally support for the company.