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County moves to block Uber

Palm Beach County is joining the growing list of governments across the United States and Europe in the fight against the popular ride-booking service Uber.

Citing public safety concerns, the County Commission agreed Tuesday to ask a judge to order Uber and other technology-based companies to stop operating in the county unless they comply in the next 10 days with a local law regulating taxis and limousines.

Palm Beach County Attorney Denise Nieman plans to send Uber a “cease and desist” letter today. If Uber fails to respond in 10 days, the county will file an injunction asking the courts to intervene.

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Lawyer to Watch in 2015: Laurie Thompson

“In order to effectively create good public policy, I needed a law degree,” said business attorney Laurie Thompson. Immediately after she left the Reagan White House, Thompson enrolled in law school. Thompson’s career has evolved. “I first started practicing at a large firm represent- ing Fortune 500 companies in class action anti-trust lawsuits” she said. After leaving big law, she represented primarily credi- tors. However, “those cases were rather easy to win,” Thompson said, so seeing the opportunity to challenge herself, she moved to the other side of the table.

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