April 7, 2017 / 4:45 PM / 7 months ago

Italy court blocks Uber services in Italy, citing unfair competition

ROME (Reuters) - A court blocked the use of smart phone apps for Uber cars UBER.UL in Italy on Friday, ruling that they constituted unfair competition.

FILE PHOTO: The Uber app logo is seen on a mobile telephone in this October 28, 2016 photo illustration. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Illustration/File Photo

The court said Uber could not use its Black, Lux, Suv, X , XL, Select and Van phone applications nor could it promote or advertise its services in Italy, a court document showed.

The court ruled in favour of a suit filed by Italy’s major traditional taxi associations.

Uber’s Italy unit said in a statement they were “shocked” by the decision and that they would appeal.

Reporting by Giulia Segreti, editing by Philip Pullella

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