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Judge denies Uber's request to legally operate in St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

ST. LOUIS (AP and KMOV.com) -- A judge denied a temporary restraining order that would have allowed Uber to operate legally in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.

Uber said Friday it is launching its ride-hailing service in the St. Louis market and suing the city's taxicab regulators in federal court for having tried to block the competition. 

Uber's antitrust lawsuit Friday came the same day the regulatory St. Louis Metropolitan Taxicab Commission voted 7-1 to allow Uber service with the caveat that drivers be fingerprinted as part of criminal background checks. Uber has called that unnecessary, saying its vetting is sufficient. 

San Francisco-based Uber's lawsuit sought a temporary restraining order allowing it to operate without any commission intrusion for two weeks, but a judge denied Uber's request.

Uber and rival Lyft let people use smartphone apps to book and pay for a private car service. But traditional cab drivers have complained that such services dramatically have cut into their ability to earn a living.

However, other issues in the lawsuit remain unresolved and may not be decided upon for a few weeks. Uber has not said if it will stay in operation in violation of the judge's order.

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