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Uber goes to Supreme Court in records dispute

A subsidiary of Uber Technologies is disputing a court ruling that it disclose certain information not considered to be a trade secret, such as numbers of pickups and money paid to Broward County as a usage fee.
Published Mar. 28, 2018

A subsidiary of Uber Technologies has gone to the Florida Supreme Court in a dispute about whether Broward County needs to release records about the number of passengers picked up by Uber drivers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The subsidiary, Rasier-DC, LLC, filed a notice last week that it was appealing a January ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal, according to information posted Wednesday on the Supreme Court website.

As is common, the Uber subsidiary did not detail its arguments in the notice. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruling came after a company that operates Yellow Cab in the area filed a public-records lawsuit requesting records submitted by the Uber subsidiary to the county as part of a licensing agreement.

A panel of the appeals court upheld a circuit judge's ruling that part of the information is not covered by trade-secret protections and should be public. That information includes numbers of pickups and money paid to the county as a usage fee.

"In short, the total number of pickups and the fees paid to Broward County do not meet the definition of trade secrets under (parts of state law)," the appeals-court ruling said. "Nothing indicates the fees or total pickups provide an advantage to Yellow Cab or that Uber derives independent economic value from keeping that information secret."

The appeals court on March 1 turned down a request for a rehearing.