The Osaka High Court issues an injunction preventing a taxi company from physically blocking independent taxi drivers lining up and acquiring customers at taxi stands outside two stations and awarded damages to the independent taxi drivers (Drivers / Shintetsu)

I. Introduction On 31 October 2014, the Osaka High Court (“Court”) found that Shintetsu engaged in an unfair trade practice in violation of the AMA by physically preventing the Drivers from seeking and acquiring customers at taxicab stands outside two Kobe Electric Railway Co., Ltd’s stations (“Stations”). Shintetsu is a subsidiary of Kobe Electric Railway Co., Ltd. The Court issued an injunction preventing Shintetsu from such acts and also awarded nominal damages for loss of operating profits of the Drivers. II. Competition between parties The Court found that there are considerable numbers of potential customers outside the Stations including those who get off the train there and that the taxicab stands outside the Stations were the only areas where taxis could wait and pick up

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  • McDermott Will & Emery (Brussels)
  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)
  • Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo)

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Wilko Van Weert, Shigeyoshi Ezaki, Naoko Takasaki, The Osaka High Court issues an injunction preventing a taxi company from physically blocking independent taxi drivers lining up and acquiring customers at taxi stands outside two stations and awarded damages to the independent taxi drivers (Drivers / Shintetsu), 1 October 2014, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2014, Art. N° 73501

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