A hearing in the court case between the City of Toronto and Uber has been pushed back until next month, after a judge decided Monday to give both sides additional time to file evidence.
The city filed a legal action against the ride-sharing company late last year, alleging that the company is operating illegally and should be forced to shut down its operations in Toronto. The case was originally set to be heard in the Ontario Superior Court next week. But as a result of Monday's decision, the case will now be pushed back by two weeks until June 1 – a decision that will have ripple effects at Toronto City Hall.
Exactly who asked for the adjournment is unclear. According to a source at Uber, the judge decided to push back the court date in order to give the city time to file additional arguments, and Uber time to review and respond to those arguments.
But, according to a statement from Toronto's director of licensing, Tracey Cook, it was Uber that asked for the adjournment "to permit the parties time to file additional written materials."
Despite the city's opposition to this request, Ms. Cook's statement said, the judge decided to move the hearing to June "to ensure that the judge who ultimately hears this application has the benefit of further written submissions from the parties."
When asked for an interview on Monday, Ms. Cook declined to comment.
The court case has been closely watched by members of city council – in particular, Mayor John Tory, who just last week deferred a decision on taxi licensing until after the Uber court ruling, citing the need for ride-sharing technologies to be part of such discussions.
Monday's decision to push back a court decision on Uber will probably mean that taxi-licensing debate will be pushed back as well.
Susie Heath, a spokeswoman for Uber, declined to comment on the latest developments Monday, citing company policy not to comment on matters before the courts. "While we do not comment on matters before the court," Ms. Heath said, "I can tell you that we continue to believe that the best right path forward for riders and drivers is through regulation for ride-sharing rather than litigation."