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Brazil: Agency to offer pro-competition view on any Uber lawsuits

 |  July 15, 2015

Brazil’s antitrust watchdog Cade has offered to weigh in on court challenges to laws banning ride-sharing service Uber, arguing for the advantages of increased competition, the agency’s top official said on Wednesday.

Cade’s president, Vinicius de Carvalho, told Reuters the agency is prepared to file an “amicus curiae,” or “friend of the court,” brief on any case considering the constitutionality of banning services such as Uber.

“Cade understands that these services come about to increase competition and will generally benefit the consumer,” he said.

“You can’t discuss regulation (of Uber) without addressing taxi licensing. Does it make sense to have a limited number of taxi licenses? Cade is tired of seeing cases where people set a table of prices and create barriers to entry based on arguments about guaranteeing quality,” added Carvalho.

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