Uber CEO to Stand Trial in Korea

  • By Shin Su-ji

    June 29, 2016 11:12

    The American CEO of Uber has said he will appear before the Seoul Central District Court this week.

    Travis Kalanick was indicted in December 2014 for operating an illegal taxi service here.

    Travis Kalanick

    Uber was launched in Korea in 2013, only to face fierce resistance from local taxi operators, who accused the app-based ride-sharing service of operating an illegal racket.

    The Seoul Metropolitan Government put up a W1 million reward for people who report Uber drivers and ask prosecutors to indict the company (US$1=W1,174).

    The business model is so new that it has run into trouble in several countries because they have no laws covering the Internet-borne sharing economy and often overreact.

    The Seoul court sought the cooperation of U.S. authorities to deliver Kalanick's summons, but they refused because Uber is legal in the U.S.

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