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Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland

Uber temporarily suspends service in Portland

The move comes following a lawsuit from the city against Uber

Uber is suspending its service in Portland, Oregon, for the next three months while city regulators there work to reframe local laws around taxis and car hailing apps.

"We are pausing pick-ups within Portland city limits for three months," an Uber spokeswoman said Thursday via email. The company will continue operating in the larger Portland metro area, she said, which includes Beaverton and Hillsboro. Drop-offs from those areas would continue in Portland, she said.

Pick-ups in Portland will continue through this Sunday evening, she said, which Uber also detailed in a blog post.

The development comes just days after a lawsuit from the city of Portland against Uber, which ordered it to halt its service because it did not have the permits to operate there legally.

"Uber is dedicated to curating and continuing a valuable and constructive relationship with Portland's lawmakers, working to create a regulatory framework that works for everyone, not just us," the company said.

A spokesman for Portland Mayor Charlie Hales did not immediately respond to comment.

Zach Miners covers social networking, search and general technology news for IDG News Service. Follow Zach on Twitter at @zachminers. Zach's e-mail address is zach_miners@idg.com

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