What happens in Vegas apparently doesn’t stay in Vegas.
Uber, the taxi-hailing app, continued its recent string of bad news this week when it a Nevada judge ordered it to stop doing business in Sin City — and the rest of the state.
So apparently prostitution, legal in the Silver State, is OK, but Uber is way too risky.
Uber, rather than keep taking rides while appealing the Washoe County District Court judge’s ruling, late Wednesday pulled the plug on its Nevada operations.
“On the eve of Thanksgiving — when Nevadans should be celebrating with family, many are now worried about how they’re going to pay their bills,” Uber said, referring to its 1,000 drivers in the state.
Uber said it will fight the ban and has already collected more than 18,000 signatures on a petition to demand its re-entry into the Silver State.
The Nevada ruling comes 48 hours after Uber — and rival Lyft — were banned from picking up passengers at the Louisville (Ky.) Airport.
One week earlier, Uber and its CEO Travis Kalanick got into hot water when it was learned a high-ranking company executive, at a private dinner, suggested the company combat negative treatment in the media by hiring journalists and other to dig up dirt on the reporters writing the critical news reports.
The company is also facing a possible ban in France over regulatory concerns. A court ruling on the matter is scheduled for mid-December.
Its string of bad luck has yet to hinder Uber’s skyrocketing valuation, however. The company is on track to raise another round of funding that could value it at $40 billion, more than double its current $17 billion valuation, according to Bloomberg News. [Reuters]