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Lurker the Second
16-07-2005, 12:51:56
From the Guardian:

Bus firm takes car sharers to court

Kim Willsher in Paris
Monday July 11, 2005
The Guardian

They might have been congratulated for their "green" efforts in an area of heavy air pollution.

Instead a group of French cleaning ladies who organised a car-sharing scheme to get to work are being taken to court by a coach company which accuses them of "an act of unfair and parasitical competition".

The women, who live in Moselle and work five days a week at EU offices in Luxembourg, are being taken to court by Transports Schiocchet Excursions, which runs a service along the route. It wants the women to be fined and their cars confiscated.

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Two years ago a business tribunal threw out the company's case. It is now pursuing the women in a higher court, claiming that their action has cost it €2m (£1.4m).

The women explained that for many years cleaners used the TSE line for the 40-minute ride across the border, which cost them €110 (£76) a month.

"Using our cars is quicker and at least twice as cheap. And on the bus we didn't have the right to eat or even to speak," said Martine Bourguignon. Odette Friedmann added: "In the evening instead of coming to get us at 9.30pm the bus would arrive at 10.30pm. If you made any comment to the driver you'd get a mouthful of abuse."

"It's absurd and ridiculous," said the women's lawyer, Cécile Klein-Schmitt. "I don't see how any magistrate can find any legal basis for this case."

TSE is also suing the women's employer, Onet-Luxembourg. "They've basically accused us of inciting the car-sharing scheme when we have nothing to do with the method of transport used by our staff," said director Frédéric Sirerol.

The court case will be heard in January next year.

Dyl Ulenspiegel
16-07-2005, 12:59:24
Well, you can sue about any retarded crap you like here too - just that it will get thrown out, not rewarded with a few million $.... :p

I remember a similarly silly case where a construction company tried to get authorities to clamp down on neighbours helping each other in building their houses.

16-07-2005, 13:32:19
Ah, Moselle!

16-07-2005, 13:32:50
Like in: Made in Moselle

16-07-2005, 19:23:28
I honestly feel that people who file junk law suits should be fined by the court for wasting the courts time.

Provost Harrison
16-07-2005, 21:18:30
I bet the people of that town are going to be utterly livid:

Mad Moselle! :D

18-07-2005, 10:53:48
At least Lurker isn't part of the French legal system...

18-07-2005, 12:58:13
whats next, bus and taxi companies suing each other for stealing customers?

18-07-2005, 13:02:01
If I start riding my bike from the station to work do you think London Underground will take legal action?

18-07-2005, 13:06:00
only if you've got someone else using the bike the rest of the week, or you persuade someone else to do the same