The European Union’s top court has said that France has the right to bring criminal charges against Uber for operating an illegal taxi service.
French authorities brought a criminal case against the transportation service for infringing a law that requires any vehicle used in carrying passengers for a fee must be licensed and have the necessary insurance.
Uber argued that it is a digital platform and acted to connect independent drivers with passengers.
The ruling is yet another legal blow to Uber as it attempts to expand services in Europe.
The San Francisco based company is facing an avalanche of legal challenges across the globe.
France is now legally allowed to ban certain types of transportation services it considers illegal, such as UberPop without having to pre-warn the European Commission.