NY attorney general sues to stop ride-sharing Lyft

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the company operates

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the company operates "in open defiance" of state and local licensing and insurance laws.

ALBANY, N.Y. - (AP) -- New York's attorney general has sued to block Lyft, the on-demand ride-sharing app, from operating in New York.

The lawsuit was filed Friday, hours before San Francisco-based Lyft planned to enter the New York City market. The suit says the company actually operates as a traditional for-hire livery service using mobile technology, not a peer-to-peer transportation platform as claimed.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the company operates "in open defiance" of state and local licensing and insurance laws. He seeks a court order to stop its New York service until the suit is resolved, plus a civil penalty and loss of profits.

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The suit says Lyft began operating in Buffalo and Rochester without authorizations in April and currently violates various laws.

A call to the company's attorney wasn't initially returned.

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