Uber has been an active presence in courts all over Europe, and faced bans in Netherlands, France, Romania, Bulgaria, and Italy. Many other countries are still investigating Uber and decisions are yet to be made.
In the wake of those struggles the French criminal court has finally come up with a decision – Uber has to pay a 800,000 fine, half of it as a suspended sentence.
Two of its executives – Uber France CEO Thibaud Simphal and Uber Europe GM Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty – are also fined to pay 30,000 and 20,000 respectively. Half of those penalties are suspended, too.
UberPop has ceased operation since July 2015, but it has already broken enough French laws to be prosecuted in court and eventually convicted.
The French court and government went after Uber not only because of its illegal operations but also because it tried to obstruct the investigation by hiding documents from the police.
Uber is still progressing handsomely as it has taken a $3.5 billion investment from Saudi Arabia, but it has to change a lot to operate in Europe and coexist with local laws.