Peer-to-peer car-sharing marketplace Turo has filed a lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles Airport in a preemptive strike aimed at defending the ability of its users to rent out their personal cars at Los Angeles International Airport.
Turo filed the lawsuit Thursday in the U.S. Central District Court of California in Los Angeles. Los Angeles city officials have yet to respond to request for comment on the lawsuit. We’ll update the story once the city responds.
Turo contends in its lawsuit that LAX has misclassified its peer-to-peer car sharing platform as a rental car company. Turo argues that California’s car-sharing law is clear and notes that it doesn’t own of operate a fleet of vehicles or use the airport’s facilities that traditional rental car companies do.
“Due to this misclassification, the airport expects Turo to obtain a rental car company permit and expects our community to pay anti-competitive fees whenever they choose to…