The city of Milwaukee’s lawsuit against the electric scooter-sharing business that began operating in Milwaukee about two weeks ago has been moved to a federal court.
Attorneys for Bird Rides Inc. elected to move the suit to a federal court on Thursday, July 12, according to Milwaukee County documents, the day before the Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup was to appear at an injunction hearing at the Milwaukee County Court. The hearing was for a motion the city filed against Bird, ordering the company to remove its motorized scooters from public streets and sidewalks and cease its rental business in the city.
The case will now be tried in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, said Milwaukee deputy city attorney Adam Stephens. A date for the case has yet to be decided, he said.
On July 6, the Milwaukee City Attorney’s office filed a lawsuit versus Bird Rides Inc. and its founder, Travis Vanderzanden, alleging Bird broke state law whenever it rented out one of its unregistered scooters in Milwaukee. The city’s lawsuit demands Bird remove all of its scooters, as many as 100, and pay $200 for every time the company consented to someone using its vehicles in Milwaukee since June 27. Read the full story here.