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Lyft Launch Uncertain as State Files Restraining Order

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The new app-based car service Lyft is expected to launch in the city tonight despite a new restraining order.

The state Attorney General's office filed the paperwork for the order against the San Francisco-based company in State Supreme Court today.

State officials say Lyft, which was set to launch tonight in Brooklyn and Queens, violates insurance law.

The company employs everyday New Yorkers in their personal cars, which are not licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

Lyft has defended its safety and insurance procedures.

In a statement responding to the restraining order, the company said, "We always seek to work collaboratively with leaders in the interests of public safety and the community, as we've done successfully in cities and states across the country, and hope to find a path forward for ridesharing in New York."

It is unclear whether Lyft will proceed with tonight's launch as originally planned.

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