Judge tosses cabbie's lawsuit against Portland

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PORTLAND — Paul McDonough’s discrimination claim against the city and its regulations for taxi drivers at the Portland International Jetport was dismissed without a trial June 30 by U.S. District Court Judge Jon Levy.

Levy granted the city’s request for summary judgment on grounds McDonough lacked legal standing to bring the lawsuit.

McDonough claimed the system for cab drivers taking unreserved calls at the Jetport, approved by the City Council in 2008, discriminated against him and others because the permit holders were all immigrants and people of color.

The city argued the system was open to all taxi drivers who hold general city permits and made no reference to race or national origin.