Uber's Storm in Europe: From Court Case to Office Raids

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By Arjun Kharpal, CNBC

It's a pretty tough week to be Uber in Europe.

The ride-hailing app's offices in Amsterdam were raided by the Dutch authorities, two of its top executives are in court in Paris on Tuesday and proposals that Uber is unhappy about are set to be published on Wednesday by London's transport rule-setting body.

Here's a roundup of the storm the company –- now worth $50 billion –- is facing.

Dutch office raids

Dutch police raided Uber's office in Amsterdam on Tuesday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation, the public prosecutor said.

Uber has been accused of violating the country's taxi laws with its UberPOP service. The service allows untrained drivers and those without a taxi license to offer trips at a cheaper rate. It is different from Uber's regular service and was banned in the Netherlands in December.

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The law banning UberPOP is under review and a new piece of legislation expected by the end of 2016.

In the meantime, Uber has decided to launch legal proceedings against the Dutch taxi law.

"Naturally we dispute the allegations, as the legal status of uberPOP continues to be debated in court and the underlying law is under legislative review," an Uber spokesperson said in a statement.

French court case

Uber has a short and troubled history in France. Two senior Uber executives are set to stand trial on Wednesday in Paris on charges of "misleading commercial practices" and "complicity in the illegal exercise of the taxi profession."

Thibaud Simphal, head of the company's French operations, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber's general manager in western Europe, will appear in the Paris Correctional Court.The pair could face two years in jail.

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The trial relates, once again, to the company's UberPOP service. Earlier this year, Francois Hollande's Socialist government passed a law effectively banning UberPOP. The service was suspended and remains unavailable.

A spokesperson for Uber said the company would not be commenting o the court case while proceedings are ongoing.

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London petition

Uber has gone on the offensive in London, petitioning users to sign against new rules proposed by the U.K. capital's transport authorities that could hit the service hard.

Transport for London (TfL)'s proposals include forcing drivers to work for only one cab company at a time and making it obligatory for taxi operators to allow users to pre-book up to seven days in advance. Also, the proposals include a rule that would create a mandatory five-minute wait time between ordering a cab and it arriving.

Uber currently does not offer an advanced booking service and many of its drivers work for several companies.

"If adopted, they (the rules) will mean an end to the Uber you know and love today," Uber wrote in an email to London-based users of its app. "And the proposed rules threaten drivers' livelihoods by forcing them to drive for just one operator. These rules make no sense."

Uber's low prices have caused a stir among London's black cab drivers who have held numerous protests in the capital causing big disruptions over the last few months.