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Uber in landmark court battle on Tuesday to escape strict rules

BRUSSELS: Uber will seek to convince Europe's top court next week that it is a digital service, not a transport company, in a case that could determine whether app-based startups should be exempt from strict laws meant for regular companies. The European Commission is trying to boost e-commerce, a sector where the EU lags behind Asia and the United States, to drive economic growth and create jobs. The US taxi app, which launched in Europe five years ago, has faced fierce opposition from regular taxi companies and some…