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Judge freezes assets of Boston’s taxi king

Says drivers likely to win suit seeking more wages

A state judge froze the assets of Boston’s largest taxi fleet owner Thursday, ruling that cabdrivers have a “reasonable likelihood” of winning a class-action lawsuit that accuses Edward J. Tutunjian and smaller fleet owners of wrongly treating cabbies as independent contractors instead of as employees, costing drivers hundreds of millions in unpaid wages.

The ruling, which could foreshadow a transformation of the city’s billion-dollar taxi industry, came after Suffolk Superior Court Judge Linda E. Giles said at a hearing Tuesday that the court may well decide the suit for the drivers on summary judgment, making a trial unnecessary.

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