State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky are seeking a temporary restraining order against Lyft, a ridesharing service that state insurance officials have found to be illegal.

The court documents, filed today in state Supreme Court, charge Lyft came to the state “and set up shop while defying every law passed whose very purpose it is to protect the People of New York.”

Lyft operates as a service that allows riders to search for rides via a cell phone app that connects them to drivers using personal cars. Riders pay a rate based on time and distance.

The service began operating in Buffalo in April and had planned to begin service in New York City this evening.

The effort to seek the injunction comes as taxi and livery concerns have sought to make Lyft and other services like it operate under similar regulations to their drivers.

SandC by Nick Reisman