Posts Tagged ‘parking ticket class action’

Trial lawyers everywhere are saying a collective “I told you so” to a tort reformer who has filed a would-be class action against the City of Sacramento for its practices in towing cars parked in no-parking zones.  For more details on the story, see this entry in the Los Angeles Times’ L.A. Now Blog.

The plaintiff, Fred Heistand, is general counsel for the Civil Justice Association of California, an organization that, according to its website,

works to reduce the excessive and unwarranted litigation that increases business and government expenses, discourages innovation, and drives up the cost of goods and services for all Californians

Evidently to counterbalance the societal costs generated by his own suit, Mr. Heistand reportedly has pledged to donate any award of attorney’s fees obtained in the suit to the CJAC.

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While we here in the U.S. continue to litigate class actions over snake oil products and 75 cent charges on our cell phone bills, Canadian class action lawyers have been finding ingenious ways to use class actions to effectuate real social change.  The latest example, according to FP Legal Post,  is a class action filed in B.C. against the University of Victoria on behalf of people who got parking fines after getting booted or towed on university grounds.  The complaint alleges that the University had no legal authority to impose the fines.  This latest suit comes on the heels of a class action filed on behalf of Manitoba drivers who got speeding tickets near construction zones.



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