Leonardo Gonzalez-Tzita, et al. v. City of Los Angeles, et al.
Gonzalez-Tzita v. City of Los Angeles
Case No. 2:16-cv-194 FMO (Ex)

Welcome to the Gonzalez-Tzita v. City of Los Angeles Settlement Website

Important Update:

The Final Approval Hearing was held on August 20, 2020, and the Court issued the Order re: Final Approval of Class Action Settlement on August 25, 2020.

What is this lawsuit about?

On January 11, 2016, a class action lawsuit seeking money damages was filed in the United States District Court, Central District of California. The lawsuit claims that City of Los Angeles personnel violated persons’ civil rights by seizing and impounding vehicles under the authority of Cal. Veh. Code § 21100.4. The lawsuit claims that the City seized the vehicles because the vehicle was supposedly being operated in the City as an unlawful “bandit taxi.” The Court has certified the case as a class action. The parties have reached a proposed settlement. If the proposed Settlement of $1,700,000.00 receives final court approval, Class Members are eligible to receive money.

Am I a Member of this Class?

A Class Member is someone who (1) had his or her vehicle towed and impounded by the City of Los Angeles any time between January 11, 2014, through February 15, 2017, under the authority of Cal. Veh. Code § 21100.4 (in connection with the vehicle’s driver being accused of operating a “bandit taxi”), and (2) had to pay money to have his or her vehicle released from impound.

There are about 1,477 Class Members, or persons whose vehicles the City allegedly unlawfully impounded.


Your Legal Rights and Options


Do Nothing and Receive Money
If you do nothing, a check will be mailed to you at the address to which the Class Notice was mailed. Your rights will also be affected. You will be bound by the terms of the Settlement and you will be agreeing to a release of the claims that are contained in the Settlement.
Exclude Yourself
March 17, 2020 (Postmarked)
If you exclude yourself, or "opt out," it means you do not want money from this settlement. You may file your own lawsuit, or be part of a different lawsuit against the City raising the claims involved in this lawsuit.
March 17, 2020 (Postmarked)
If you do not like any part of the Settlement or the request for attorneys' fees, you may give the reason why you think that the Court should not approve the Settlement or the requested attorneys’ fees.

For More Information

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Gonzalez-Tzita v. City of Los Angeles
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91208
Seattle, WA 98111