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.