Georgia drivers claim parking operators illegally immobilize vehicles

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Oct 27, 2017

ATLANTA (Legal Newsline) — Georgia citizens have filed a class action lawsuit against Castle Parking Solutions LLC and Beacon Management Services LLC, alleging that they immobilized vehicles in violation of city statutes.

Donald Carl Bankhead and Keith Thompson, individually and on behalf of a class of people similarly situated, filed a complaint on Oct. 16 in the Fulton County State Court against the companies. They allege a violation of Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs allege that the defendants have a systematic process of disabling vehicles with boots and similar devices without first complying with Atlanta ordinances requiring certain signage at any location where vehicle immobilization occurs. The plaintiffs claim their vehicles were booted without legal authority and that the devices would not be removed until fines had been paid. 

The plaintiffs hold Castle Parking Solutions and Beacon Management Services responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to comply with the signage requirement of Atlanta Code of Ordinances prior to engaging in booting activities at locations throughout Atlanta, engaged in civil theft, false imprisonment and refused to return the property.

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment for compensatory and punitive damages, an order permanently enjoining the defendants from engaging in the unlawful practices, attorney fees, and further relief including equitable and injunctive relief that the court deems appropriate. They are represented by Michael L. Werner, Matthew Q, Wetherington and Robert N. Friedman of Werner Wetherington, PC in Atlanta.

Fulton County State Court Case number 1:17-cv-04085-WSD

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