Below is the first part of an article by Fox19 Digital Staff from fox19.com. It reads..
A Hamilton County judge has ordered the Village of Elmwood Place to pay back $1.8 million in speeding ticket fines and fees it collected from traffic cameras.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman said Thursday that the village would not have to refund the money until its appeal in a class action-status for thousands of ticketed drivers is resolved. He said the village is also liable for attorney fees.
Ruehlman ordered the village to stop camera use and confiscated the speed cameras last year.
According to court documents, from September 12, 2012 through March 7, 2013, Elmwood Place has issued approximately 20,000 notices of liability under its Automated Speed Enforcement Program. Elmwood has collected more than $1.75 million in penalties and other fees through the program.
“This case screams out for class actions status” Mike Allen told FOX19 in October 2012. Allen is representing cited drivers. “We have by our estimates seven to ten thousand potential plaintiffs. They can’t go and litigate these cases individually.”
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