Getting your car towed is a huge hassle. Being hijacked for excessive fees makes an already bad situation both intolerable and illegal. By filing this lawsuit, we hope to get peoples’ money back.
Minneapolis, Minnesota (PRWEB) December 21, 2011
On December 21, 2011, Plaintiff Wayne Spar filed a class action lawsuit in Hennepin County, alleging that Cedar Towing & Auction, Inc., violated a Minneapolis City Ordinance and, by doing so, collected more fees for its towing services than it was authorized by law to receive. Mr. Spar seeks to represent a class of all persons towed from private property in Minneapolis by Cedar Towing since 2008.
According to the Complaint filed by Nichols Kaster, Minneapolis caps the amount of fees that licensed towing companies may collect from vehicle owners. Cedar Towing, however, allegedly charges vehicle owners fees much higher than these caps. Unsuspecting owners are forced to pay these higher rates in order to retrieve their vehicles. Mr. Spar believes he was a victim of Cedar Towing’s overcharging and that others were victimized as well.
As Mr. Spar’s Attorney E. Michelle Drake explains, “Getting your car towed is a huge hassle. Being hijacked for excessive fees makes an already bad situation both intolerable and illegal. By filing this lawsuit, we hope to get peoples’ money back.”
Mr. Spar filed his civil lawsuit on the heels of a pending investigation into Cedar Towing by the Minneapolis Police Department. Last month, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Minneapolis police obtained a warrant and seized documents from the towing company as a result of a licensing investigation conducted earlier this fall. That investigation showed that Cedar Towing was charging fees in excess of those allowed by law. According to the Complaint, Mr. Spar hopes to recover these excessive payments for himself and for the putative class.
Plaintiffs are represented by E. Michelle Drake and Rebekah L. Bailey from Nichols Kaster, PLLP, which has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and San Francisco, California. The case is entitled Spar v. Cedar Towing & Auction, Inc. and is filed in Hennepin County District Court, Case No. 27-cv-11-24993.
Additional information about the case can be found at http://www.nka.com/cedartowing.