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To Pay or Not to Pay?: $50 Million Lawsuit Says Yes - What Say You?

Take our Patch Poll about the City of Stone Mountain which faces a $50 million class action lawsuit claiming illegal use of speed detection devices.

Earlier this month, over the police department's use of its speed detection devices.

The lawsuit claims the devices' certification was expired over a three-month period from the end of December 2011 to around the end of March 2012, and the plaintiffs want, among other things, the city to "be held accountable for any pain, suffering and loss wages, loss of real and personal property, out of pocket costs, false imprisonment and expenses," and "return all unlawful gains acquired" during those months.

The suit claims that the city "continued to prosecute Georgia citizens, collecting fines and fees of over $100,000" after it knew about the expired devices.

City manager Barry Amos and chief of police Chancey Troutman told Patch last week they had no comment on the matter; both the city attorney and Amos said the municipality's insurance carrier is handling the case.

Patch wants to know: do you agree with the plaintiffs? Should the city pay back the money it collected during those three months? Should the plaintiffs be compensated? Take our polls below and share your thoughts in the comments.

Pamela August 30, 2012 at 05:13 PM
All they did was let their license expire for 90 days. According to what I've been able to find out, the Stone Mountain PD issued roughly $100,000 in tickets during that time period. So the lawsuit is for what, reimbursing that $100k and then an additional 49 million-plus dollars for pain and suffering? Riiiight. Nothing more than another group of litigation-happy people who want a lot of something for nothing.
Micah Scott August 30, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I believe Stone Mountain should return the money collected for fines directly linked to tickets written using the aid of speed detection devices. Its embarassing for a city to let their certification expire for a 3 month period. Stone Mountain needs to make this right!

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