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Case Name Lampkin v. City of Jennings CJ-MO-0011
Docket / Court 14SL-CC04207 ( State Court )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Special Collection Fines/Fees/Bail Reform (Criminalization of poverty)
Attorney Organization ArchCity Defenders
Case Summary
On December 8, 2014, a Missouri resident filed this class action lawsuit against the City of Jennings in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, under state law. The plaintiff, represented by the Archcity Defenders, sought injunctive and monetary relief, arguing the City charged a fee for ... read more >
On December 8, 2014, a Missouri resident filed this class action lawsuit against the City of Jennings in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, under state law. The plaintiff, represented by the Archcity Defenders, sought injunctive and monetary relief, arguing the City charged a fee for each warrant issued through its municipal court, without authorization by Missouri law and in violation of a state statute that allegedly prohibited the charging of such fee. The plaintiff alleged he personally was charged a $50 fee on or about January 2009, for a warrant issued and later recalled through a municipal court, and that he paid the fee under the threat of losing the procedural right to be heard, being charged additional fees, and being incarcerated.

There is no information on what happened in the case between 2014 and 2016. On March 3, 2016, the court issued an order granting the plaintiff's motion for class certification. The certified class was defined as "All Missouri citizens who paid any Warrant Fee to the City of Jennings on or after December 8, 2009."

The parties entered into a settlement agreement on July 21, 2016. The City of Jennings agreed to create a settlement fund of $412,500.00 to pay (i) partial refunds to the class members, (ii) attorney fees of $137,500.00, and (iii) a compensation of $1,200.00 to the Class Representative. The City also agreed to review all fees charged by the municipal court within six months of final judgment and order approving the settlement, and to refrain from charging any warrant fee in the future unless authorized by state law.

On August 29, 2016, Judge Brian May approved the settlement and dismissed the case on the merits with prejudice. Each party paid its own costs and fees.

Daniele de Oliveira Nunes - 04/14/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Fines/Fees/Bail/Bond
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) City of Jennings
Plaintiff Description Missouri residents who paid warrant fees charged by the City of Jennings
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ArchCity Defenders
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2014 - 2021
Filing Year 2014
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Lampkin v. City of Jennings Warrant Fee Settlement
By: ArchCity Defenders
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Docket(s)
14SL-CC04207 (State Trial Court)
CJ-MO-0011-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/31/2018
General Documents
Class Action Settlement Agreement
CJ-MO-0011-0002.pdf | External Link | Detail
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Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Claim Form
CJ-MO-0011-0005.pdf | Detail
Date:
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement
CJ-MO-0011-0003.pdf | Detail
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Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Class Action Petition
CJ-MO-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/08/2014
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Notice of Pendency of Class Action, Proposed Settlement and Hearing
CJ-MO-0011-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/29/2016
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
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Judges Goldman, Stephen H. Court not on record show/hide docs
CJ-MO-0011-0003 | CJ-MO-0011-0004 | CJ-MO-0011-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ammann, John J. (Missouri) show/hide docs
CJ-MO-0011-0001 | CJ-MO-0011-0002 | CJ-MO-0011-9000
Campbell, Alicia (Missouri) show/hide docs
CJ-MO-0011-0001 | CJ-MO-0011-9000
Campbell, John E. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Hanlon, Stephen F (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Harvey, Thomas B. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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McAnnar, John D. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Roediger, Brendan D. (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Vieth, Erich (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Voss, Michael-John (Missouri) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Henson, D. Keith (Missouri) show/hide docs
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