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Case Name White v. City of Pine Lawn CJ-MO-0013
Docket / Court 14SL-CC04194 ( State Court )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Attorney Organization ArchCity Defenders
Case Summary
On December 8, 2014 a class of citizens of Missouri assessed warrant fees by the City of Pine Lawn filed this lawsuit in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in the State of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued the City of Pine Lawn under state law. The plaintiffs, represented by ArchCity Defenders, ... read more >
On December 8, 2014 a class of citizens of Missouri assessed warrant fees by the City of Pine Lawn filed this lawsuit in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County in the State of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued the City of Pine Lawn under state law. The plaintiffs, represented by ArchCity Defenders, sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, compensatory damages, punitive damages, disgorgement, and attorneys' fees. The plaintiffs alleged that the City of Pine Lawn was violating state law by assessing fees to recall warrants, and that the fees are implemented deceptively and recklessly with the sole intention of generating profit.

The plaintiffs sought to certify a class composed of citizens who have paid warrant fees to the city, and citizens who currently have pending fees with the city. The complaint alleged that the City was breaking state law. The plaintiffs furthermore contended that the City had unjustly enriched itself by profiting from the illegal fees. The plaintiffs argued that the City knew or had reason to know the fees were illegal. Thus, the fees were assessed recklessly and negligently on the citizenry. The complaint noted that the fees created financial and personal consternation for the plaintiffs. The fees, plaintiffs argued, created distrust in the community by leading to increased financial stress and incarceration for its members.

On July 17, 2015, the plaintiffs filed their first amended class action petition, which was approved. On December 1st, 2015, the case was reassigned to Judge Ellen Ribaudo. The parties dismissed the case at a settlement conference on December 28, 2016, and the Court issued an order of dismissal without prejudice on January 26, 2017. We have no additional information about the settlement agreement.

Salvatore Mancina - 02/12/2017


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Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) City of Pine Lawn, Missouri
Plaintiff Description Persons who were assessed warrant recall fees, or currently have pending warrant recall fees, by the city of Pine Lawn, Missouri.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ArchCity Defenders
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Class Action Petition
CJ-MO-0013-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/01/2014
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ammann, John J. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
Campbell, John E. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
Campbell, Alicia (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
Hanlon, Stephen F (District of Columbia)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
Harvey, Thomas B. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
McAnnar, John D. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
Roediger, Brendan D. (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
Vieth, Erich (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001
Voss, Michael-John (Missouri)
CJ-MO-0013-0001

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