Detroit Parking Lawsuit

Detroit Municipal Parking Department

Friess, et al., v. City of Detroit, et al., Case No. 17-cv-1413

On December 21, 2017, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan against the City of Detroit, which alleged, that between the approximately June 1, 2014 and the present, that parking fines were assessed for amounts in excess of the fine rates authorized by City of Detroit's ordinances. The most common parking fines were increased from $20 or $30 to $45 without any ordinance allowing for these increased fines. Additionally, that the City stopped providing a $10 early payment discount for violations paid within 10 days contrary to the City's ordinances.  Moreover, that the City of Detroit assessed an unauthorized $30 late fine on notices of parking violations that remained unpaid after 60 days (City ordinance only allows for a $20 fine for notices that remain unpaid after 30 days and does not allow for an additional $30 fine to be imposed).

On or about April 25, 2018, City of Detroit published an ordinance amending the City's parking fines to raises the most common parking fines to $45 and eliminating the early payment discount from the fine schedule. The ordinance purports to make these changes to the fine schedule retroactive back to April 18, 2014. The ordinance did not address the City's practices of assessing an additional $30 late fine.

As of December 20, 2018, the case remains in litigation.

The Court will determine at a later date whether to grant class action status and whether any person who paid for a parking violation, during the applicable time period, is entitled to any compensation.