Toll Operator Can't Shake Drivers' Claims Of Unfair Fines

Law360, Washington (November 3, 2015, 4:22 PM EST) -- A Virginia federal judge ruled Monday that the bulk of a putative class action against the private operator of northern Virginia’s high-occupancy toll roads can move forward, saying the drivers have sufficiently claimed that the company unreasonably assessed tens of thousands of dollars in fines for inadvertently missed tolls.

Judge James C. Cacheris let stand most of the allegations against Transurban USA Inc. and its affiliates, including violations of the Eighth Amendment’s protection from excessive fines, other state and federal law violations and interference with E-ZPass contracts. The group of residents also can continue pursuing several claims, all filed in April,...

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