The firm served as counsel to the County of Suffolk in two federal lawsuits against the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency ("SCTPVA"). The lawsuits, which sought class action certification, claimed a wide variety of unconstitutional conduct by the SCTPVA. These allegedly unconstitutional acts included, among other things, discrimination against minority motorists, denying due process when suspending drivers licenses, the imposition of excessive fines, and illegally issuing arrest warrants for motorists who failed to appear at their court dates. However, these allegations were completely unfounded.
In both lawsuits, the firm argued that there was no evidence of any discriminatory or otherwise unconstitutional conduct by the SCTPVA or its officials. Moreover, the plaintiffs could not point to any official policy or customary practice of the County that led to these so-called violations. The firm also argued that the named defendants were immune from suit because at all relevant times they were acting in their official capacities as SCTPVA prosecutors or judicial hearing officers.
As a result, U.S. Magistrate Judge Arlene Lindsay issued two Report and Recommendations ("R&Rs") advising that the motions to dismiss be granted in their entirety. Shortly thereafter, U.S. District Court Judge Joan Azrack, by orders dated March 3, 2017 and June 12, 2017, adopted the R&Rs as the decisions of the Court, and granted the motions to dismiss all claims against the SCTPVA and its officials in both cases.