A class-action lawsuit accuses several Southern California tow companies of towing legally parked cars, charging exorbitant fees and engaging in other so-called predatory towing practices.
The lawsuit was filed last week in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Los Angles resident Alejandro Stephens, whose car was allegedly towed in 2004 from a restaurant lot where it was legally parked, according to a prepared statement Tuesday by law firm Bisnar Chase.
Stephens' car was towed without the authorization of the restaurant owner or operator, according to the statement.
The suit claims that towing firms regularly tow cars without reason and overcharge motorists in order to make larger commissions.
"Mr. Stephens is not an isolated case; this happens every day," attorney James Lloyd said. "Someone has to step up and take these guys on for the protection of us all."
The suit names Non Stop towing of Los Angeles, which allegedly towed Stephens' vehicle, and eight other companies.
A message left early Tuesday seeking comment from Non Stop was not immediately returned.
Bisnar Chase said its lawyers do not yet know how many class action plaintiffs would be represented in the law suit.