Since the filing of a proposed class action against Cherry Hill Township on June 29, 2012, DeNittis Osefchen, P.C. has filed an additional seventeen red light camera proposed class action lawsuits against numerous municipalities including: Monroe Township, Glassboro, Stratford, Woodbridge, Newark,  Edison, Palisades Park, Linden City, Brick Township, East Windsor, Englewood Cliffs, and Rahway. As the Cherry Hill case, the additional suits are proposed class action civil rights lawsuits filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey, alleging that the red light camera systems maintained by the municipalities at various intersections were unlawful because the municipalities failed to comply with the mandatory inspections and certification which the towns were required to perform every six months in order to legally operate a red light camera system in New Jersey.  On June 19, the New Jersey Department of Transportation suspended the authority of 21 towns in New Jersey that operate red light camera systems because the towns failed to inspect the systems every six months, and to submit certifications of compliance to NJ DOT every six months, as required by the New Jersey statute which authorized the red light camera pilot program in New Jersey. While some towns have reported that they are currently conducting such an inspection in order to try to restore their ability to participate in the program, the lawsuits allege that such action will not make the towns retroactively eligible to operate a red light camera system for the period from 2009 to the present, when the towns allegedly were ineligible to participate due to their failure to conduct the required inspections every six months as required. Among other things, the lawsuits seek refunds of the $85 or $140 fines which  tens of thousands motorists paid to towns for violations generated by the towns’ red light cameras.

Recently, partner Stephen DeNittis, was interviewed by radio station by 101.5 FM discussing the merits of the lawsuits and how persons can participate.

For more information contact Stephen DeNittis at Shabel & DeNittis, 856-797-9951 or sdenittis@shabeldenittis.com.