INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles is facing new allegations that it
overcharged drivers for multiple services.
Plaintiffs in the
class-action suit could secure refunds for overcharges on vehicle
registrations and other services if their lawsuit succeeds. The suit could
also open the way to further discovery of overcharges by the BMV.
Star reports the Indianapolis-based law firm Cohen and Malad filed the
lawsuit in October. A Marion County Superior Court Judge denied the state’s
request to dismiss the lawsuit this week.
The suit follows on
the heels of a similar legal battle. The BMV agreed to settle a previous
lawsuit this past August and refund $30 million to residents who had been
overcharged for driver’s licenses.
Cohen and Malad
lawyer Irwin Levin called the court’s ruling a victory for Hoosiers.
“The court has
essentially ruled that the BMV can’t simply say ‘Trust us’ and throw out the
case,” Levin said. “Hoosiers now get to ask the BMV the tough questions
about this debacle and get the answers they deserve.”
commissioner Don Snemis said he “respectfully disagrees” with the judge’s
ruling and plans to appeal the decision.
“Any BMV credits
that were arguably due and owing to the people of Indiana have already been
issued,” he said. “The only thing sought by this lawsuit is more attorney
fees for the class-action lawyers, which, if granted, will be paid by
Cohen and Malad,
which also filed the first BMV lawsuit, collected $6.3 million in attorney
fees or about 21 percent of the $30 million awarded.