Case: Lampkin v. City of Jennings

14-04207 | Missouri state trial court

Filed Date: Dec. 8, 2014

Closed Date: 2016

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Case Summary

On December 8, 2014, a Missouri resident filed this class action lawsuit against the City of Jennings in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, under state law. The plaintiff, represented by the Archcity Defenders, sought injunctive and monetary relief, arguing the City charged a fee for each warrant issued through its municipal court, without authorization by Missouri law and in violation of a state statute that allegedly prohibited the charging of such fee. The plaintiff alleged he …

On December 8, 2014, a Missouri resident filed this class action lawsuit against the City of Jennings in the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri, under state law. The plaintiff, represented by the Archcity Defenders, sought injunctive and monetary relief, arguing the City charged a fee for each warrant issued through its municipal court, without authorization by Missouri law and in violation of a state statute that allegedly prohibited the charging of such fee. The plaintiff alleged he personally was charged a $50 fee on or about January 2009, for a warrant issued and later recalled through a municipal court, and that he paid the fee under the threat of losing the procedural right to be heard, being charged additional fees, and being incarcerated.

There is no information on what happened in the case between 2014 and 2016. On March 3, 2016, the court issued an order granting the plaintiff's motion for class certification. The certified class was defined as "All Missouri citizens who paid any Warrant Fee to the City of Jennings on or after December 8, 2009."

The parties entered into a settlement agreement on July 21, 2016. The City of Jennings agreed to create a settlement fund of $412,500.00 to pay (i) partial refunds to the class members, (ii) attorney fees of $137,500.00, and (iii) a compensation of $1,200.00 to the Class Representative. The City also agreed to review all fees charged by the municipal court within six months of final judgment and order approving the settlement, and to refrain from charging any warrant fee in the future unless authorized by state law.

On August 29, 2016, Judge Brian May approved the settlement and dismissed the case on the merits with prejudice. Each party paid its own costs and fees.

Summary Authors

Daniele de Oliveira Nunes (4/14/2019)

People


Judge(s)

Goldman, Stephen H. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ammann, John J. (Missouri)

Campbell, John E. (Missouri)

Hanlon, Stephen F (District of Columbia)

Harvey, Thomas B. (Missouri)

McAnnar, John D. (Missouri)

Roediger, Brendan D. (Missouri)

Vieth, Erich (Missouri)

Voss, Michael-John (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Henson, D. Keith (Missouri)

Judge(s)

Goldman, Stephen H. (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ammann, John J. (Missouri)

Campbell, John E. (Missouri)

Hanlon, Stephen F (District of Columbia)

Harvey, Thomas B. (Missouri)

McAnnar, John D. (Missouri)

Roediger, Brendan D. (Missouri)

Vieth, Erich (Missouri)

Voss, Michael-John (Missouri)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Henson, D. Keith (Missouri)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

14-04207

Docket

Dec. 31, 2018

Dec. 31, 2018

Docket

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Class Action Petition

Dec. 8, 2014

Dec. 8, 2014

Complaint

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Notice of Pendency of Class Action, Proposed Settlement and Hearing

Aug. 29, 2016

Aug. 29, 2016

Notice Letter

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Class Action Settlement Agreement

None

None

Settlement Agreement

Claim Form

No Court

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Other

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Order Granting Preliminary Approval of Class Action Settlement

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Order/Opinion

Resources

Docket

Last updated July 26, 2022, 3:01 a.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Missouri

Case Type(s):

Criminal Justice (Other)

Special Collection(s):

Fines/Fees/Bail Reform (Criminalization of Poverty)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 8, 2014

Closing Date: 2016

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Missouri residents who paid warrant fees charged by the City of Jennings

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

ArchCity Defenders

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

City of Jennings (St. Louis), City

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

State law

Availably Documents:

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Damages

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 412,500

Order Duration: 2014 - 2021

Issues

General:

Fines/Fees/Bail/Bond