May 20, 2015

A Miami federal judge has named Stephen Rosenthal of Podhurst Orseck and Theodore Leopold of Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll to serve as co-lead counsel in a class action challenging $200 million in red-light camera ticket fines.

Additionally, Ervin Gonzalez of Colson Hicks Eidson was named liaison counsel to communicate with all plaintiffs’ attorneys and maintain a documentary depository.

Ten cases were consolidated before U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno for Florida drivers against three companies that operate the camera systems, about 80 local government agencies using them and the Florida Department of Revenue.

Public records show more than $200 million in camera fines have been assessed during the four-year period covered by the lawsuits.

The lawsuit filed in October 2014 alleged the motorists' due process rights were violated and the companies lacked authority to make decisions that should have been made by law enforcement officers.

Rosenthal of Miami, Leopold of Palm Beach Gardens and Gonzalez of Coral Gables were all unopposed in their bids.

Other law firms working on the case include Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman in Fort Lauderdale and the Ticket Clinic in Fort Lauderdale, Cohen & Malad of Indianapolis, Estrella Ticket Defense Law Firm of Miami, Freidin, Dobrinsky, Brown & Rosenblum of Miami and Wites & Kapetan of Lighthouse Point.

"All of the firms who were involved in the litigation all sort of agreed amongst ourselves to work together ... and on who should be lead counsel," Leopold said.

Among the co-lead counsel's duties is to confer with defense counsel on a case management schedule and coordinate briefing, motions argument, depositions and any settlement negotiations.

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