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Red-Light Camera Class Action Settlement Approved - Telliho v. American Traffic Solutions

Per The New Jersey Law Journal:

"A federal judge on Thursday approved a $4.2 million settlement over New Jersey's much-maligned red-light traffic camera program, with an eye to fair functioning in the future.

"U.S. District Judge Peter Sheridan's order in Telliho v. American Traffic Solutions requires that a special master investigate whether the system "operates efficiently and effectively."

"Class members, which number about 408,500, will receive 10 percent of the fines they paid for camera-based tickets, ranging from $14 to $85. They must file their claims by Oct. 28.

"Legal fees of $787,000 and costs of $13,000 for class counsel will also come out of the settlement, as will fees for Special Master Joel Rosen and payments of $200 each to the 20 class representatives.

"The defendants are American Traffic Solutions and 11 towns that used its cameras: Brick, East Windsor, Glassboro, Linden, Monroe, Palisades Park, Pohatcong Township, Rahway, Roselle Park, Union Township and Woodbridge."

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"A separate class action also pending before Sheridan names Redflex Traffic Systems, installer of red-light cameras in Newark, Cherry Hill, Englewood Cliffs, Edison and Stratford.

"Redflex announced in August that a tentative $2.1 million settlement had been reached and that class members would get 10 percent of fines paid."

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