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Bluff City asks court to dismiss $6 million 'speed trap' lawsuit

November 4th, 2011 7:22 am by Matthew Lane

GREENEVILLE — Bluff City, its mayor and an Arizona-based traffic camera company are asking that a $6 million lawsuit filed against them in September be dismissed.

Motorists Chris Cawood and Jonathan Kelly Proffitt filed the $6 million proposed class-action lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Greeneville naming Bluff City, Mayor Irene Wells and American Traffic Solutions as the defendants. All three defendants filed motions to dismiss the lawsuit last month.

The lawsuit claims Bluff City and ATS are conspiring to violate the Fair Debt Collections Act, state law and the city’s own ordinances by imposing an administrative fee of $40 on top of the $50 fine imposed for motorists allegedly captured on the city’s two speed enforcement cameras on Highway 11-E.

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