MURFREESBORO, Tenn., Feb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — If you paid court-imposed fees arising from a misdemeanor or traffic case in Rutherford County, and were supervised on probation by Providence Community Corrections, Inc. (“PCC”) or Rutherford County, at any time from October 1, 2011 to October 5, 2017, your rights may be affected by a class action settlement.
What is this lawsuit about?
A class action civil rights lawsuit was filed against Rutherford County, Tennessee, PCC and other individual defendants relating to fees or other costs arising from misdemeanor or traffic cases in the Rutherford County courts and probation practices in Rutherford County. Defendants deny any wrongdoing or liability. The Court has not decided who is right and who is wrong. The Parties have agreed to settle to avoid the uncertainties and expenses of ongoing litigation.
What are the terms of the settlement?
Each eligible Settlement Class Member who was supervised by or paid fees to (a) PCC after October 1, 2011 or (b) Rutherford County’s Probation Department in or after March 2016 solely for purposes of paying court-imposed financial obligations, and submits a valid Claim Form by April 27, 2018, will receive a portion of the $14,300,000 settlement fund as determined by the Settlement Administrator in accordance with the Settlement. Settlement Class Members will also receive injunctive relief against Rutherford County and may have their fees waived if they petition the court and earn below 125% of the federal poverty line.
How do I know if I am affected?
If you paid court-imposed fees arising from a misdemeanor or traffic case in Rutherford County, and were supervised on probation by Providence Community Corrections, Inc. (“PCC”) or Rutherford County, at any time from October 1, 2011 to October 5, 2017, your rights may be affected. You may be eligible to receive a payment from the settlement fund if during the relevant time (a) you were supervised by PCC or (b) were supervised by Rutherford County between March 2016 and October 5, 2017 solely due to an inability to pay court fees and costs.
What are my legal rights?
If you stay in the Settlement Class, you will be legally bound by its terms and you will release your claims against Defendants. You will need to file a Claim Form before April 27, 2018 in order to receive the benefits of the Settlement. If you Opt Out