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Cabbies sue town of Speedway for race-day license seizures

July 2, 2013

More than 80 taxi cab drivers have sued the town of Speedway for allegedly seizing their licenses when they attempted to pick up fares after the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and attorneys from Cohen & Malad LLP in Indianapolis claim the town violated taxi drviers’ Fourth and 14th Amendment rights when police officers seized taxi licenses from drivers who had arranged to pick up race fans on Main Street.

The suit alleges that when drivers went to the Speedway Police Department to claim their licenses, they also were given $50 parking tickets.

“The Constitution prohibits the government from seizing our property without cause and without any sort of process. Both of these principles appeared to have been violated in this case,” ACLU of Indiana legal director Ken Falk said in a statement.

The case filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana in Indianapolis is Diedra Warren, et al. v. Town of Speedway, 1:13-CV-1049. The case is filed in the court of Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.

 

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