A Chicago woman is fighting $105,000 in parking tickets on a car that she says her ex-boyfriend abandoned at O’Hare International Airport in an employee parking lot.
Jennifer Fitzgerald filed a lawsuit in November claiming that the city broke its own laws by issuing her ticket after ticket instead of just towing and impounding the car. The suit also alleges that her ex, Brandon Preveau, is the vehicle’s real owner and that he is responsible for whatever tickets it accumulated.
In an "unprecedented move" the city offered to drop the record amount of fines to less than $2,500, but Fitzgerald rejected the settlement, reported The Chicago Tribune.
"It's not all my fault,” Fitzgerald said. “He's knows that that's his car. He knows I couldn't get into that lot. I think it's just a big misunderstanding. I could not get in that lot to move that car. He had the car keys, he had everything."
Judge Thomas Allen recently dismissed Fitzgerald’s lawsuit because he ruled that her lawyer had not done his utmost to first fight the tickets with the city’s Administrative Hearings Department. He did give Fitzgerald’s attorney another month to re-file the lawsuit.
The judge urged the parties involved in the case to try to settle it themselves before returning to court. He had this to say: “As I read the complaint, it tells a very not uncommon story of people getting caught up in the Department of Administrative Hearings. And then deadlines pass and then they come to court trying to turn back the hands of time. The other thing I see in the complaint is a ridiculous, robotic march to write tickets on a $600 junk car.”
“I don’t even know where the room for all the tickets were. Where’d you put them all?”