Towing Companies at Center of Lawsuit
Posted: Friday, February 27th, 2009 at 1:27 pm
Four towing companies from the Chicago area have found themselves at the centre of a lawsuit that has been filed by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. She claims that the companies in question have been targeting drivers that have been involved in road traffic accidents, are overcharging for service, and in some cases are charging for services that they have not even performed.
The four companies that are named in the lawsuit are from Chicago and Blue Island, and include Road America Automotive, City Wide Auto, Pro Auto and Showtime Towing. The owners of the companies have also been named in the lawsuit, and they are Azzam Al-Hindi, Tareq Al-Hindi, Saher Ashkar and Adel Suhail.
The lawsuit claims that the companies and their drivers monitored police scanners, and when motorists were involved in road traffic accidents they sent tow trucks out, often telling the motorist that they would be working with police and would repair the vehicle at their facility.
The lawsuit further claims that drivers would offer to tow the vehicle away for the cost of one hundred and twenty five dollars, but then demanded ridiculous fees of over six thousand dollars before they would actually release the vehicle.