United States v. City and County of Honolulu, PM Autoworks Inc, d/b/a All Island Towing (D. Haw.)

Overview: 

On February 15, 2018, the United States filed a complaint and entered into a settlement agreement in United States v. City and County of Honolulu  Autoworks Inc, d/b/a All Island Towing (D. Haw.) resolving allegations that Honolulu and its contracted towing company violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.  The complaint alleges that Honolulu and All Island Automotive Towing violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act by auctioning or otherwise disposing of cars owned by protected servicemembers without first obtaining the required court orders.  The settlement agreement requires Honolulu to adopt new SCRA-compliant procedures, compensate three servicemembers a total of $55,857.95 for unlawfully auctioning off their cars and personal effects while they were deployed,  establish a $150,000 settlement fund to compensate other servicemembers whose rights may have been violated, and pay a $60,788 civil penalty to the United States.

press release (2/15/18)

Case Open Date: 
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Case Name: 
United States v. City and County of Honolulu, PM Autoworks Inc, d/b/a All Island Towing (D. Haw.)
Topic: 
Civil Rights
Servicemembers Initiative
Tags: 
SCRA
Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
1:18-cv-00061 DKW-KJM
military
automobile
towing
court order
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights Division
Civil Rights - Housing and Civil Enforcement Section
USAO - Hawaii
Updated February 21, 2018