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Booting

Georgia Booting Lawyers

 In most instances, vehicle booting is predatory or illegal.  The Wetherington Law firm is nationally recognized for fighting against booting companies.  We are currently accepting cases involving vehicle booting in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.  In Georgia, we have filed individual or class action lawsuits against almost every booting company, including:

  • Atlanta Black Loyalties Enterprises (ABL)
  • Advanced Booting Services (ABS)
  • Atlanta Impound
  • Buckhead Parking Enforcement (BPE)
  • Castle Parking Services (CPS)
  • Empire Parking Services (EPS)
  • Kenny McElwaney d/b/a Maximum Booting
  • Mister Boot d/b/a Parking Enforcement, LLC
  • Bootman d/b/a Premier Parking Enforcement (PPE)
  • Superior Booting Services d/b/a Parking Enforcement (SBS)
  • State Impound Authority (SIA)
  • Vise Parking Enforcement (VPE)

If you have been a victim of an unethical and predatory booting company, we want to talk to you.  Click here to fill out our vehicle booting intake form.  Completing this form is the fastest way to potentially join one of our class action lawsuits or take other legal action against the booting companies.

Vehicle Booting in Atlanta

Booting on private property is currently legal in Atlanta if the booting company complies with certain rules.  Most booting companies in Atlanta have a history of ignoring those rules.  For example, Atlanta requires booting companies to post certain signage at the entrance to each parking lot where booting occurs.  Those signs are required to have important identifying information on them.  For the last decade, Atlanta’s booting companies have not followed those laws.

 

After Matt Wetherington and Robert Friedman brought this practice to the public’s attention, the booting companies went to the City of Atlanta and lobbied for changes to the law.  Their efforts were not successful.  After heated debates between Wetherington and the booting companies, the City of Atlanta sided with Wetherington and passed additional reforms to the booting industry.

 

Vehicle Booting at Your Home

Booting companies use vehicle immobilization as a debt collection tool on behalf of landlords and HOAs.  Booting companies boot tenants for failure to pay rent.  This is a gross deviation from the intent of existing debt collection law.  Citizens should not be deprived of their personal property because of a dispute with a landlord or HOA, especially without adequate notice.  If you have been booted where you live, you may be entitled to compensation.  Click here to fill out our vehicle booting intake form.

Vehicle Booting Outside Atlanta

Unless a community has an ordinance explicitly authorizing booting, it is unlawful.  Some communities have made this fact clear by passing laws explicitly outlawing booting and establishing strict penalties for failure to follow the law.  Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, Cumming, Gwinnett County, Kennesaw, Macon, Forsyth County, Savannah, and Tybee Island prohibit booting by private companies.  Very few cities outside have ordinances that authorize vehicle booting.  Booting is only legal in Georgia in the following communities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Decatur, GA
  • DeKalb County, GA
  • Doraville, GA
  • Hapeville, GA
  • Morrow, GA
  • Sandy Springs, GA
  • Smyrna, GA
  • Union City, GA

Even within these cities, the booting companies must comply with the terms of the ordinance.  In the absence of an enabling ordinance, vehicle booting is strictly illegal.  Despite being illegal, many booting companies continue to boot in areas where they are not authorized to do so.  For example, in metro-Atlanta, booting companies have charged as much as $1,5000 for a single vehicle boot.  $500 vehicle boots are common:

 

If you have been booted in a city that does not authorize booting, call 9-1-1.  Generally, the police will not help you.  However, it is helpful to have a record of the booting.  After calling 9-1-1, complete our vehicle booting intake form.  After reviewing your records, we will inform you of your next legal options.

Vehicle Booting Outside Georgia

If you have been booted outside of Georgia, we want to hear from you.  We are currently pursuing booting lawsuits in several states, including Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina, and Texas.  To get started, complete our vehicle booting intake form.  We handle booting cases exclusively on contingency.  That means that we do not charge anything for consultations and we only get paid if we win your case.

Has a Booting Operator Threatened or Injured You?

We are currently pursuing several lawsuits where booting operators have assaulted or threatened people over parking enforcement.  In 2018, booting operators shot a man, ran over a man, repeatedly pulled guns on people, and even tracked down and threatened to kill a man in his home after he reported an illegal booting to police.

 

If you have been a victim of violence from a booting operator, you may be entitled to recover substantial amounts from the booting company.  Click here to fill out our vehicle booting intake form.

You Can Make a Lasting Difference in the Lives of Others by Hiring the Wetherington Law Firm

Obtaining full and complete compensation for our clients is the most important service we provide to our clients.  Protecting the general public and making sure that other people are protected is part of obtaining justice.  We frequently work with law enforcement, local government officials, state legislators, and federal agencies to understand the root cause of dangerous conditions.  This often leads to uncovering dangerous trends or patterns of behavior that must be changed.  Many of our clients have chosen not to be defined by their injuries, and instead choose to serve as a beacon of hope to others.  Whether through legislation, refusing to settle unless changes or made, or simply sharing their story, our client’s efforts have helped save MILLIONS of people from serious injury or death.  We care about you as a person and will work with you however you want to help make the world a safer and better place.  Call us now to get started.

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Reputation matters. Our firm only pursues high value, meritorious lawsuits. The insurance companies may not like us, but they respect the work we do and results we obtain for our clients. When a case moves into litigation, the defense attorneys know that we have properly investigated the claims, know the applicable law, and are preparing the case for trial.

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We do not charge attorney fees for obtaining property damage or medical payment coverage for our clients. Other firms charge for this service.

We have saved our clients millions simply by negotiating medical bills and fighting invalid medical liens.

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