David Meyer, writing in the New York Post, has first rate piece on our long-running, successful civil rights case over the NYC TLC's extraordinary and lawless suspension on arrest policy.
The article states: " The drivers' suspensions — which occurred between 2003 and 2020 — were ultimately resolved, but only after months out of work and an arduous legal process, according to the impacted cabbies.
A federal judge ruled in 2019 that the TLC's process for appealing license suspensions was unconstitutional because the agency declined to consider 'evidence of a driver's ongoing danger to health and public safety.'
Such evidence must now be considered as a result. Since then, the portion of suspensions that get reversed has increased from virtually none to 65%, said Daniel Ackman, the lead attorney on the class-action suit.
“The suspensions have all been resolved by other means by now, but what they do have to do is pay damages to people that should not have been suspended at all, which to my mind is almost all of them,” Ackman said, referring to TLC officials.
A federal appeals court has already held the the TLC practice was unconstitutional.
Now the case is its damages phase. The district court has asked that drivers request individual damages hearings. Meyer notes that 5,600 cabbies have already signed up for hearings. But another 14,000 are eligible.