If you've ever had your car booted at a Home Depot in New York City and had to shell out more than $25 to B & M Towing Inc., B & M Electronic Diagnostic Repair Service Inc., or NY Booting to free your vehicle, this blog post is for you.
A class-action lawsuit claims that these towing companies violated New York City law by overcharging customers to remove vehicle boots at certain Home Depot locations during 2021 and 2022. B&M Towing, a New York-based company, has been especially highlighted, with numerous complaints regarding their vehicle towing and booting policies appearing on their Better Business Bureau profile.
In response to these allegations, the New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) is administering a settlement to resolve the matter. Under the terms of this settlement, consumers who were overcharged for booting their vehicles can receive a refund for the booting fees they paid over $25. Refunds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and once the settlement fund has been exhausted, no further refunds will be issued.
It's important to note that there is no exclusion or objection deadline for the vehicle booting settlement, and no final approval hearing date has been listed on the settlement website. However, consumers must submit a valid claim form by July 19, 2023, to be eligible for a settlement payment.
The class action settlement benefits individuals who paid more than $25 after their car was booted by B & M Towing Inc., B & M Electronic Diagnostic Repair Service Inc., or NY Booting at one of the following Home Depot stores during 2021 or 2022:
- 92-30 168th St., Jamaica, New York 11433
- 73-01 25th Ave., East Elmhurst, New York 11369
- 131-35 Avery Ave., Flushing, New York 11355
- 112-20 Rockaway Blvd., South Ozone Park, New York 11420
- 75-09 Woodhaven Blvd., Glendale, New York 11385
- 132-20 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, New York 11434
- 50-10 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, New York 11101
- 124-04 31st Ave., Flushing, New York 11354
- 59-15 Maurice Ave., Maspeth, New York 11378
- 579 Gateway Drive, Brooklyn, New York 11239【13†source】
How Much Can You Receive?
The settlement amount will vary, but it will be a refund for the booting fees paid over $25. To provide proof of the booting fee paid, consumers must present receipts, invoices, or account statements showing the booting date, location, and any additional information.
How to File a Claim
You can file a claim if you believe you qualify for the settlement. The deadline to do so is July 19, 2023. Claims must be submitted to the NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection at the following address:
NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection
Attn: Legal Operations Director
42 Broadway, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10004
Suppose you're among the many who experienced an overcharge for vehicle booting at a New York City Home Depot location during 2021 or 2022. In that case, this settlement allows you to recover some of your lost funds. While the process may seem daunting, the steps outlined in this blog post should help you navigate the process.
Remember, the claim form must be submitted by July 19, 2023, and evidence of the booting fee paid is necessary to make a claim. Take action promptly to ensure you do not miss out on this opportunity.
Stay informed and make sure your rights as a consumer are protected. If you've been unfairly charged, don't hesitate to claim what's rightfully yours. This is your chance to get your money back, and taking advantage of it while you still can is crucial.