A fuss over a police officer's vanity plate has blown up into a constitutional debate that could lead to the Indiana General Assembly deciding whether to rewrite the law or stop selling personalized license plates altogether.
A judge has ruled that Indiana officials violated a police officer's constitutional rights by revoking his vanity license plate "0INK."
Plaintiffs in the class-action lawsuit could secure refunds for overcharges on vehicle registrations and other services if their suit succeeds. The suit follows on the heels of a similar legal battle fought last year.
Cohen & Malad LLP’s fee represents 21 percent of the $30 million awarded to Hoosier motorists as part of a settlement approved by a Marion Superior Court judge Nov. 12. The BMV was accused of overcharging for driver’s licenses.
Kent Schroder has served as the BMV chief of staff since June 1 after serving as its chief information officer since 2005.
The ruling Tuesday from BMV administrative judge Melissa Reynolds says the Indiana Youth Group did violate Indiana law and its contract, but the violation didn’t warrant immediate revocation of the plate.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles made the acknowledgement in a response to a class-action lawsuit that alleges Indiana collected up to $30 million more than it should have by charging drivers more for licenses than allowed by law.