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In re Red Light Photo Enforcement Cases, D048882

In a consolidated appeal addressing legal challenges and claims pertaining to Vehicle Code section 21455.5, which authorizes municipalities to enforce red light violations through the use of automated traffic enforcement systems, the court of appeals rules that: 1) the trial court properly ruled against a plaintiff in a taxpayer waste cause of action, as red light photo enforcement was not wasteful or illegal activity; and 2) contingency fee contracts which municipalities entered into with private contractors to support services for the automated system were not void as against public policy, as the municipalities retained control over the systems, as well as the prosecutorial function.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/13/2008
  • Published 06/13/2008




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • Lerach Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins LLP;  Coughlin Stoia Geller Rudman & Robbins, LLP, Timothy G. Blood, Pamela M. Parker and Kevin K. Green, San Diego, for Plaintiffs and Appellants C.L. Trustees, Patricia Yates, Christine Stankus, Mark Glickman, Christine Ballon, Heather Buys, Jerrold Cook and Richard Yells., Sullivan, Hill, Lewin, Rez & Engel and Brian L. Burchett, San Diego, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Mark Glickman, Christine Ballon and Heather Buys., Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Goodwin LLP, Charles R. Grebing, Eric R. Deitz, San Diego;  Michael Fremont Law Office and Michael J. Fremont for Plaintiffs and Appellants Jerrold Cook and Richard Yells., Eugene G. Iredale, Douglas S. Gilliland, San Diego;  Law Offices of Arthur F. Tait III & Associates and Arthur F. Tait III, Santa Ana, for Plaintiffs and Appellants C.L. Trustees, Patricia Yates and Christine Stankus., Trutanich  Michel, LLP, C.D. Michel, Glenn S. McRoberts and Thomas E. Maciejewski, Long Beach, for Plaintiffs and Appellants Michel T. Leonte and Richard H. Best., Ingerson & Associates and Gregory M. Ingerson for Farid Fatoorechi as Amicus Curiae on behalf Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • O'Melveny & Myers, B. Boyd Hight, James P. Jenal, James P. Kidder, Los Angeles;  McKenna Long & Aldridge, Robert J. Lauchlan, Jr., Ross H. Hyslop, San Diego, and Jim McNeill, for Defendants and Respondents ACS State and Local Solutions, Inc., Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., and PRWT., Jenkins & Hogin, LLP, Michael Jenkins, Gregg Kovacevich, Manhattan Beach, and John C. Cotti, for Defendant and Respondent City of West Hollywood., Dennis J. Herrera, San Francisco City Attorney, Burk E. Delventhal and Vince Chhabria, Deputy City Attorneys, for League of California Cities and City and County of San Francisco as Amici Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.
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