By Charles Sercombe
A tow truck company that got chased out of Hamtramck is now facing a class action lawsuit.
Attorneys with the Truth2Power Civil Justice Fund recently filed a lawsuit in Wayne County Circuit Court against Breakthrough Towing Company alleging the company performed “illegal, predatory, and rogue practices,” according to the lawsuit.
According to a report by the Metro Times, a Detroit-based weekly news and arts publication, the owner of Breakthrough is denying the charges.
Breakthrough, which is located in Detroit, had been targeting cars parked after business hours in the CVS parking lot at Jos. Campau and Holbrook.
Patrons at Bumbo’s Bar, located across the street from CVS, complained the company was preying on them and required cash-only payments to get their cars unhooked or returned from the company’s holding lot.
Some accused the drivers of being threatening.
As it turned out, the CVS manager, Mike Raynor, admitted to The Review he had no contract with the tow company nor did he know the company had placed warning signs in the CVS parking lot.
The manager allowed for the signs to be removed, which they were by City Councilmember Ian Perrotta.
The CVS lot was not the only place where the company aggressively went after cars. Customers at a McDonald’s in midtown Detroit complained the company was towing their cars despite the fact that they were customers at the fast food restaurant.
They, too, were forced to pay in cash to get their cars returned.
For those who would like to join the lawsuit, one of the attorneys involved in the lawsuit, Tony Paris, can be reached at (313) 993-4505. You can also email the attorneys at:
One of the issues that has come up in this matter is the amount of red tape facing those who want to go to court to challenge tow companies.
In an email, attorney Tony Paris said there needs to be changes in state law.
“Our state law makers need to realize how behind Michigan is,” Paris said.
To file a complaint, he said, there is a 20-day deadline.
“And you need to post $115 in addition to first paying (or posting bond/escrow) all of the same fees you’re disputing (this is obviously a problem if the tow company doesn’t give receipts and accepts cash only),” he said.
“Further, you need a form from the Secretary of State that’s only generated if the tow company properly reports the tow to the police. This needs to change.”
Sept. 28, 2018