Monday, May 11, 2009

Tolls on the Pike, an illegal tax? A famous lawyer has an idea.

Here's something all of you who have paid tolls (in the last 5 years) at 128 or in the City should be aware of. This action seems to be timely and if won, would force the transportation agencies to get tolls booths up on the North and South of the city.

Go to and see what they have to say about this class action law suit.

A trial lawyer made famous by Hollywood is looking to win some change for Bay State toll-payers in a newly filed class-action suit that takes on the embattled Massachusetts Turnpike Authority.

Jan R. Schlichtmann - whose local battle against a chemical company was the basis of the book and film “A Civil Action” - is looking for Pike drivers to join his legal quest for a massive refund.

Schlictmann filed a complaint in Middlesex Superior Court Friday in the name of three Pike-weary drivers who maintain the tolls are an “illegal tax.” because the proceeds from the roadway’s tolls are diverted to other projects. The lawsuit contends 58 percent of Pike tolls are used to finance Big Dig roads.

“It is a Big Dig tax,” Schlichtmann said. “This amounts to an unconstitutional expropriation of money. The argument isn’t that it’s not being used for a good purpose. It’s that you can’t lawfully do that.”


At May 12, 2009 at 11:33 AM , Blogger Friend said...

Sign me up for this!! What a great idea. Thanks for passing this information along.

At May 12, 2009 at 11:42 AM , Blogger Edward said...

About time somebody did something about this injustice. THis lawyer will probably make a killing on this if it ever goes anywhere, but hey, thats alright with me as long as he wins the lawsuit and get them to do something about this unfair burden on those of us who commute on the Pike. I don't know what the heck a class action suit is, but if you say it is worth signing up for, thats good enough for me.

At May 12, 2009 at 11:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope everyone out there who commutes on the Pike every day signs on for this. There is strength in numbers, lets show them we mean business about stopping this unfair toll practice.

At May 12, 2009 at 2:28 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

This action may do what we never could... get some fairness from the Pike. I would recomend any who is driving the Pike now, sign on.

At May 12, 2009 at 3:00 PM , Blogger Michael said...

You got it Pillsbury. Just signed myself up to be part of this class action thing. If all the people who complain about the tolls just sign on for this, we could actually accomplish something


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