ATS Unveils New Business Model: Lawsuits

(Un)American Traffic Solutions is at it again.. and again. They have definitely found their niche of late: filing and losing at nuisance lawsuits.

To protect their scam, ATS execs are suing to block citizens rights to vote. They already had their suit tossed out by a Judge earlier this year in a suburb of Seattle, WA(Mukilteo) and now are making the same attempt in Baytown, TX. Their latest suit alleges that a citizens initiative in the Texas city with 1000’s of signatures violates the Voting Rights Act. Interesting take. Maybe ATS is also being scammed, by their own attorneys.

ATS lost their lawsuit against competitor Redflex, earlier this summer. You may remember that Redflex was forced to admit they used fraudulent documents to obtain contracts with municipalities all over the U.S. from 1997-2008. Even with that startling admission by Redflex CEO Karen Finley, ATS still lost mightily. A Federal Judge left no doubt about how badly ATS performed:

“At best the plaintiff has an extraordinarily weak case,” US District Court Judge Frederick J. Martone said with the jury out of the courtroom. “It is weak at every point.”

ATS lawyers have decided to refile that case, despite the embarrassment. Round two begins in Arizona next week.

20 Responses to ATS Unveils New Business Model: Lawsuits

  1. Stacey says:

    Just goes to show you, once they get into the city they try to control it. And of course, you have these idiots city council members who don’t know their heads from their asses.

  2. I thought 70% of people in the US support photo ticketing. What’s ATS so afraid of?

  3. They have actually appealed the ruling in Mukilteo as well… We are waiting to hear what the State Supreme court decides. That should happen next week.

    • Thanks Tiffany. Keep us informed!

      • Today, the state supreme court rejected the plea of ATS to prevent Mukilteo voters from voting on our initiative in November. The two sentence ruling (we don’t have it yet, but it is available) gave the voters two huge victories:

        1) They rejected the request for expedited review — since today is the day the county will print ballots and voters pamphlets, then that means it’s guaranteed that no matter what the voters in Mukilteo will see Mukilteo Initiative No. 2 on the November ballot.

        2) They will hear the case later — this means they will eventually make a definitive ruling on whether local voters have the right to vote on local initiatives. The state supreme court has been adamant, issuing two unanimous 9-0 rulings that when it comes to state initiatives, that the voters have a right to vote and no legal roadblocks are allowed to block a vote on statewide initiatives. But the courts have issued a mixed bag of decisions when it comes to local initiatives, sometimes preventing local initiatives that turn in enough signatures to not be voted on. By agreeing to hear the case, the High Court has given themselves the opportunity to make clear that local voters have the same right to vote on local initiatives as state voters do on state initiatives.

        Today’s supreme court ruling clears the way for a groundbreaking November vote on those obnoxious red-light cameras and speed cameras.

        WHY THIS IS A BIG DEAL: It’ll be the first time in Washington that a city has ever allowed its citizens to vote on whether they want red-light cameras and speed cameras (over 20 cities have them and more are being added every year). If they’re rejected by Mukilteo voters in November, it’ll have statewide implications for new cities thinking of putting them up, expansion of cameras in existing cities and it’ll encourage efforts by activists forcing public votes on cameras in other cities, and will likely spur the Legislature to address the cities’ Big Brother, profit-making scheme.

  4. Giz says:

    Too bad I don’t live in Nevada. 😦 Course that should likely be the defacto 85 percentile speed limit anyway on those roads. Hint max speed limit should be the MAX in perfect conditions with little traffic not a minimum a dump truck should be driving in heavy traffic.

    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) – One Nevada gubernatorial hopeful sees a speedy fix to Nevada’s budget crisis. Nonpartisan candidate Eugene “Gino” DiSimone believes people would pay for the privilege to drive up to 90 mph on designated highways—and fill the state’s depleted coffers.

  5. Stacey says:

    Keep fighting Tiffany. It is beyond frightening how these corporations are controlling our cities.

  6. 4409 says:


    Its that time of the year again…time to make some cash and mingle jurisdictions.

    Un-American Gestapo revenue raising screw with 1000’s of innocent people to catch 2 slightly intoxicated maybe drunk people Nazi checkpoint. That is the definition of an unreasonable search and seizure.

    Mesa police on Monday will set up a (Nazi) sobriety checkpoint on Power Road north of Thomas Road, running from 1 p.m. to approximately 6 p.m. Do NOT talk back or raise your voice. Have your papers out and be a good slave. Dob;t bring up 4th amendments or anything because you don’t have it. THEY ARE THE KINGS

    A news release from the Mesa Police Department said the location was chosen “due to a high number of impaired drivers who use this route to return to the City of Mesa form the lake and river recreation sites.” (code word for there is more money to be made here than anywhere else.)

    The checkpoint is just one part of efforts to curb impaired driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Officers will also be conducting saturation (harassment) patrols at points around the city, and other law enforcement agencies across the state have their own programs targeting drivers (anyone they want) impaired by alcohol or drugs. Drinkers under the legal age of 21 will also be (profiled) singled out for citations, the news release said.

    Just keep accepting this and it will only get worse. Next they will have an auto Insurance check then a tail light check and on and on. These thing always start out with good intentions then slowly turn ugly.

    The issue is that if it starts out violating the 4th amendment how could it ever end up good?

    Also don’t forget that criminal net scam called “impaired to the slightest degree” This deliberate vague term means If the pirate cop has had a bad day and you had one beer you are DONE. Cough medicine DONE. Two puffs on a joint DONE.

    • guttersn1pe says:

      1 p.m. to 6 p.m., huh? This must be government at work. Who exactly are they targeting?

    • oh my says:

      maybe just don’t drink and drive. Better than killing someone.

      • Glyph says:

        Let’s be clear, no one here is defending impaired driving. But setting up checkpoints where police can interrogate drivers en masse on what is basically a fishing expedition is an abuse of authority.

        • oh my says:

          sure. Were not advocating drunk driving, we just don’t want anyone to enforce drunk driving laws. In fact lets go on a rant about how horrible it is to enforce drunk driving laws. sure…

          • B says:

            “we just don’t want anyone to enforce drunk driving laws.”
            Did you ever consider that there are other methods of drunk driving enforcement than en masse checkpoints?

            Either you’re just trolling (again) or you are quite dumb. Hopefully for your sake, it’s the former.

      • Stacey says:

        The Gestapo is at hand.

    • photoradarscam says:

      Just remember, you don’t have to consent to questioning or search.

  7. A vote to ban photo traffic enforcement?

    Possible vote to ban photo traffic enforcement

    Reporter: Craig Smith

    TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) – Photo enforcement cameras have never been popular with some drivers but now there’s a growing movement to put an end to the cameras once and for all.

    If one group that opposes photo enforcement has a successful petition drive, you’ll be able to vote to ban photo enforcement in Tucson and Pima County.

    Police say automated enforcement really does cut down speeding and red light running.

    But a lot of drivers would still like to see them go away.

    A group called Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar was working toward an election to kill state photo enforcement when Governor Brewer killed it first.

    Now organization chairman Shawn Dow is working on elections against photo enforcement in the 14 Arizona cities that use it.

    Getting a vote will require a successful petition but he thinks that’ll be easy.

    “Far fewer signatures than were needed in the statewide initiative. Most of the cities are only gonna require about anywhere from a thousand to two thousand signatures in order to put it on the ballot.”

    Drivers say a vote sounds appealing.

    Charles Mitchell says, “I think it’s always better if the people have a right to vote on anything. So if they choose that they don’t want them that’s the way it should be. Some judge better not tell them their vote doesn’t count.”

    Scott Richards says, “We should be able to decide whether we should have that system in there. That should be decided by the public. And everybody I’ve talked to right now they’re not liking the idea of that.”

    Organizers have already missed the deadline to be able to get the issue on the November ballot. That means if they get enough signatures, May would probably be the earliest possible election date and they say they’ll file for a special election if they have to.

    They are not actually running petitions in Tucson yet but plan to as soon as they get the petition language locked down.

  8. business says:

    just wait in Arizona next weeks

  9. B says:

    There is a documentary coming down the pipeline that touches on this issue in a roundabout way (the judicial system being taken over by big businesses, etc.). It’ll be based in the story about hot coffee and the McDonalds lawsuit a while back, and it’ll surprise you what’s going on today to take away our rights to justice in court.

    The day will come when the top judges in the state and federal systems will be bought and paid for, so that even if people win against these ATS-style lawsuits, it won’t matter because they’ll almost always win on appeal.

    It was truly eye opening…

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