Tow Company Pays Marine for SCRA Violation with Pro Bono Legal Help
A Marine’s wife was in an accident, and his vehicle was towed. The tow company was paid for its services. However, the Marine was unable to pick up the vehicle because he was deployed to Afghanistan. In violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA), the towing company sold the Marine’s vehicle without a court order. Despite efforts by the Marine’s military attorney, the company was unwilling to engage in settlement negotiations, so the ABA Military Pro Bono Project quickly referred the servicemember to an experienced team of pro bono attorneys in his area to assist him. The Marine’s volunteer attorneys filed and served a complaint in the local court based on violations of the SCRA as well as handled several other procedural, discovery and insurance-related matters for the Marine. Ultimately, the servicemember’s attorneys were able to negotiate a favorable settlement agreement with the tow company, thereby avoiding a prolonged court battle and allowing the Marine to refocus on his military duties.