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Volunteer Attorney Helps Soldier Receive Favorable Settlement with Towing Company

January 31, 2018

After completing his six-week basic training, an Army servicemember came home to learn that his car had been towed from his apartment’s parking lot and sold. He had never received notice, and his car was sold without a court order. The soldier visited a military legal assistance office to discuss his situation. Recognizing that the towing company had violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by selling the soldier’s car without notice and a court order, the military attorney referred his case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project.

Through the Military Pro Bono Project, a civilian attorney offered pro bono legal assistance to the soldier. To seek damages from the towing company, the volunteer attorney filed a two-count lawsuit in state court for conversion and violation of the SCRA. After the attorney later filed a motion for summary judgment, the towing company and its counsel agreed to a settlement of several thousand dollars, which was a favorable settlement for the soldier. With help from the volunteer attorney, the soldier was successfully made whole.


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