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Lawsuit: Shamrock Has Illegally Towed Thousands Of Vehicles

no parking tow zone sign
Phil Gilbert
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A new lawsuit accuses Westerville-based Shamrock Towing of illegally towing thousands of vehicles since 2015.The class-action lawsuit filed this week in Franklin County Common Pleas Court is based on a state law stating private tow-away zones must include a sign with “a description of persons authorized to park on the property.” The lawsuit claims Shamrock sends the same sign to all of the private companies it works with.

The lawsuit also points to another section of the same piece of Ohio Revised Code that says “No towing service shall remove a vehicle from a private tow-away zone except pursuant to a written contract for the removal of vehicles entered into with the owner of the private property on which the private tow-away zone is located.”

The Private Property Impound Authorization Form on Shamrock’s website says “It is NOT a binding contract of any sort.”

The lawsuit was filed by two people but left open for “all others similarly situated.”

The owner of Shamrock Towing told the Columbus Dispatch the prospect of a class-action lawsuit against the company is “totally ludicrous.”