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Kristen Daum, Published November 30 2009

Judge approves traffic fine settlement

A federal court judge approved a million-dollar settlement this afternoon for a class-action lawsuit against the city of Fargo over excessive traffic fines.

As part of the settlement, the city agreed to pay up to $1.5 million for eligible claims that were sent in by early November.

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit contended that Fargo’s traffic fines illegally exceed those in North Dakota’s Century Code.

According to documents filed in U.S. District Court earlier this month, at least 13,900 eligible claims amount to more than $1 million that the city will pay.

Fargo city attorney Erik Johnson said the city’s payments should be sent out within 2 to 3 months.

For more on this story, read Tuesday’s Forum.