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New Towing Sign Requirements? Bill proposes a statement of right to tow hearing on all towing signs

A bill filed in the Texas house of representatives in early January 2019 proposes to change the towing sign requirements currently contained in the Texas Towing and Booting Act. This bill, titled HB 626 (text of the bill HERE), would require each towing sign posted on a parking facility to contain “a statement describing the […]

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Bill proposes extending tow hearing deadlines to 60 days

H.B. 625 was filed today in the Texas House of Representatives. This bill proposes to extend the filing deadline on tow hearings from the current 14-day deadline to 60 days. This would extend the current tow hearing filing deadline by over four times its current duration. While no commentary is provided to this bill, it […]

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Business entity names in podiatry practices – a conflict of statute and regulation.

In November of 2018, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) adopted regulations governing the names of business entities through which podiatrists may provide professional services. These new regulations included 16 Tex. Admin. Code § 130.50(f), which provides that “[t]he name of a professional corporation created for the practice of podiatric medicine shall include […]

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Restricting parking areas and spaces on otherwise unrestricted lots.

RESTRICTING PARKING AREAS AND SPACES ON OTHERWISE UNRESTRICTED LOTS This article reviews signage location requirements under the Texas Towing and Booting Act (the “Towing Act“) for restricting areas of parking on otherwise unrestricted lots. It does not review individually restricted parking space requirements. A discussion of individual parking space restrictions is available in another article. […]

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How to have a successful (and violation free) VSF inspection

VSF inspections are typically triggered by one of two events. Either it is just time for your periodic inspection (which is required at least once every two years) or an inspection can be the result of a complaint filed against your vehicle storage facility at TDLR. Regardless of the cause of the inspection, there are […]

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Things to remember when talking to TDLR Prosecutors

To say that it is awkward to speak to someone who is trying to fine your business thousands of dollars or take away your license to work is a massive understatement. That, however, is exactly the case when you choose to talk directly to a prosecutor at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (“TDLR”). […]

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PCI declares Texas “the state most in need of pro-consumer towing reforms”

A recent study by the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (“PCI”) is casting two Texas cities in a very negative light. The 2018 PCI Towing Survey Analysis (the “Study”) states that abusive vehicle towing and storage practices “cost consumers millions of dollars every year.” This study, which was conducted by PCI and surveyed 448 […]

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Multimillion Dollar Judgment against Towing Company and Property Owners

In a case involving more than 25,000 individuals who were towed by G&G Gulf, Inc. (“Gulf”), the circuit court for Montgomery County, Maryland entered a $22 Million judgment against Gulf for its aggressive private property towing practices. This judgment, which G&G agreed to pay only $335,000 of, was later modified to include all parking lot […]

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The Importance of Checking Mail for TDLR Licensees

Many Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (“TLDR“) licensees fail to realize just how important it is to check their mailboxes. Licensees who use PO Boxes or other mail receipt services or who do not check their mail frequently run a significant risk from a regulatory standpoint. The problem with this practice arises when TDLR […]

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“Knowingly, Recklessly, or Intentionally” in Statutory Towing Lawsuits

Standard for Treble Damages + $1,000 in Towing Lawsuits Defined For as long as Section 2308.404 of the Texas Towing and Booting Act (“TTBA”) has existed, plaintiffs in towing lawsuits have been chasing “$1,000 plus three time the cost of the removal and storage of the vehicle” as damages. In order to be entitled to […]

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