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I called Matt after several people recommended him. He was very kind and did a very good job on my son’s case. We are very thankful for the work he did. Most importantly, he was never hard to reach and answered every question we had while going through the process. Matt is the only attorney I will ever call in the future.
My husband is a cyclist that did not fair well against an SUV recently. Matt and his team took phenomenal care of us, allowing us not to stress out (too much) about the little things. Matt and his team handled everything with professionalism. We know we made the right call.
So glad I hired this firm after my rearend car accident. Matt embodies the skill set and values I was looking for. He treats every case like a mini war, and was a zealous advocate on my behalf. And he did so in the most competent and skillful manner. He listened, was empathetic and understood my legal and nonlegal problems.
My 85-year old mom was in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist. His love, thoroughness and commitment to her case helped us through this accident and her cancer treatment. She underwent successful lobectomy and chemotherapy and is doing exceptionally well. We are immensely grateful.
It was important to me to get the maximum money I could for my broken neck and arm. After getting jerked around for months by State Farm, I interviewed several firms and chose Mr. Wetherington. I’m glad I did. He forced the insurance company to pay twenty times their last offer to me.
It is an honor to share my experience with Mr. Wetherington. He was able to get answers about what happened in my son’s wreck that other attorney’s were not able to do. I am so thankful for the work that he did and he was very thorough in his explanation of why the vehicle had a “defect.”
My case did not settle. The person that hit me only had minimal policy limits. Fortunately, I had my own insurance, which should have provided more money. My insurance company, Allstate, treated me like garbage. We had to sue them and go all the way to trial, which we won.
- Jane Doe
Matt Wetherington is the attorney who is suing the booting companies. We need to do everything we can as a community to help him succeed. God bless you, Mr. Wetherington!
The best! Great people and always friendly.
Georgia Booting Lawyers
In most instances, vehicle booting is predatory or illegal. The Wetherington Law firm is nationally recognized for fighting against booting companies. We are currently accepting cases involving vehicle booting in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. In Georgia, we have filed individual or class action lawsuits against almost every booting company, including:
- Atlanta Black Loyalties Enterprises (ABL)
- Advanced Booting Services (ABS)
- Atlanta Impound
- Buckhead Parking Enforcement (BPE)
- Castle Parking Services (CPS)
- Empire Parking Services (EPS)
- Kenny McElwaney d/b/a Maximum Booting
- Mister Boot d/b/a Parking Enforcement, LLC
- Bootman d/b/a Premier Parking Enforcement (PPE)
- Superior Booting Services d/b/a Parking Enforcement (SBS)
- State Impound Authority (SIA)
- Vise Parking Enforcement (VPE)
If you have been a victim of an unethical and predatory booting company, we want to talk to you.
Vehicle Booting in Atlanta
Booting on private property is currently legal in Atlanta if the booting company complies with certain rules. Most booting companies in Atlanta have a history of ignoring those rules. For example, Atlanta requires booting companies to post certain signage at the entrance to each parking lot where booting occurs. Those signs are required to have important identifying information on them. For the last decade, Atlanta’s booting companies have not followed those laws.
After Matt Wetherington and Robert Friedman brought this practice to the public’s attention, the booting companies went to the City of Atlanta and lobbied for changes to the law. Their efforts were not successful. After heated debates between Wetherington and the booting companies, the City of Atlanta sided with Wetherington and passed additional reforms to the booting industry.
Vehicle Booting at Your Home
Booting companies use vehicle immobilization as a debt collection tool on behalf of landlords and HOAs. Booting companies boot tenants for failure to pay rent. This is a gross deviation from the intent of existing debt collection law. Citizens should not be deprived of their personal property because of a dispute with a landlord or HOA, especially without adequate notice. If you have been booted where you live, you may be entitled to compensation.
Vehicle Booting Outside Atlanta
Unless a community has an ordinance explicitly authorizing booting, it is unlawful. Some communities have made this fact clear by passing laws explicitly outlawing booting and establishing strict penalties for failure to follow the law. Cherokee County, Clayton County, Cobb County, Cumming, Gwinnett County, Kennesaw, Macon, Forsyth County, Savannah, and Tybee Island prohibit booting by private companies. Very few cities outside have ordinances that authorize vehicle booting. Booting is only legal in Georgia in the following communities:
- Atlanta, GA
- Decatur, GA
- DeKalb County, GA
- Doraville, GA
- Hapeville, GA
- Morrow, GA
- Sandy Springs, GA
- Smyrna, GA
- Union City, GA
Even within these cities, the booting companies must comply with the terms of the ordinance. In the absence of an enabling ordinance, vehicle booting is strictly illegal. Despite being illegal, many booting companies continue to boot in areas where they are not authorized to do so. For example, in metro-Atlanta, booting companies have charged as much as $1,5000 for a single vehicle boot. $500 vehicle boots are common:
If you have been booted in a city that does not authorize booting, call 9-1-1. Generally, the police will not help you. However, it is helpful to have a record of the booting. After reviewing your records, we will inform you of your next legal options.
Vehicle Booting Outside Georgia
If you have been booted outside of Georgia, we want to hear from you. We are currently pursuing booting lawsuits in several states, including Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, New York, North Carolina, and Texas. We handle booting cases exclusively on contingency. That means that we do not charge anything for consultations and we only get paid if we win your case.
Has a Booting Operator Threatened or Injured You?
We are currently pursuing several lawsuits where booting operators have assaulted or threatened people over parking enforcement. In 2018, booting operators shot a man, ran over a man, repeatedly pulled guns on people, and even tracked down and threatened to kill a man in his home after he reported an illegal booting to police.
If you have been a victim of violence from a booting operator, you may be entitled to recover substantial amounts from the booting company.