American Bar Association
Media Alerts
Media Alerts - Snider International Corp. v. Town of Forest Heights, et al. - Fourth Circuit
Decrease font size
Increase font size
April 3, 2014
  Snider International Corp. v. Town of Forest Heights, et al. - Fourth Circuit
Headline: Fourth Circuit Speeds Through Speed Camera Case

Area of Law: Due Process, Traffic Regulation

Issues Presented: Whether the use of first-class mail to notify drivers of speeding citations violates the Due Process Clause. Whether citations signed electronically may serve as sworn testimony.

Brief Summary:
After accumulating fifty-five speed camera violations, Eastover Auto Supply (officially "Snider International Corporation") filed a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland to challenge Maryland's speed camera policies. The district court granted summary judgment in favor of the towns, and Eastover Auto Supply appealed. Eastover Auto Supply contended that sending a speeding citation through the mail failed to satisfy the due process requirements of the Fourteenth Amendment. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that first class mail was reasonably calculated to reach Eastover Auto Supply, so the notice requirement was fulfilled. Turning to the evidentiary question, the Fourth Circuit ruled that because the claim had not been raised in state court, it would be improper to address the issue for the first time in federal court.

Panel: Judges King, Gregory, and Agee

Argument Date: 10/29/2013

Date of Issued Opinion: 01/07/2014

Docket Number: No. 12-2490

Decided: Affirmed

Case Alert Author: Steven Roy

Counsel: James S. Liskow, DECARO, DORAN, SICILIANO, GALLAGHER & DEBLASIS, LLP, Bowie, Maryland, for Appellants. Kevin Bock Karpinski, KARPINSKI, COLARESI & KARP, PA, Baltimore, Maryland, 2 for Appellees. ON BRIEF: Stephen H. Ring, Gaithersburg, Maryland; Christopher R. Dunn, DECARO, DORAN, SICILIANO, GALLAGHER & DEBLASIS, LLP, Bowie, Maryland, for Appellants. Sandra D. Lee, KARPINSKI, COLARESI & KARP, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellees.

Author of Opinion: Judge Gregory

Case Alert Supervisor: Professor Renée M. Hutchins

    Posted By: Renee Hutchins @ 04/03/2014 04:54 PM     4th Circuit  

FuseTalk Enterprise Edition - © 1999-2018 FuseTalk Inc. All rights reserved.

Discussion Board Usage Agreement

Back to Top