Boots & Hanks Towing in
The two sides have been at loggerheads since
The dispute centers on the reasonableness of the fees and a disagreement over whether Erie is a crime victim, which would exempt it from paying any storage fees under a city ordinance.
Erie also contends it's being unfairly penalized because neither
"Simply put, Erie fell asleep at the wheel," Gibbons said. "The reason Erie did not learn anything about the vehicle until
In a second order issued in November, Gibbons rejected Erie's claim it was exempt from the fees as a crime victim. He said the law only treats insurers as a victim relating to matters of restitution for injuries to a person or property.
"This is not a restitution issue; Erie is not, then, a victim," Gibbons said.
Gibbons did not decide how much Boots & Hanks was owed. He urged both sides to work out a compromise.
In court records, Erie says it offered
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