- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 9, 2014

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Seven small cities in St. Louis County are the targets of public-interest lawsuits involving their traffic courts.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1yx8amz ) reports that the cities of Beverly Hills, Fenton, Ferguson, Jennings, Pine Lawn, Wellston and Velda City are accused of charging illegal fees in their municipal courts.

The county’s network of local courts has come under criticism since Michael Brown’s police shooting death. Critics say many local governments disproportionately rely on revenue from traffic tickets to fund basic city services.

The suits allege violations under Missouri consumer fraud laws. Lawyers expect to soon file suits against additional cities in St. Louis County.

Attorneys for Fenton and Ferguson declined to comment until they could read the suits.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com

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