District of Columbia Vehicle and Cash Civil Forfeiture Settlement

Settlement Structure: Claims Made

Active: Closed

Closed Settlement Statement:

According to court documents, the claim submission deadline has passed. Please contact the claims administrator if you have any questions.

Case Summary:

The District of Columbia is settling a class action about vehicles and money seized for civil forfeitures through its Metropolitan Police Department. The complaint alleged that vehicles were held for more than thirty days without proper notice, or money that was held for more than a year without notice.

Docket Number:

13-0569 (CRC)

Company: District of Columbia – Washington, DC

Filing Deadline: March 22, 2021

Class Period: April 25, 2010 to June 15, 2015

Objection Deadline: January 6, 2021

Exclusion Deadline: January 6, 2021

Final Approval Hearing: March 9, 2021

Proof of Purchase:

You do not have to provide proof. Presumably District of Columbia records will be used to verify claims.


You may be eligible if, between April 25, 2010 and June 15, 2015, the District of Columbia, via its Metropolitan Police Department, did either of the following: (1) seized your vehicle as under civil forfeiture laws and held it for more than thirty days (or more than fifteen but fewer than thirty if the vehicle was not held as evidence), or (2) seized your currency under civil forfeiture laws, did not return it, and did not give you proper notice within a year.

Typical Settlement Amount:

Vehicle forfeitures: For vehicles held for more than 30 days, each day after 30 days, $30 for standard vehicles, $50 for specialty vehicles; minimum of $250. For vehicles held more than 15 but fewer than 30 days, $250. Vehicles still in the District’s possession will be returned if claimants hold good title to them.

Money forfeitures: Up to 75% of the amount seized. Final amounts depend on the number of claims received and the total amount forfeited.

Total Settlement Amount: $3,950,000

Class Representative Proposed Incentive Fee:

$133,000 in total

Law Firms:
Claiborne Law
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

Claim Form: District of Columbia Vehicle and Cash Civil Forfeiture Settlement Claim Forms

Case Name: Hoyte, et al. v. Government of the District of Columbia

Settlement Website: District of Columbia Vehicle and Cash Civil Forfeiture Settlement Website

Claims Administrator:
JND Legal Administration

Claims Administrator Contact Information:

Hoyte, et al. v. District of Columbia
c/o JND Legal Administration
P.O. Box 91238
Seattle, WA 98111

Tags: Forfeiture, Police Action, Retention Without Proper Notice