In January 2011, the Law Center and the Pennsylvania NAACP filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania against the Lebanon School District to compel the District to stop collecting and to repay truancy fines to 500 families. The complaint alleges that the fines set by the District exceed the $300 per citation state limit. In August 2013, the Federal District Court in Harrisburg has officially approved a plan for the Lebanon School District to return more than $100,000 to parents for excessive truancy fines it collected.
Settlement Reached; Parents Saved Over $430,000 in Fines
Both Sides File for Summary Judgment
Motion for Class Certification Granted
100% of Unpaid Excessive Fines Reduced