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Sep 24, 2012 7:27 AM by AP

Lafayette junked vehicle lawsuit settled

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Consolidated Government has paid $70,000 to a man who challenged the constitutionality of the city-parish's junked vehicle ordinance in a 2007 lawsuit. That's according to the settlement agreement.

The settlement between the city-parish and George Phillips Jr. was reached in July and finalized Aug. 13. As a condition of the settlement, the city-parish also agreed to pay up to $2,500 to cover Phillips' court costs.

The terms of the settlement were not released to The Advocate until Friday.

Phillips sued the city-parish in response to the seizure of four of his vehicles, all of which were parked at rental property owned by Phillips.

Phillips alleged in court records that the ordinance was unfairly vague and discriminated against people in certain areas of Lafayette.

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