Yang v. G&G Towing / Patner Properties

This website contains information and documents regarding a class action in the Circuit Court for Montgomery County, Yang v. G&C Gulf, d/b/a G&G Towing, Case No. 403885-V.

What is this lawsuit about?

Between April 16, 2012 and mid-2017, G&G Towing “involuntarily towed” approximately 28,000 vehicles in Montgomery County, Maryland – that is, the person whose vehicle was towed was parked in a private parking lot and did not request that G&G Towing tow the vehicle. This type of towing is commonly known as “trespass towing.” The lawsuit alleges that G&G Towing used predatory and aggressive towing tactics that violated duties imposed under state law (the Maryland Tow Act, Md. Code Ann., Transp. § 21-10A-01, et seq.), the Montgomery County Towing Law (Montgomery County Code,
​§ 30C-1, et seq.) and the common law. 

Current Status

On May 3, 2016, the Circuit Court for Montgomery County entered judgment against G&G Towing in the amount of $22 million, in favor of the certified Plaintiff Class, finding that the towing company had violated specific duties imposed by law.
Click here to see a copy of the Judgment.  In entering the Judgment, the Court considered much of the evidence in the case and made specific Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law regarding the towing practices of G&G Towing.

G&G Towing voluntarily paid $335,000 in partial satisfaction of the Judgment and, as of June 2017, has ceased its trespass towing operations.  On April 26, 2016, the certified Plaintiff added as Defendants to this lawsuit a Defendant Class of Parking Lot owners, managers and agents – 600 or so Parking Lot owners, managers and agents, each of whom had contracted with G&G Towing to provide trespass towing services.   Plaintiffs allege that the members of the Defendant Class are jointly and severally liable for G&G Towing’s violations of the duties imposed under the law.

Status of the Defendant Class

The Class Representative for the Defendant Class – Bruce Patner d/b/a Patner Properties – mounted a vigorous defense on behalf of the Defendant Class.   Nonetheless, on November 14, 2016, following briefing and oral argument, the Circuit Court for Montgomery County issued an Order finding that the following Parking Lot owners, managers and agents properly should be certified and treated as a Defendant Class:

      All Parking Lot owners, managers and agents who entered into a written contract
      with G&G Towing for the provision of trespass towing services which resulted in
      one or more vehicles being towed from the Parking Lot between April 16, 2012
      and January 7, 2016.

The court appointed Bruce Patner t/a Patner Properties as named representative of the Defendant Class. 
Click here to see a copy of the Court’s Order certifying the Defendant Class.

Following the certification of the Defendant Class, the Defendants took the extraordinary step of petitioning the Maryland Court of Appeals – Maryland’s highest Court – for issuance of a Writ of Mandamus (the “Petition”), asking that the Court of Appeals order the Circuit Court for Montgomery County to vacate and reverse its November 14, 2016 Order certifying the Defendant Class.  The Court of Appeals denied the Petition.

Plaintiff Class Counsel

The Circuit Court for Montgomery County has appointed Richard S. Gordon, Benjamin H. Carney and Ashley A. Wetzel as attorneys for the Plaintiff Settlement Class.   Mr. Gordon is appointed to serve as Lead Counsel.  Here’s their contact information:

Richard S. Gordon
Benjamin H. Carney
Ashley A. Wetzel
100 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 100
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 825-2300
(410) 825-0066 Fax

Defendant Class Counsel

The Circuit Court for Montgomery County has appointed James P. Ulwick and Jean E. Lewis of the law firm Kramon & Graham as attorneys for the Defendant Settlement Class. Mr. Ulwick is also appointed to serve as Lead Counsel. Here’s their contact information:

James P. Ulwick
Jean E. Lewis
Kramon & Graham, PA
One South Street, Suite 2600
​Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 752-6030
(410) 361-8219 Fax