The Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, which operates as MTA Bridges and Tunnels, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are the defendants in a proposed class action lawsuit that challenges the bridge and tunnel operators’ alleged practice of charging an annual $6 fee to E-ZPass consumers looking to receive monthly paper billing statements by mail.
The complaint explains that MTA Bridges and Tunnels operates seven bridges and two tunnels in New York City while its co-defendant operates the six bridges and tunnels that connect New York and New Jersey. Filed in the Southern District of New York, the lawsuit claims that the defendants’ $6 monthly paper billing statement fee is prohibited under New York General Business Law, which the plaintiff argues prohibits companies from charging additional rates or fees for those who choose to receive paper billing statements.
According to the case, the plaintiff, a Brooklyn resident, has held an EZ-Pass account with the defendants for “many years.” The man claims he has been charged a fee to receive paper billing statements by mail since at least 2016. The lawsuit says the defendants received from the plaintiff in September 2019 a settlement demand that the transit authorities, according to the suit, refused to take up.
“Defendants have failed and refused to make payment to Plaintiff in accordance with said Notice Claim (‘Exhibit A’) for more than sixty (60) days and up to commencement of this action,” the lawsuit states.
Included in the proposed class are all current and/or former New York residents who were charged a $6 monthly fee by the defendants to receive paper billing statements.