Subsidiaries of three auto companies and a bank that makes auto loans each sued Suffolk County in federal court this week, alleging the county wrongly held seized vehicles in which the plaintiffs held an interest.
The lawsuits allege Suffolk wrongly charged them for towing and storage.
Manhattan-based lawyer Nicholas Duston, representing leasing or lending arms of Hyundai, Nissan and Toyota; and the bank, Manufacturers and Traders Trust; filed the lawsuits in Eastern District of New York in Central Islip.
It seeks unspecified damages and a permanent injunction against “unconstitutional practices” by Suffolk County. The suits do not say how many vehicles may have been improperly held but called the county’s practices “regular and systematic.”
Duston filed a similar complaint in June on behalf of Santander Consumer, alleging the county wrongly seized a vehicle for which the bank was lienholder.
Dennis Cohen, an attorney for Suffolk County in the lawsuit, did