Friday, March 26, 2010

Bail Agent Group Sues Santa Ana County

SANTA ANA — The Orange County Bail Agents Association filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the city of Santa Ana for allowing agents representing bail bond companies to solicit business near jails and police stations.

Newport Beach-based attorney Richard P. Herman calls the solicitors “guerilla marketers” and claims in his request for a preliminary injunction that Santa Ana “got snookered” when city officials allowed the solicitation of bail business.

“It is sort of like giving a solicitors license to a hooker who would leave out the details,” Herman wrote in the lawsuit.

Herman also alleges the practice creates an unfair playing field for bail agents.

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