Ferguson, Missouri to settle ‘improper’ court fees lawsuit for $1.7 million

The city of Ferguson has agreed to pay nearly $1.7 million to settle a five-year-old lawsuit alleging the north St. Louis County municipality had charged illegal court fees.

A preliminary settlement of the class-action lawsuit was approved by St. Louis County Circuit Judge Joseph Dueker on Tuesday, with a hearing to grant final approval set for May 6.

Lawyers who filed the class-action suit in 2015 argued that three court fees charged by Ferguson — failure to appear, warrant recall and letter fees — had no beneficial value other than to generate revenue for the city.