She Didn't Mind Paying the 60-Cent Toll. But the Extra Buck Made Her Call a Lawyer.
Kemp and her attorney, Thomas Corea, are looking for all comers with similar complaints; they want this sucker to turn into a class action. Because they insist the ZipCash option -- which, at least back in '07, no one bothered to pay anyway -- goes against the Texas Constitution: "Defendants lack the statutory authority to charge the fee." Furthermore, they insist, TxDOT and TexasTollways -- the North Texas Tollway Authority is not named nor ever mentioned in the suit -- "only have the authority to charge fees to individuals that establish a toll tag account, which Ms. Kemp did not do." I wouldn't chuck that TollTag out the window just yet, but as the Startlegram reminded earlier this month, Kemp could probably find a few folks willing to jump into her suit.
Update at 10:32 a.m.: Sherita Coffelt, spokesperson for the NTTA, says the reason it's not named in the lawsuit is because it didn't take control of State Highway 121 till September 2008. It became the Rayburn in May of this year.