California law requires home alarm companies to inform their customers of required permit fees. Specifically, in Villegas v. ADT LLC et al, Case No. B260761 (LASC Case No. BC510665), the California Court of Appeal held that in Los Angeles, alarm companies must disclose the $34 permit fee required by the City of Los Angeles. In fact, the Court of Appel held that ADT’s contracts failed to disclose the $34 permit fee in violation of California law. On top of that, the court found that ADT’s contracts and its fine print failed to immunize it from compliance with the law. What does this mean? ADT may be responsible for reimbursing its Los Angeles customers the amount of the permit fee and any penalties paid for failing to have a permit.
If you have paid a penalty to the City of Los Angeles for failing to have a home alarm system permit, please email us to learn how you can become involved in this ongoing class action. If you currently have a home alarm system monitored by ADT and don’t have a permit, please email us to learn about how you can become involved in this class action.