A federal judge in Rhode Island has ruled that a cash-strapped Cleveland suburb must pay at least $638,000 after defaulting on a years-old bill owed to an insolvent traffic camera company that was based in Providence, Rhode Island.
The total could reach $1 million if an attorney for the receiver overseeing the insolvency seeks interest and attorney fees. The attorney said during a court hearing Wednesday in Rhode Island that the city never responded to attempts to settle the case.
The law director for East Cleveland said Wednesday the judge would not allow him to represent the city in the lawsuit. Ronald Riley says East Cleveland couldn’t afford to hire outside counsel and won’t be able to pay the judgment. East Cleveland is one of the poorest cities in Ohio.