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Lebanon School District settles lawsuit over truancy fines

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LEBANON, Pa. (WHTM) -

The Lebanon School Board said it has approved a settlement that will cost the district about $265,000 to resolve a federal lawsuit over excessive truancy fines.

The class action lawsuit was filed by parents of truant students who were fined more than the state limit of $300 per absence.

As part of the settlement, the district agreed to refund a total of $108,000 for fines collected above the $300 limit between 2004 and 2009.

According to a district news release, the largest single cost in the settlement was the reimbursement of attorneys' fees totaling $147,000 to the plaintiffs' lawyers, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia.

In November, U.S. Middle District Chief Judge Yvette Kane ruled in a pre-trial opinion that, even though the district did nothing wrong, it was unjustly enriched by receiving the fines.

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