5,000+ illegal motorcycle modifications, battery chargers found, and bike modification fines to go up
A federal judge has set the deadline for people who illegally modify their bikes to repair their engines to pay $100,000 in fines and restitution.
The ruling came Tuesday in a case brought by the American Automobile Association and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland, Oregon.
Judge Stephen Leibowitz said the plaintiffs were breaking the law by using engine parts, batteries and electrical components that were sold legally but illegally altered by the defendants.
The defendants have been identified as a manufacturer of two motorcycles and one electric bike and a retailer of motorcycles and electric bikes.
The lawsuit alleged the defendants violated a federal law that prohibits selling or giving away a motor vehicle without a license or registration, but the judge said the defendants’ actions did not violate the law.
The U. S. Attorney said in a statement that the defendants have “repeatedly violated their duty to comply with the law and that they are not immune from prosecution under that law.”
Leibowson ordered the defendants to pay restitution to plaintiffs, as well as the American Motorcyclist Association, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the California Air Resources Board.
He ordered the manufacturers to pay all costs associated with the lawsuit.
He also ordered the plaintiffs to pay the penalties for their violations, including attorneys fees and court costs.
The judges order was a first for a federal court in Oregon, and Leibowsky did not immediately issue a stay on the order.
The court is considering a motion by the plaintiffs on Tuesday to dismiss the case, arguing the order is preempted by federal law.
“The U. s.
Attorneys Office is confident that the court will affirmatively reverse the injunctive relief and that defendants’ conduct is unconstitutionally discriminatory,” the attorneys wrote in the motion.
“Defendants’ conduct, as alleged, is contrary to all applicable laws, and plaintiffs have shown that they have failed to rebut this presumption.”
The ruling comes as part of a larger civil rights investigation by the Justice Department into the use of motorcycle engines, including by defendants.
A federal grand jury has also been investigating illegal motorcycle parts and battery chargings in a lawsuit brought by plaintiffs, including a cyclist who died after his motorcycle exploded on the way to work in 2012.
A federal grand trial in Portland last year was the first in the nation to be opened on motorcycle parts, charging that parts sold to the defendants were being used to make and sell illegal modifications.
The plaintiffs in the Portland case said in the lawsuit they were unaware of the possible harm to their engine from such parts.
In January, the Justice and Energy departments announced a federal investigation into the sale of engine parts to the dealerships, charging some of the defendants sold them to the wrong people.
In an affidavit, the Energy Department said the companies that sold parts to plaintiffs failed to report the sale to the FBI and failed to disclose that they sold to dealerships.
The Justice Department has also launched an investigation into some of those dealerships that sold to plaintiffs.
Leibowss ruling is the latest in a string of legal challenges to parts and accessories sold to customers and their suppliers by bike manufacturers.
In April, a federal judge ordered the maker of the Honda Civic to pay more than $100 million in damages to a cyclist whose motorcycle exploded after he hit an obstacle on his bike while riding.