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In the spring of 2008, Crown Auto Center—along with four other New Haven towing companies—petitioned the City to investigate whether another towing operator, Anthony Monaco, had improperly gained a second spot on the police department’s towing rotation.

1 As established by New Haven’s "tow truck ordinance," the police department must rotate municipal towing assignments among eligible towers on a "reasonably fair, equitable, and nondiscriminatory basis . . . ." 2 Writing to the City, Crown and other protesting towers alleged that Mr. Monaco, already the owner of one towing outfit, Lombard Motors, had created a "new" sham business—Anthony’s High-Tech—in an illegitimate attempt to gain a second spot on the rotation and thus increase his share of the City’s towing assignments.3 Their letter to New Haven’s then-Corporation Counsel, John Ward, noted that Anthony’s was located next-door to Lombard and that Mr. Monaco remained the landlord for both properties.4