Class Eligibility

You may be a class member if you received a citation resulting from a red light violation in the city of Chicago for infractions that took place between March 23, 2010 and May 17, 2015

Estimated Amount

Varies

If you paid a fine and/or late payment penalty you are eligible to receive a refund up to 50% of the amount you paid. Whether you will receive that amount depends on the number and type of claims class members submit to the City and the amount of attorneys’ fees and costs the court approves from the settlement fund. Attorneys’ fees and costs will be subtracted from the settlement fund as will amounts claimed for certain late payment penalty refunds and amounts refunded as a result of successful administrative hearings. After these amounts are deducted, the remainder of the settlement fund will be used for refunds. Each violation entitled to a refund will receive a pro rata share of the remaining settlement fund based upon the total number of violations submitted for refunds. If the total number of violations for which refunds are sought exceeds the amount available for refunds, then each individual violation will receive a pro rata portion of the available amount up to 50%. 50% of the amount paid is the maximum refund that could be available.

If you have not made a payment on an eligible violation, the outstanding indebtedness for that violation is eligible for a reduction of up to 50% per violation. The total amount of debt available for debt forgiveness is $12,000,000. If the number of claims for debt forgiveness exceeds $12,000,000, then the amount of debt forgiveness for each violation will be reduced in a pro rata amount so that the total debt forgiven for all violations does not exceed $12,000,000. In no event shall any violation receive more than a 50% debt forgiveness.

If you make payment on outstanding indebtedness for a violation, you will be eligible to participate in the debt forgiveness program to also receive forgiveness for late payment penalties associated with that debt.

If you requested a hearing for any violation under the City of Chicago Automated Enforcement Violation Review and Refund Ordinance of 2016 for any violation, you have the right to continue with the hearing you previously requested. You may also waive the hearing and receive your share of the settlement for either paid or unpaid amounts on that violation.

If you proceed with your hearing on a violation and prevail, you will receive either a full refund of amounts you previously paid or your debt for that violation will be forgiven in its entirety.

If you proceed with the hearing and are not successful, the prior liability will be confirmed and you will be entitled to no refund of previously paid amounts. If the violation is unpaid, your liability for the amount is confirmed, but you may be eligible to participate in the City’s debt forgiveness program if you pay the amount of the outstanding fine.

Proof of Purchase

Yes

Case Name

McKenzie-Lopez, et al. v. City of Chicago
Case No. 15 CH 4802
Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

and

Willis, et al. v. City of Chicago
Case No. 16 CH 14304
Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

Case Summary

There are two separate lawsuits pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The first lawsuit, McKenzie-Lopez, et. al v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 CH 4802, is a class action lawsuit brought by two motor vehicle owners who received various notices of red light camera and automated speed enforcement violations. They did not pay either the fine or request a hearing before the due date stated on the violation notices. Because they did not respond by the stated due date, the City issued Determinations of Liability for the violation and ordered them to pay the assessed fine and, if they failed to pay the fine by the stated due date, they were charged a late payment penalty of $100.00. The lawsuit alleges that the City of Chicago failed to follow the legal requirements for issuing the determinations of liability. Specifically, the Lawsuit alleges that the City failed to issue these motor vehicle owners, and all similarly situated motor vehicle owners, a second notice of violation before issuing the determinations of liability and by accelerating the time in which the motor vehicle owners had to respond. The Lawsuit also alleges that for certain violations the City improperly accelerated the time for imposing late payment penalties from 25 days to 21 days.

The second lawsuit Willis, et. al v. City of Chicago, Case No. 16 CH 14304, -has been brought by three motor vehicle owners to challenge the legality of the City of Chicago Automated Enforcement Violation Review and Refund Ordinance of 2016. The Review Ordinance authorized the City to provide motor vehicle owners who received determinations of liability for red light and automated speed enforcement violations received between March 23, 2010 and May 17, 2015 an additional opportunity to contest those violations by mail or in person. The Lawsuit alleges that the Ordinance is unlawful and unenforceable for a variety of reasons.

Settlement Pool

$26,750,000

Deadline

12/11/17

Contact


Myron M. Cherry mcherry@cherry-law.com
Jacie C. Zolna
jzolna@cherry-law.com
Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2300
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 372-2100 (telephone)

45 responses to “City if Chicago Red Light Camera Class Action Settlement”

  1. SHIRLEY WRIGHT says:

    What if you dont have the ticket # ? What do you do?

    ADMIN – Hi Shirley,

    You use the search tool provided by the City of Chicago as indicated in the settlement page.

  2. omar hudson says:

    The information is the system show I never got a ticket. I like to know how to you request all red light tickets under my car.

    ADMIN – Hi Omar,

    Only red light tickets captured with the camera are listed. You can always contact the city and request all your records under all plate numbers.

  3. Donna McCormick says:

    I did not receive a notification that I was eligible to submit a claim although I did receive a red light camera ticket during that time frame. Without the number on the notification form, and without the ticket number, how can I search for the ticket number? I have looked carefully though the Settlement Website and don’t find a way to search using either my name or license plate number.

    ADMIN – Hi Donna,

    Pretty easy. You visit this page and enter your plate # https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fin/provdrs/parking_and_redlightcitationadministration/svcs/pay_parking_and_red-lightticketson-line.html

  4. Aqeel Sims says:

    I have received quite a number of red light violations during that time-frame, however, the system is not accepting the ticket numbers that I entered. Am I not eligible for this?

    ADMIN – Hi Aqeel,

    Were this camera tickets or police issued tickets?

    • Ken Stanhibel says:

      I have received a number of camera only red light violation tickets which I had paid for. Am I eligible for any refunds for these tickets

      ADMIN – Hi Ken,

      Please refer to class eligibility. If you received said tickets during the qualified period you are most likely a class member.

  5. Cynthia Long says:

    When can I expect payment for my eligible tickets? The deadline passed December 11th and according to my letter, I have 8 eligible tickets

    ADMIN – Hi Cynthia,

    Settlements are paid once all appeals have cleared and the judge has finalized the case. It usually takes from months to years after the deadline to file.

  6. Shannon DeAlex says:

    Can I still file a claim for red light camera?

    ADMIN – Hi Shannon,

    The deadline was December 11 of last year. You may no longer file a claim.

  7. Alex says:

    Is this strictly limited to within the bounds of the City of Chicago or does it include the surrounding suburbs? Thank you.

    ADMIN – HI Alex,

    At this point it does not matter as the deadline has passed

  8. Monica Henderson says:

    I thought the final judgement will be made in February so we would know if we will be getting anything back or not

    ADMIN – Hi Monica,

    Yes, per the calendar the final hearing is scheduled for February. I believe after that there is still another opportunity for appeals.

  9. anthony phillips says:

    My single “red light ticket” was on 9-29-16. I neither had knowledge of or paid anything.

    What are my options?

    ADMIN – Hi Anthony,

    None now that deadline has passed.

  10. Imogene Lester says:

    I received several tickets against my license plate. I did not receive notifications of lawsuits filed on behalf of people like me. How come I am not automatically included in these suits based on the city’s records?

    ADMIN – Hi Imogene,

    Regardless the deadline has passed.

  11. Imogene Lester says:

    Isn’t the settlement based on actual ticketed citizens?

    ADMIN – Hi Imogene,

    This was for ticketed citizens I believe.

  12. Tynnetta Qaiyim says:

    When will payments/rebates be issued?

    ADMIN – Hi Tynnetta,

    Refunds will be mailed beginning late August, 2018. Under the Settlement Agreement two things must happen before refunds are calculated and processed. First, the Circuit Court of Cook County must give final approval to the Settlement; this is expected to take place in February, 2018. Second, the City must complete all administrative hearings requested under the Chicago Automated Enforcement Violation Review and Refund Ordinance of 2016. Until all requests to participate in the settlement are fully submitted by the claim deadline, the number of administrative hearings that must be conducted is unknown. The Settlement Agreement allows the City until next summer to complete these hearings. Once these two hurdles are cleared, the amounts of refunds will be calculated and refund payments will be made.

  13. Derrick Belton says:

    I have moved since sending in my form, I did put in a change of address but i am doing it again plus putting in this e-mail. Derrick Belton 8750 W. National Ave, West Allis, WI 53227, 414 467-0928.

    ADMIN – Hi Derrick,

    I am not the class action administrator. Scroll up to the main part of this page to locate their info

    • Derrick Belton says:

      It is late August and still havn’t seen or heard from anybody about my part of the settlement why the run around I am due this and now all the excuses.

  14. joaquin lopez says:

    I filled out my forms on time but its 4 months later and I haven’t heard anything about the settlement?
    Whats going on?

    ADMIN – Hi Joaquin,

    In the FAQ under the question “When will I receive my payment?” it reads as follows:

    Refunds will be mailed beginning late August, 2018. Under the Settlement Agreement two things must happen before refunds are calculated and processed. First, the Circuit Court of Cook County must give final approval to the Settlement; this is expected to take place in February, 2018. Second, the City must complete all administrative hearings requested under the Chicago Automated Enforcement Violation Review and Refund Ordinance of 2016. Until all requests to participate in the settlement are fully submitted by the claim deadline, the number of administrative hearings that must be conducted is unknown. The Settlement Agreement allows the City until next summer to complete these hearings. Once these two hurdles are cleared, the amounts of refunds will be calculated and refund payments will be made.

  15. Victoria Thompson says:

    I received a notification of in person review hearing. What is this hearing for? What defense can I use for this hearing? I know that I was apart of the second class that received violations between 2010 and 2015. But what exactly can I use as a defense to make this violations void?

    ADMIN – Hi Victoria,

    Consult with a lawyer. We are unable to provide you with legal advice.

  16. Dawn Patterson says:

    is there an updated date on pay outs

    ADMIN – Hi Dawn,

    I will check for you. I don’t recall anyone reporting checks

  17. Tammy D Williams says:

    Will it be soon that we will receive refunds for the red light cameras??

    ADMIN – Hi Tammy,

    This is what the class action administrator is disclosing for us:
    Refunds will be mailed beginning late August, 2018. Under the Settlement Agreement two things must happen before refunds are calculated and processed. First, the Circuit Court of Cook County must give final approval to the Settlement; this is expected to take place in February, 2018. Second, the City must complete all administrative hearings requested under the Chicago Automated Enforcement Violation Review and Refund Ordinance of 2016. Until all requests to participate in the settlement are fully submitted by the claim deadline, the number of administrative hearings that must be conducted is unknown. The Settlement Agreement allows the City until next summer to complete these hearings. Once these two hurdles are cleared, the amounts of refunds will be calculated and refund payments will be made.

  18. Shuriner Landers says:

    It is now August when can refunds be expected?

    ADMIN – Hi Shuriner,

    When I go to the official page and click on the FAQ addressing the timelines for payment it reads as follows:

    Refunds will be mailed beginning late August, 2018. Under the Settlement Agreement two things must happen before refunds are calculated and processed. First, the Circuit Court of Cook County must give final approval to the Settlement; this is expected to take place in February, 2018. Second, the City must complete all administrative hearings requested under the Chicago Automated Enforcement Violation Review and Refund Ordinance of 2016. Until all requests to participate in the settlement are fully submitted by the claim deadline, the number of administrative hearings that must be conducted is unknown. The Settlement Agreement allows the City until next summer to complete these hearings. Once these two hurdles are cleared, the amounts of refunds will be calculated and refund payments will be made.

  19. Shapearl Wells says:

    So I’m showing for 16 tickets my projected refund is less than 20.00 after I’ve paid 1000’s of dollars to this illegal system. So who exactly got the settlement money? Is the average person getting .45 cents to .89 cents per ticket? This is crazy! The city of chicago when’s again! Oh and the lawyers y’all checks are cleared too!

  20. Shavon Williams says:

    Has anyone received their refund yet?

  21. Neeta says:

    I’m showing .45 cents or .89 refund per ticket when I check the city of Chicago’s web site, has anyone received more? I thought we would at least get 50% of what we paid.

  22. Orlando Jones says:

    I received the settlement letter. The letter states payment is due thirty,(30) days after receipt of the later. I’m on Social Security Insurance, (SSI). I received my check the fourth, (4) Wednesday of the month. I will not have the money until September 26, 2018. I have NO, other means of payment until that time. This settlement is a great help considering the money that I owe for parking violations. Please advise.

    Thanks for your assistance.

    Sincerely,
    Orlando JoneS

    ADMIN – Hi Orlando,

    Your individual circumstances which are not related to the case don’t affect the timeline for distribution. Also keep in mind that this settlement has nothing to do with parking violations.

  23. Dawn P says:

    I received a debt extinguishment notice today. The original due was $244 if I pay in 30days it will be reduce to me paying only $21, after the 30 day it will go back to $244

  24. Nina Dez says:

    Where can I check the status and amount of the refund I am receiving…?

    ADMIN – Hi Nina,

    They posted an update on the official page. Just use the link we provided.

    • Jay says:

      Where is this updated link you speak of

      ADMIN – Hi Jay,

      The average refund will be about $36, the checks will be mailed out at the end of the month

  25. Jay says:

    Average refund of 38$ per violation?

    ADMIN – Hi Jay,

    I heard from a community member that the actual amount is lower.

  26. John Papiez says:

    How do i check to see wut they say wut my refund amount is

    ADMIN – Hi John,

    Try reaching out to the class action administrator.

  27. Jeffery F. says:

    Any news on when the payouts coming?

    ADMIN – Hi Jeffery,

    I believe people have started receiving letters indicating the amount they will receive.

  28. Angry motorist says:

    I had 16 red light tickets that I paid off $244 x 16=$3904 in total. The settlement states that we will get back 50% of what we paid $1952 but I’m only getting back $490. I need answers to how they came up with this amount because that is no where near half

    ADMIN – Hi Angry,

    Your best resource is going to be the class action administrator.

  29. Jay says:

    So your saying you receive a letter first before you get a check is what you saying Admin

    ADMIN – Hi Jay,

    That is what I am hearing from other class members.

  30. Angelica Pabon says:

    When will we be receiving the payment ?

    ADMIN – Hi Angelica,

    According to the website payments will be made at the end of this month.

  31. Deborah Snyder says:

    It’s August 30 2018 and I still have not received anything about my refund what’s going on.

    ADMIN – Hi Deborah,

    Please reach out to class counsel or the class action administrator to check.

  32. Tony says:

    It’s August 31st, 2018 and still no response from the City regarding the refunds. You mentioned reaching out to the class counsel or class action administrator to check on the status. Can you give us their name, contact information, or link to get this data? There have been several inquiries and that has confused my being able to follow the list of questions. Thanks.

    ADMIN – Hi Tony,

    Myron M. Cherry mcherry@cherry-law.com
    Jacie C. Zolna
    jzolna@cherry-law.com
    Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC
    30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2300
    Chicago, Illinois 60602
    (312) 372-2100 (telephone)

  33. Nyna Ligon says:

    When will the refunds be issued. First they said February 2018 and now August 2018

    ADMIN – Hi Nyna,

    So far nobody reported having received payment for this settlement.

  34. Kimesha Green says:

    They have started sending checks out but not half of way I paid I only got 29.76

  35. Trena B says:

    I have not received a letter telling me anything. I bet a lot of us will receive nothing.

  36. Tish P says:

    $14.57 – what the hell???

    ADMIN – Hi Tish,

    That is super low. I am sorry about that.

  37. W.B says:

    I received 3 checks under $15, another for $48.00 and one for $55.00 waiting on 2 more definitely not 50% not even 25%. This is not even 1/3rd of what I paid out. I would like to know how they are doing the computation for these refunds because these checks are a joke.

    ADMIN – Hi WB,

    I believe they had a higher # of people claiming than they ever expected.

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