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What is this Lawsuit about?
A Settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago. The class action lawsuit involves whether Chicago Police Department improperly contacted the lienholder rather than the owner of vehicles that were impounded due to drug related offense between March 28, 2013 and August 1, 2015. The Court has not determined who is right, and the Parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit.
Who is Included?
You may be a member of the Settlement Class if you owned one of the 356 vehicles that were impounded by the City of Chicago under Chicago Municipal Code § 7-24-225 for a State of Illinois drug related offense where the seizure did not result in forfeiture of the vehicle and the City of Chicago initiated contact with your finance company (lienholder) or lessor of the vehicle and demanded that company take possession of the vehicle, during the period of March 28, 2013 through August 1, 2015, and as a result: (1) you were permanently deprived of your vehicle due to the lienholder taking possession of your vehicle; or (2) you were temporarily deprived of the use and possession of your vehicle.
What does the Settlement provide?
Eligible Class members who file a valid Claim Form may receive a one-time payment of up to the fair market value of their vehicle when it was seized. The Settlement Fund of $4,950,000 will provide for valid claim payments, Attorneys’ Fees, incentive payments to the named Plaintiffs, and Administrative Expenses.