A lawsuit filed against the city of Chicago over its red light and speed camera programs was granted class-action status by a Cook County judge on Wednesday, meaning the case’s outcome could affect up to 1.5 million motorists.
The lawsuit alleges that the city failed to provide motorists with due process by issuing final determination notices for tickets sooner than the law allowed. The lawsuit also claims that some motorists did not receive second notices of violation and were improperly hit with late fees.
In 2012, the city changed the late-fee assessment date from 21 days to 25 days after a ticket’s due date. Following that change, some motorists were still assessed late fees 21 days after the ticket’s due date.
If the plaintiffs succeed in the case, the city would be on the hook for refunding millions to impacted drivers.
Under an ordinance approved by the Chicago City Council in September, the Emanuel administration is allowing people to contest about 1.5 million tickets that were issued between March 23, 2010, through May 14, 2015.