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.
Chicago’s far Southeast Side residents are applauding progress in their campaign against petcoke storage in their community, but say they aren’t done fighting for a complete city ban on the oil refining byproduct.
Speaking at a press conference Thursday morning, members of the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke said they secured a major victory now that, under a city order, a company storing petcoke in their community can no longer have uncovered outdoor piles of the material.
A federal judge has denied class action certification for a case stemming from the Harris v. Quinn U.S. Supreme Court decision, which involved Illinois home health care workers and the issue of union “fair-share” fees.
The Alexander County Housing Authority and its four past directors were hit with a federal class-action lawsuit Tuesday by residents who claim they have faced “rampant race discrimination and family status discrimination” as well as “substantial rent overcharges.”
Former Dunkin’ Donuts franchise workers filed a federal class action lawsuit Wednesday, alleging wage theft at 16 downtown Chicago locations operated by the same owner.
The suit alleges that the franchise owner frequently made unauthorized deductions from workers’ paychecks for cash register shortages, manipulated time cards and failed to pay the minimum wage and overtime.
Christina Padilla, 23, is one of two former Dunkin’ Donuts franchise workers named as plaintiffs in the suit, which is seeking class action status to cover over 100 current and former employees of the locations in question.
“Workers have [had their] wages stolen, and they have been mistreated until they quit,” Padilla said in announcing the class action suit.
Chicago seniors living in three affordable housing buildings sued their landlord Presbyterian Homes on Friday over its plan to sell the properties and force out residents next year.
Residents of the three subsidized-rent senior apartment buildings, operated by Evanston-based Presbyterian Homes, filed a class action lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court in an effort to prevent their “lifetime leases” at the properties from being broken.
Over 100 residents at the three independent living facilities on Chicago’s North Side — Crowder Place, Devon Place and Mulvey Place, which are known collectively as the Neighborhood Homes — were notified by Presbyterian Homes in mid-August that the buildings would be sold, reportedly to a market-rate developer, due to financial reasons and residents would have to move out by November 2016.