Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois

NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT REGARDING IMPROPER

FILING FEES IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS

The Court authorized this notice. This is not a solicitation from a lawyer.

IF YOU PAID A FILING FEE BETWEEN JULY 25, 2009 THROUGH FEBRUARY 21, 2017 IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS TO FILE A MOTION OR PETITION TO RECONSIDER, VACATE, OR MODIFY AN INTERLOCUTORY JUDGMENT OR ORDER OF COURT, THIS NOTICE CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT PERTAINS TO YOU. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY.  YOU MAY GET A PAYMENT FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT. 

The Court in charge of this case still must decide whether to approve the proposed Settlement. Payments will not be made until the Court approves the Settlement and any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.

Your Legal Rights and Options with this Settlement:

Receive your share of the settlement

If you are a member of the Settlement Class, then you are eligible for a payment.  You must submit a Claim Form as described in Question 10 in the Notice. Claim Forms must be submitted online or postmarked by the deadline of January 30, 2021

Exclude Yourself

You have the option to exclude yourself, or “Opt-Out” of this Settlement by following the directions in Question 14 in the Notice.  If you do so, you will get no payment. This is the only option that allows you to be part of any other lawsuit against Defendants based on the allegations made in this case.  The deadline for excluding yourself from the Settlement is January 15, 2021.

Object

Write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement by following the directions in Question 19 in the Notice.  The deadline for submitting a written objection to the Settlement is January 15, 2021.

Do Nothing

If you do nothing, you will get no payment and be bound by the Final Approval Order approving the Settlement.

Go to the Final Approval Hearing

You are not required to attend or speak at the Final Approval Hearing.  If you submit a timely and valid written objection to the Settlement, the Court will consider your objection without any further action on your part.  But, if you wish, you may request permission to speak at the Final Approval Hearing by following the directions in Question 23 in the Notice.  The Final Approval Hearing occurred on March 8, 2021, and the Court approved the Settlement.