There were two separate lawsuits filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The first lawsuit, McKenzie-Lopez, et al. v. City of Chicago, Case No. 15 CH 4802, was a class action brought by two motor vehicle owners who received various notices of red light camera and automated speed enforcement violations. They did not pay 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. The lawsuit alleged that the City of Chicago failed to follow the legal requirements for issuing the determinations of liability. Specifically, the lawsuit alleged 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 accelerated the time in which the motor vehicle owners had to respond. The lawsuit also alleged 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, was 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 alleged that the Ordinance was unlawful and unenforceable for a variety of reasons.