New Lawsuit Seeks To Void Thousands Of Chicago Texting-And-Driving Tickets | WBEZ
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New Lawsuit Seeks To Void Thousands Of Chicago Texting-And-Driving Tickets

Last month, attorney Jacie Zolna won a $39 million settlement from the city of Chicago over red light camera tickets.

Now, in a class-action lawsuit filed Tuesday, Zolna is taking aim at distracted driving tickets.

“It’s kinda like the city up to its old antics again,” Zolna said.

The lawsuit claims all of the tickets issued between 2010 and 2015 should have been tried in state traffic court, but instead the city handled them with its own administrative hearings.

“So really the city stacks the deck in its favor. ... Now the reason they did that is a little bit more nefarious."

Zolna said the city was supposed to share the fees with the state and county, but by keeping the tickets in administrative court Chicago was able to keep all of the funds for itself.

A spokesman for the city’s law department declined to comment because they had not yet reviewed the complaint.

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