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Chicago taxi surcharge fee class actions end in settlement deal for refunds, $48K attorney fees

Scott Holland Sep. 14, 2016, 1:58pm

Lawsuits targeting Chicago taxi companies and a payment processing company for adding a 50-cent surcharge to nearly 410,000 credit card payments over three-plus months this spring have been garaged, according to a settlement agreement filed Sept. 9 in Cook County Circuit Court. The deal ended the lawsuits in exchange for refunds of all improperly charged fees. Plaintiffs' lawyers received $48,000.

Zurich: Yellow Cab should defend itself vs taxi drivers' independent contractor lawsuit

Jonathan Bilyk Sep. 1, 2015, 3:57pm

While a federal appeals court ponders a lawsuit alleging taxi drivers should actually be considered employees and not independent contractors, an insurance company has asked a Cook County judge to declare one of the cab companies being sued should need to find some means other than an insurance claim to fund its defense against the allegations it has violated federal labor law in how it classifies and pays its drivers.