Class action: Evanston can't charge 'convenience fees' to people paying tickets online

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Feb 6, 2019

CHICAGO — A class action lawsuit has accused the city of Evanston of improperly charging convenience fees to people using a credit card to pay tickets online.

Plaintiff Lon Berkeley filed a complaint on Jan. 22 in Cook County Circuit Court against Evanston, alleging the city charges convenience fees or surcharges that exceed the limit set by law.

According to the complaint, the city has allegedly unlawfully forced Berkeley and others to pay convenience fees or surcharges that exceed the legal limitation, on top of fines for violation tickets being paid using a credit card at Evanston's website,, which is operated by a third party. 

The plaintiffs request a trial by jury and seek judgment against defendant for damages, certification of class action, establishment of a constructive trust, award of restitution and attorney fees and costs.

Plaintiffs are represented in the action by the Progressive Law Group, of Chicago.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 19-CH-847.

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