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Class Action – Certification

By: Derek Hawkins//March 6, 2022

Class Action – Certification

By: Derek Hawkins//March 6, 2022

7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Case Name: Andrea Santiago v. City of Chicago

Case No.: 20-3522

Officials: FLAUM, KANNE, and SCUDDER, Circuit Judges.

Focus: Class Action – Certification

Andrea Santiago, a severely disabled Chicago resident, would leave her van parked on the street in front of her home for extended periods of time. In 2018, pursuant to the Chicago Municipal Code, her van was towed, impounded, and disposed of. She sued the City of Chicago on her own behalf and on behalf of others similarly situated, challenging the constitutionality of various aspects of the City’s scheme, among other things. She moved the district court to certify her suit as a class action, and the district court granted her motion in part. However, because the class certification order does not fully demonstrate the “rigorous analysis” required by Rule 23, an approval, at this point, constituted an abuse of discretion. We therefore vacate and remand for further consideration.

Vacated and remanded
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Derek A Hawkins is Corporate Counsel, at Salesforce.[/box]


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