Williams, et al. v. Retirement Plan for CTA Employees, et al.

This official website is maintained by the Court-appointed Claims Administrator under the supervision of Lead Counsel for the Class in the Action entitled, Williams, et al. v. Retirement Plan for CTA Employees, et al.,No:11 CH 15446 (the “Settlement”), pending in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois.

***IMPORTANT CASE UPDATE***

Initial distributions to eligible Class Members and the Next of Kin of eligible Class Members is scheduled to be mailed on December 29, 2023. The amount will be greater than the estimated amount provided to you previously because it includes interest since June 29, 2023, when the settlement funds were paid into escrow, and because the Settlement Administrator has been unable to locate certain Class Members or their Next of Kin.


You will have 90 days, until March 28, 2024, to cash or deposit the check. Thereafter, your check shall be void and you will not be entitled to receive any payment under this Settlement.


You should consult with your tax advisor to determine the tax consequences, if any, of this Settlement payment. The Settlement Administrator and Class Counsel cannot provide tax advice.

If you are the Next of Kin of a deceased Class Member who did not return a properly completed W-9 form, the Settlement Administrator has sent 24% of your total payment to the IRS as back-up withholding. You will receive a tax form for 2023 identifying the amount of back-up withholding sent to the IRS.


To the extent any Settlement funds remain after March 28, 2024, you may receive a second distribution 60 to 90 days thereafter.


All inquiries and address changes should be in writing, reference your Class Member ID and/or check number, and be sent to the Settlement Administrator at: Williams, et al. v. Retirement Plan for CTA Employees, et al., c/o Kroll Settlement Administration LLC, PO Box 225391, New York, NY 10150-5391.



On May 25, 2023, an Order Preliminarily Approving Settlement was entered, pursuant to which a Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement (“Notice”) has been mailed by USPS first class mail to all Class Members at their last known address.


Effective September 22, 2023, the Proof of Kinship and the Change of Address Forms will be accepted through and including October 16, 2023.

 

PLEASE READ THE NOTICE CAREFULLY.

 

The information contained on this website is only a summary of information presented in more detail in the Notice. Because this website is just a summary, you should review the Notice carefully for additional information.

 

If you are a Chicago Transit Authority (“CTA”) retiree hired on or before September 5, 2001, who retired from the CTA before January 1, 2007, was eligible for retiree health benefits on July 1, 2009, and have not previously opted out of the Class, you are a Class Member entitled to participate in the Settlement.


Summary of Your Legal Rights and Options

DO NOTHINGYou will receive a check for your final individual settlement amount and be bound by the Settlement Agreement. You will give up the claims that are released by the Settlement Agreement.
FILE A STATEMENT IN SUPPORT OR OBJECTION

You may submit a timely written statement in support of or objection to the Settlement. If the Settlement is approved despite any objection you submit, you will remain a member of the Class and still give up your rights to bring any claims that are released by the Settlement Agreement. Class Members need not submit a statement in support of the Settlement to obtain their Individual Settlement Amount.    

This is the only authorized Settlement website. Please contact the Claims Administrator with any questions regarding the Settlement and your rights under the Settlement Agreement, by submitting the Contact Form at the Contact page of this website, or:
Phone
(833) 747-6924
Mail
Williams, et al. Retirement Plan for CTA Employees, et al.
c/o Kroll Settlement Administration LLC
PO Box 225391
New York, NY 10150-5391
Important Dates related to the Settlement are posted on each page of the website.
Frequently Asked Questions are included in the Notice and can also be found at the FAQ page of this website.
Important documents related to the Settlement can be found at the Documents page of this website.

Documents

Please read for a full explanation of the settlement and your options and all applicable timelines.

Contact

Contact us with any inquiries, comments, and/or requests.

Submit a W-9

Click here to safely and securely submit a W-9 Form.

Important Dates

  • Proof of Kinship Form Deadline

    Friday, September 8, 2023

    You must complete and send your Proof of Kinship form so that it is postmarked or received no later than September 8, 2023.

    *Forms will be accepted through and including October 16, 2023*

  • Change of Address Form Deadline

    Monday, September 25, 2023

    You must complete and mail your Change of Address form no later than Monday, September 25, 2023, so that it is postmarked or received no later than September 25, 2023.

    *Forms will be accepted through and including October 16, 2023*

  • Objection Deadline

    Monday, September 25, 2023 Any objection must be delivered by hand, overnight delivery service, or USPS first class mail to Class Counsel and Defendants' counsel addresses listed in the Notice
  • Settlement Hearing Date

    Monday, October 23, 2023 The Settlement Hearing is scheduled for October 23, 2023. Please check this website for updates.

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