Description: Challenge to agreement between the City of Chicago and a private company granting the company control over the City's parking meter system for 75 years.
Uetricht v. Chicago Parking Meters, LLC
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/10/2021 Motion to Dismiss Download Memorandum of law filed in support of motion to dismiss. 06/23/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Chicago Residents Asserted Parking Meter Monopoly Would Inhibit Carbon-Free Transportation Alternatives. Three Chicago residents filed a lawsuit challenging an agreement under which the City of Chicago granted a private company “monopoly control over the City’s parking meter system for an astonishing 75-year-long period.” The plaintiffs alleged the agreement was made “without regard for changes in transportation resulting from climate change and the imperative need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.” They also alleged that they faced loss or damage from paying for “an increasingly outmoded parking system” that “delays or inhibits the increased use or availability of better carbon free means of transportation.” They asserted that the agreement and the company’s monopoly control over City parking meters violated the Sherman Act and that the company’s operations under the agreement constituted an unfair trade practice in violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act.