Solis, et al. v. Hilco Redevelopment LLC, et al. – Little Village Smokestack Settlement

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Case No. 20-cv-02348

Submit a Claim

Welcome to the Website for the Little Village Smokestack Settlement

If you or your property were impacted by the demolition of the smokestack at the former Crawford Coal Plant in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood in April 2020, you may be entitled to a cash payment.

  • This Settlement Website and the Notice is to notify you of a proposed Settlement of a class action lawsuit. The lawsuit stems from the demolition of a smokestack on April 11, 2020, at the former Crawford Coal Plant, which was located at 3501 South. Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60623. The Defendants are Hilco Redevelopment, LLC, HRE Crawford, LLC, and HRP Exchange 55, LLC (collectively, “Hilco”), MCM Management Corp., Controlled Demolition, Inc., and Marine Technology Solutions LLC (“Defendants”).

  • The Defendants have agreed to pay $12,250,000 to settle this lawsuit. This money will be used to pay Class Members, and to pay for attorneys’ fees, costs, and other expenses. The settlement doesn’t decide who is right, but rather is a compromise to end the lawsuit and avoid the uncertainties and costs associated with a trial.

  • You are a Class Member and included in the Settlement if you were present or owned personal or real property in the following geographic area on April 11, 2020: 33rd & Kedzie, west to 33rd & Klibourn, north to Kilbourn & Cermak, east to Cermak & Ogden, northeast to Ogden & California, south to 26th St. & California, west to 26th St. & Sacramento, south to Sacramento & 31st St., west to 31st St. & Kedzie, south to 33rd & Kedzie. This area is referred to as the Class Boundaries and is shown on the map included on page 10 of the Notice and here.

  • You may also scan this QR code to see the Class Boundaries map on your device:

    QR Code to view Class Boundaries Map
  • If you received a mailed Notice, you have been identified as a potential Class Member. If you are a Class Member, you are entitled to submit a claim for a share of the Settlement.

  • Please read the Notice carefully. Your legal rights and options, and the deadlines to exercise them, are explained below. Your legal rights are affected, whether you act or don’t act.

YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT
WHAT YOU CAN DO
WHAT IT MEANS
DATE / DEADLINE

SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM

This is the only way to receive a cash payment. If you submit a Claim Form, you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement.

March 26, 2024

DO NOTHING

You will not receive a cash payment, and you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement.

N/A

EXCLUDE YOURSELF

If you ask to be excluded, you will not receive a cash payment under the Settlement and you will not be bound by the terms of the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to ever be part of any other lawsuit against Defendants about the legal claims in this case.

February 26, 2024

OBJECT

Remain a Class Member but write to the Court about why you don’t like the Settlement.

February 26, 2024

GO TO A HEARING

Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the Settlement.

February 26, 2024

The court in charge of this case must still decide whether to approve the Settlement. Payments will be made if the Court approves the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved. Please be patient.

Upcoming Important Dates

Claim Deadline

03/26/2024

Final Approval Hearing at 9:30 a.m.

04/22/2024