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Current Class Actions

Pipefitters Class Action

The firm represents a class of approximately 350 past and current African-American members of Pipefitters Local Union 597. The plaintiffs allege that Local 597 discriminated and continues to discriminate against its African-American members with respect to work hours, pensions, promotions, and other opportunities.

The name of the case is Porter, et al. v. Pipefitters Local Union 597, No. 12-cv-09844 (N.D.Ill.). It is pending in federal court in Chicago.

The case has been certified as a class action on behalf of all African-American members of Local 597 from November 2003 to the present. 

We are currently preparing for trial, which is scheduled for October 2019.

A Class Notice was mailed to all class members in March 2018. It explains what the case is about and describes the class members' legal rights and options. You may download and read the Class Notice by clicking the link below. 

You may also review the Complaint, the court's two opinions certifying the class, and the court's opinion on summary judgment by clicking the links below.

Pipefitters Class Notice (pdf)


Pipefitters Class Action Complaint (pdf)


Pipefitters Class Certification Order 1 (pdf)


Pipefitters Class Certification Order 2 (pdf)


Pipefitters Summary Judgment Ruling (pdf)


C. H. Robinson Class Action

The firm represents a class of Carrier Account Managers and related employees at C. H. Robinson. The plaintiff alleges that she and others were unlawfully denied overtime pay for the long hours they worked at C. H. Robinson. 

The name of the case is Dietrich v. C. H. Robinson, No 18-cv-04871 (N.D.Ill.). It is pending in federal court in Chicago.

The court conditionally certified an opt-in class under the Fair Labor Standards Act on June 13, 2019. A notice was sent to the members of the opt-in class via email and U.S. Mail in July 2019.

On February 11, 2020, the court certified the case as a Rule 23 class action under the Illinois Minimum Wage Act. A second Class Notice will be issued in the near future to inform class members about this new development. 

You can read the Complaint, the court's order on conditional class certification, the first Class Notice, the court's order on Rule 23 class certification, and the second Class Notice by clicking the links below. 

C. H. Robinson Complaint (pdf)


C.H. Robinson Conditional Class Certification Order (pdf)


C.H. Robinson Class Notice (pdf)


C. H. Robinson Rule 23 Class Certification Order (pdf)