Poe Manor Lawsuit

Phillips, et al., v. Waukegan Housing Authority, et al.,
Civil Action No. 13-CV-08444.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division


What is this Lawsuit about?
Residents have sued Waukegan Housing Authority (“WHA”) and some of its directors and employees who operate the Harry Poe Manor housing project, located at 300 Lake Street, Waukegan, IL, alleging that they failed to adequately respond to a years-long bedbug infestation in the apartment building. The Court has allowed the lawsuit to be a class action on behalf of everyone who resided in Harry Poe Manor at any time from January 1, 2011, to April 22, 2019. The Court has not decided whether WHA and/or its directors and employees did anything wrong. There is no money available now, and no guarantee there will be. However, your legal rights are affected, and you have a choice to make now:



Stay in this lawsuit. Await the outcome. Give up certain rights. By doing nothing, you keep the possibility of getting money or benefits that may come from a trial or settlement. But, you give up any rights to sue WHA and/or its directors and employees separately about the same legal claims in this lawsuit.


Get out of this lawsuit. Get no benefits from it. Keep rights. If you ask to be excluded and money and benefits are later awarded, you won’t share in those. But, you keep any rights to sue WHA and/or its directors and employees separately about the same legal claims in this lawsuit.

To ask to be excluded, you must act before December 31, 2019.

For more information, please read the information contained in the following links:

Short Form Notice

Long Form Notice

Exclusion Request

Class Certification Approval Order

Fifth Amended Complaint

Defendants' Answers and Affirmative Defenses

For more information please contact:

Amy Lynn Lonergan
Finn & Finn, Ltd.
128 N. West Street
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
(847) 599-0202

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