Notice of Class Actions Against FOP Lodge #7 and its Telemarketers, Callan Publishing, et al
Posted: August 28, 2018
In 2003, two class actions were filed against the FOP Lodge 7 and its telemarketers (Defendants) by FOP Lodge 7 members who were duty disabled Chicago police officers or who were spouses or children of officers killed in the line of duty (the Classes). The allegations include that during the fundraising programs, Defendants advised the public and businesses that the donations would benefit the Class. It is alleged that Defendants raised approximately 4.6 million yet, approximately the telemarketers received approximately 78%, the FOP Lodge 7 received approximately 22%, and the Class did not benefit or receive any of the funds. Instead, it is alleged that the FOP used the funds for golfing, fishing and political donations. The FOP Lodge #7 and defendants deny that the money was raised for the exclusive benefit of the plaintiffs and contend that the money was raised for the benefit of the FOP Lodge & and related expenses.
If you are a current or former FOP Lodge #7 member, who was either duty disabled, or if you are a spouse or a child of an officer who was killed in the line of duty, between March 23, 1998 and December 31, 2003, you will have the option to be included as a member of the Classes. If you do not opt out of the Class Actions by September 15, 2018, you will be considered a member of the Actions.
Attached is a copy of the Class Action Notice. The Notice describes the class action lawsuits and the steps you must take by September 15, 2015 to secure your rights thereunder. You can download a copy from the website.