This case was filed by Ashley M., Grace R., David and Linda H., and Richard and Carolyn C. (together, the “Named Plaintiffs”), who were appointed by the Court to act as representatives of the Plaintiff Class. The Plaintiff Class alleges that the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services violated the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act by investigating and indicating persons under a rule known as Allegation 60 after the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision in Julie Q. v. DCFS in March 2013. Allegation 60 is the DCFS neglect allegation applicable in investigating and indicating persons for subjecting a child to an environment injurious to the child’s health and welfare. The Illinois Supreme Court in Julie Q. v. DCFS found Allegation 60 to be legally void.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Ashley M. Settlement
If you have received a letter from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) referring to a settlement in a class action lawsuit, Ashley M., et al. v. Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, et al., this information is for you: Frequently Asked Questions about the Ashley M. Settlement.
The letter (a sample of which is posted here) was sent to notify you that your name has now been removed from the Illinois State Central Register as a perpetrator of neglect due to an “environment injurious.” Ashley M. is a Family Defense Center case and we advise and represent many individuals who, like Ashley, are wrongly accused of neglect. The information below provides general answers to Frequently Asked Questions that we have been asked by many people who have gotten these “Ashley M.” letters. The information provided in this FAQ is general information only and is not to be considered as legal advice in any individual case or legal matter.
Summary of Ashley M. Class and Settlement
The following chart describes the basic terms of the settlement. You will not be liable for any attorneys’ fees. This settlement resolves the claims raised in this lawsuit.
Additional information about the Court’s rulings in this case is available below.
If you have any further questions, you may email class counsel at firstname.lastname@example.org. In any email you send to the class counsel, please identify your question as concerning “Ashley M. Litigation.” Do not contact the Court.