Monthly Archives: June 2014

MSB Challenges Chicago's Unequal Regulation of Ride Sharing Services

Mike Shakman and Edward Feldman filed a lawsuit on behalf of the taxi industry against the City of Chicago for its failure to regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. The suit is the first in the nation challenging a municipality for its unequal regulation of taxis and ride-sharing services.

Washington Post, June 20, 2014:  “Taxi medallions have been the best investment in America for years. Now Uber may be changing that.”

Chicago Tribune, February 6, 2014:  “Taxi industry lawsuit against city on ride-sharing regulation

The End of the Shakman Decrees for Chicago

On June 16, 2014 federal Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier granted Michael Shakman’s motion to lift the federal oversight of Chicago’s hiring practices. The motion states that the City was in “substantial compliance” and outside supervision was no longer needed, thus ending the long-standing Shakman Decrees as to the city of Chicago, but continuing the decrees with respect to other governmental bodies that had not reached substantial compliance.

New York Times, June 16, 2014: “Chicago Is Freed From Oversight On Graft”
Chicago Tribune, May 19, 2014: “Making, and keeping, Chicago’s City Hall honest”
Chicago Tribune, May 15, 2014:  “Shakman urges end of court oversight of city hiring”

ACLU and MSB Attorneys Sue Peoria for Arresting Author of Parody Twitter Account

Attorneys from the ACLU and Miller Shakman have filed suit against the City of Peoria, its Mayor, and other city officials on behalf of Jon Daniel, the author of a parody Twitter account that poked fun at the Mayor. in response to that account, Peoria officials raided Mr. Daniel’s home, seized his computer and other property, and arrested him.

ACLU, June 12, 2014:  “Man Sues City After Being Arrested for Twitter Account Parodying Mayor”