Matthews v. Chicago Transit Authority

Illinois Appellate Court
Civil Court
Case Number: 
2014 IL App (1st) 123348
Decision Date: 
Friday, April 25, 2014
1st Dist.
Cook Co., 5th Div.
Affirmed in part and reversed in part; remanded with instructions.
(Modified opinion 4/25/14.) Class action suit alleging that Defendants substantially diminished and impaired vested retirement health care benefits of Plaintiffs, current and retired CTA employees. Court properly found that current CTA employees lacked standing. Retired CTA employees have vested right to at least some portion of their retiree health benefits. Retired CTA employees stated cause of action for breach of contract against Retirement Plan but did not state cause of action against CTA; and did state cause of action for promissory estoppel against CTA but not against Retirement Plan. Retired CTA employees did not state cause of action against Retirement Plan Board and Health Trust Board for breach of fiduciary duty, but did state cause of action against all defendants for declaratory judgment. (McBRIDE and PALMER, concurring.)