Maag firm files another class action over check cashing fee; Discount grocer Mor for Less targeted

Kelly Holleran Oct. 23, 2012, 1:13pm

An Illinois man has filed a putative class action lawsuit against a Cahokia check cashing company that he claims overcharged him when it cashed his check.

Willie Hadley claims he cashed a check for $1,875 at defendant Maplewood Markets formerly known as Cahokia Mor for Less in August 2011. In turn for cashing the check, Cahokia Mor for Less charged Hadley a $38 check cashing fee, according to the complaint filed Oct. 10 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

However, Hadley claims Illinois state law does not allow for check cashing fees of more than 50 cents or 1 percent of the face value of the check. Cahokia Mor for Less charged him more than was statutorily allowed, the suit states.

Cahokia Mor for Less did the same thing to numerous other Illinois residents, the complaint says.

Hadley claims Cahokia Mor for Less's actions violated the Illinois Check Cashing Act.

In his complaint, Hadley is asking the court to certify his complaint as a class action lawsuit and is seeking more than $50,000, attorneys' fees and other relief the court deems just.

He will be represented by Peter J. Maag of Maag Law Firm in Wood River.

Maag filed a similar suit against Schwegel's Market in Alton in August, claiming a woman was unfairly charged 75 cents when she wrote a check for $68.80.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 12-L-534.

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