7-Eleven settles lawsuit with customer over soda tax charge
Friday, October 13, 2017
by Becky Yerak
A day after the Cook County Board voted to repeal its controversial penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened drinks, a lawsuit against 7-Eleven for allegedly misapplying the charge has been settled, a court record shows.
Chicago resident Kelly Tarrant sued 7-Eleven in August in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the convenience store chain charged her a 28-cent tax on a 99-cent unsweetened coffee in a Super Big Gulp cup.
Circuit Judge Celia Gamrath said in a court filing Thursday that the parties have agreed to dismiss the case. Her order notes a confidential agreement to settle the lawsuit, which sought class-action status.
Gamrath noted in her order that 7-Eleven has, among other steps, reprogrammed its registers not to charge the tax on such drinks.
7-Eleven had told the judge that the changes were underway before Tarrant filed the lawsuit.
Lawyers in the case couldn’t be reached for immediate comment.
Settlement talks have been occurring since at least last month in the case, court records show.
On Wednesday, the tax was repealed, effective Dec. 1.