Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the settlement. Detailed information about the settlement is contained in the Class Notice and Settlement Agreement.

If you do not find an answer to your question here, please contact us directly.

About The Settlement

1. Who’s part of the Settlement?

In a class action, the plaintiffs bring a lawsuit on behalf of other people who have similar claims.

These people are collectively called “Class Members” or a “Class.” In this case, the Court has preliminarily certified a Class for purposes of the settlement of this case. That class is defined to include the following people:

All persons (1) who entered into Independent Contractor agreements or similar contracts for services with DNJ Intermodal Services, LLC, individually or on behalf of another entity, and (2) personally provided drayage services as drivers pursuant to that agreement and/or contract in the State of Illinois at any time during the applicable statute of limitations.

The class includes all such persons who performed the described services from 10 years prior to the filing of the Complaint through the date the Settlement Agreement is executed.

The limitations period for Class Members is June 22, 2005 through the present.

The Circuit Court for Cook County, Illinois (Judge Anna M. Loftus) has conditionally certified the Settlement Class for the purpose of facilitating a settlement.

The Settlement Class excludes DNJ; the Court and staff to whom the lawsuit is assigned, and any immediate family members of the Court or its staff; and any persons who elected to exclude themselves pursuant to and in compliance with the Settlement Agreement.

If you are not sure whether you are in the Settlement Class, or have any other questions about the Settlement, call the lawyers appointed to represent the Settlement class at 312-763-6880, call the Settlement Administrator at (888) 686-5019.

2. What is this lawsuit about?

The lawsuit, filed in 2015, involves allegations that DNJ unlawfully misclassified truck drivers performing services for them as independent contractors in violation of Illinois law. The lawsuit additionally alleges that by either requiring drivers to front operating costs themselves, or by deducting or withholding certain operating costs from the drivers’ compensation, DNJ violated various provisions of Illinois law. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges claims for violation of the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act, 820 ILCS 115/1, et seq. The full complaint filed in the lawsuit is posted here and contains all of the allegations.

The Defendant named in the lawsuit is DNJ Intermodal Services, LLC. DNJ has denied, and continues to deny all of the allegations, including that DNJ misclassified contractors. DNJ additionally denies that they have taken unlawful deductions from drivers’ pay, or that they otherwise violated the law. By agreeing to settle, DNJ is not admitting liability on any of the factual allegations or claims in the case or that the case can or should proceed as a class action. The Parties have negotiated and entered into the proposed Settlement to avoid the risk, uncertain outcome, expense, and distraction of continued litigation.

Neither the Court nor a jury have considered or decided the merits of the allegations in the lawsuit. And, by approving the Settlement and issuing this Notice, the Court is not suggesting which side would win or lose this case if it went to trial.

3. Who represents me?

In a class action, one or more people called “class representatives” sue on behalf of other people who have the same or similar claims. In this case, the Plaintiff, Lucio Barrera, sued DNJ and sought to represent other truck driver contractors who performed trucking and transportation services for DNJ. The Court has appointed the Plaintiff for settlement purposes to be the Class Representatives for all Class Members in the case.

The Court has also appointed the law firm Caffarelli & Associates Ltd. as Class Counsel to represent the Class Members. If you want to be represented by your own lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

4. What benefits can I receive from the Settlement?

Without admitting any wrongdoing, DNJ has agreed to pay $3,250,000 into a Settlement Fund to be distributed to Settlement Class Members after deductions for the fees and costs associated with the Settlement. You do not need to do anything in order to be eligible to receive a payment from the Settlement Fund.

The exact amount each Settlement Class Member is eligible to receive varies based on the number of owner- operator pay statements Settlement Class Members received from DNJ.

The Settlement Administrator, working with the Parties, has developed a model to calculate the amounts of individual Settlement Class Member payments based on the factors stated above. Your payment may also be subject to tax withholdings. You may fill out and return an IRS Form W9 to the Settlement Administrator by September 28, 2023 if you wish to claim particular exemptions. If you do not return a completed IRS Form W9 by September 28, 2023, you will still receive your settlement payment and the Settlement Administrator will issue a check for payment less the backup withholding at the applicable rate required by the IRS, which currently is 24 percent.

If you do not exclude yourself, your settlement payment will be paid by check mailed to you. Payments will only be made after the Court grants final approval of the Settlement and after any appeals are resolved. If there are appeals, resolving them can take time. Please be patient.

5. Do I have to pay the lawyers representing me?

No. The Court has appointed attorneys from Caffarelli & Associates, Ltd. in Chicago, Illinois to serve as Class Counsel to represent the members of the Settlement Class. If you want to be represented by a different lawyer, you may hire one at your own expense.

To date, Class Counsel have not received any payment for their services in litigating the case on behalf of the Class Representatives and the Settlement Class, nor have Class Counsel been reimbursed for their costs and expenses directly relating to their representation of the Settlement Class. Prior to final approval of the Settlement, Class Counsel will ask the court for an award of attorneys’ fees and litigation expenses for investigating the facts, litigating the case, and negotiating the Settlement. This award is subject to court approval and can be up to 33.33% of the settlement fund, or $1,083,322.50, plus reimbursable costs and litigation expenses.

Class Counsel’s contact information is as follows:

Alejandro Caffarelli
Alexis D. Martin
Amanda Burns
224 S. Michigan Avenue, Suite 300
Chicago, Illinois 60604
Tel.: (312) 763-6880

Class Counsel may also request that a Service Award of up to $15,000 be awarded to the Class Representative, Lucio Barrera, in recognition of his service to the Settlement Class. The amount of any fee or service award will be subject to approval by the court.

6. What am I agreeing to by remaining in the Settlement Class in this case?

If you are a member of the Settlement Class, and you choose to remain in the Settlement Class (i.e. you do not exclude yourself), then you will be eligible to receive a payment from the $3,250,000 Settlement Fund as described above. Settlement Class Members will also be bound by the release of claims in the Settlement. This means that if the Settlement is finally approved, Settlement Class Members cannot sue, continue to sue, or be part of any lawsuit against DNJ for claims made in the lawsuit that led to the Settlement.

The released claims include all claims that were or could have been asserted in the Litigation, including all claims related to deductions or failure to pay wages, regardless of whether those claims are known or unknown, filed or unfiled, asserted or as yet unasserted, existing or contingent.

7. What if I don’t agree with the Settlement?

If you are a member of the Settlement Class, and have not excluded yourself from the Settlement, you may object to the Settlement or any part of the Settlement if you think there are legal reasons why the Court should reject it. If you object, the Court will consider your views. To object, you must file your objection with the Court and serve a copy to the Settlement Administrator and the lawyers for both the Settlement Class and DNJ. Your objection must clearly state the following information:

  1. The case name and case number of this Litigation (Barrera v. DNJ Intermodal Services, LLC, No. 2015- CH-09701 (Ill. Cir. Ct. Cook Cnty.)).
  2. Your full name, current address, email address and phone number;
  3. The reasons why you object to the Settlement along with any supporting materials;
  4. Information about all other objections you or your lawyer(s) have made in other class action cases in state or federal courts within the past five years, including the name of the case, case number, the court in which the objection was filed, and the outcome of the objection; and
  5. Your signature.

Your objection must be filed and postmarked no later than August 17, 2023. Objections must be mailed to:

The Settlement Administrator
Barrera v. DNJ Intermodal Services
c/o Analytics Consulting LLC
P.O. Box 2002
Chanhassen, MN 55317-2002

Plaintiffs’ Counsel
Alejandro Caffarelli
Chicago, IL 60604

Defendants’ Counsel
Andrew J. Butcher
30 W. Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603

8. Can I exclude myself from the Settlement Class?

If you do not want a payment and do not want to be legally bound by the terms of the Settlement, you must exclude yourself from the Settlement. If you do so, you will not be eligible to receive any payment as a result of this Settlement. However, you will retain the right to sue or continue to sue DNJ on your own and at your own expense if you wish to pursue any of the claims being released as part of this Settlement.

To exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you must submit a timely and valid “Opt-Out Request” to the Settlement Administrator in writing. To be valid, the request must include:

  1. The case name and case number of this Litigation (Barrera v. DNJ Intermodal Services, LLC, No. 2015- CH-09701 (Ill. Cir. Ct. Cook Cnty.)).
  2. Your full name, current mailing address, email address, and phone number;
  3. A statement that you wish to exclude yourself from the Settlement Class; and
  4. Your signature.

To be considered timely, you must submit your fully completed Opt-Out Request to the following address postmarked no later than August 17, 2023.

Barrera v. DNJ Intermodal Services
c/o Analytics Consulting LLC
P.O. Box 2002
Chanhassen, MN 55317-2002


You cannot exclude yourself from the Settlement Class by telephone, email, or on the Settlement Website. You cannot exclude yourself by mailing a request to any other location or after the deadline above. Your request for exclusion must be signed by you, and you cannot request exclusion on behalf of others.

9. What is the difference between objecting and asking to be excluded?

Objecting is telling the Court the legal reasons why you do not like something about the Settlement. You can object to the Settlement only if you are a Settlement Class Member and you do not exclude yourself.

Excluding yourself is telling the court that you do not want to be part of the Settlement. If you exclude yourself, you cannot object to the Settlement because it no longer affects you.

10. What if I do nothing at all?

If you are a Class Member and do nothing in response to this notice, you will remain a member of the Settlement Class, receive a settlement payment, and release your claims against DNJ. See Part 4 above.

11. When will the court finally rule on the Settlement?

The Court will hold a final approval hearing to decide whether to grant final approval to the Settlement and any requests for fees, expenses, and an Incentive Award. The final approval hearing is currently set for September 28, 2023 at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 2410 of the Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, via Zoom at Meeting ID: 955 3557 3920, (no password required), or via telephone at (312) 626-6799 ID# 95535573920. The hearing may be moved to a different date or time without additional notice, so you should check the Settlement Website and the court’s docket for updates.

At the final approval hearing, the court will consider whether the Settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. The court will also consider the request by Class Counsel for attorneys’ fees and expenses and for the Class Representative’s incentive award. If there are any objections, the court will consider them at the final approval hearing as well. After the hearing, the court will decide whether to finally approve the settlement. We do not know how long that decision may take.

You may attend the hearing, at your own expense, but you do not have to do so. If you intend to appear and wish to be heard, please send a Notice of Intent to Appear to the Settlement Administrator with the following information:

  1. The case name and case number of this litigation (Barrera DNJ Intermodal Services, LLC, No. 2015-CH- 09701 (Ill. Cir. Ct. Cook Cnty.)).
  2. Your full name, current address, email address, and phone number;
  3. A statement that this is your “Notice of Intent to Appear” at the final approval hearing in this case;
  4. Copies of any papers, exhibits, or other evidence or information that you will present to the court;
  5. The reasons you want to be heard; and
  6. Your signature.

You must send copies of your Notice of Intent to Appear, postmarked by August 17, 2023, to:

The Settlement Administrator
Barrera v. DNJ Intermodal Services
c/o Analytics Consulting LLC
P.O. Box 2002
Chanhassen, MN 55317-2002

Note: You cannot object or speak at the hearing if you exclude yourself from the Settlement.

12. Does this Notice contain the entire Settlement Agreement?

No. This is only a summary of the Settlement. If the Settlement is approved and you do not exclude yourself from the Settlement Class, you will be bound by the terms and the release contained in the Settlement Agreement, and not just by the terms of this Notice. You can view the full Settlement Agreement here or you can call Class Counsel for more information.

13. Where can I get more information?

For more information, call class counsel at 312-763-6880.