Effect of Offer of Judgment on Putative Class Action

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois holds that in a putative class action suit, the expiration of a defendant's offer in the amount of plaintiff's personal statutory damages did not render the claim moot. The Court noted that the offer of judgment did not cover the full amount of relief prayed for in the complaint, the action was styled as a putative class action, and the plaintiff moved for class certification within the ten-day period allotted to him for accepting or not responding to the offer of judgment. Parker v. Risk Management Alternatives, Inc., 204 F.R.D. 113 (N.D.Il. 2001).