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Burr Oak Cemetery Litigation Lawyer


The injury attorneys of Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. are actively involved in the Burr Oak Cemetery litigation. On or about July 9, 2009, it was revealed that cemetery workers at Burr Oak Cemetery in Chicago dug up at least 300 graves and moved the bodies to different locations. This alleged action was done in order to resell the plots for a profit. This reprehensible activity was part of a pattern of conduct that went on for several years.

Plaintiffs’ Lawsuit

In order to seek redress for the Defendants’ shocking conduct, the law firm of Harvey Walner & Associates, Ltd. filed a Class Action lawsuit on July 24, 2009, in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois under Case No. 09 CV 4464. The representative plaintiff is Deborah Charles, daughter of Ezzard Charles, the world heavy weight boxing champion in the late 1940s. The lawsuit was filed for the benefit of the heirs to the decedent who have suffered unnecessary, emotional grief and trauma caused by the Defendants. You can view a copy of the complaint here.

Current Status

Currently, the owners of Burr Oak, Perpetua, Inc. have filed for bankruptcy under Case Numbers 09-34022, 09-34030, and 09-34033. This means that the above lawsuit filed has been stayed pending the outcome of the bankruptcy case.

The Burr Oak Creditor’s Committee was formed and appointed by the United States Trustee to represent the interests of all unsecured creditors, including all our clients, in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. Please be advised that Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. is on the committee, with Deborah Charles leading as Chair of the Committee.

Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. is very involved in the ongoing developments of this case. A Proof of Claim Form is required to be filed in the bankruptcy case to secure your interest in this litigation, which our office will do on your behalf.

Case Settled

The Burr Oak Cemetery case has settled for $7.65 million. Now all creditors must vote on a plan of reorganization to accommodate the settlement. The personal injury attorney of Harvey L. Walner & Associates filed a Class Action lawsuit in 2009 in U.S. District Court on behalf of the victims of this shameful conduct and it has now come to a close.

If you should have any more questions or concerns, please contact Kristin Atherton at 312-795-0511. Also, please visit the Burr Oak Creditor Committee for more information on the status of the bankruptcy case.

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