Restraining order against Suburban Express extended to July 20


Restraining order against Suburban Express extended to July 20

CHAMPAIGN — A federal judge approved yet another 28-day extension of a temporary restraining order imposed on Suburban Express.

The bus company and its owner, Dennis Toeppen, now have until July 20 to comply with the order as he continues to negotiate with the Illinois Attorney General's Office on a settlement.

"The Parties have begun discussions about the potential resolution of this dispute and since the Court's May 22, 2018, extension order, the defendants have produced documents in furtherance of the parties' settlement discussion," attorneys for both sides wrote in a joint motion.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued Suburban Express and Toeppen in April for alleged discrimination and harassment against its customers.

At the time, U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood approved a temporary restraining order requiring Suburban Express to take down personally identifying information from its website, stop retaliating against customers for negative reviews and remove language from its contract that prohibits negative reviews.

In May, Madigan's office said Suburban Express has been complying with the order.

When the lawsuit was filed, Madigan said she wanted to force Toeppen and Suburban Express to either comply with the law or go out of business.

The lawsuit stems from an email advertisement Suburban Express sent in December saying its benefits included "Passengers like you. You won't feel like you're in China when you're on our buses."

That led to a swift backlash, apologies and a subpoena from Madigan's office to determine whether Suburban Express had violated the Illinois Human Rights Act.