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Chicago expands lawsuit against former red-light camera contractor

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The city of Chicago on Monday expanded its lawsuit against Redflex Traffic Systems to include the former red-light camera contractor's parent company.

The amended suit was filed Monday in federal court and added Redflex Holdings Ltd. as a defendant. The city said violations of the False Claims and False Statements ordinances prompted the filing.

"In connection with each of the city contracts, the defendants filed numerous statements, under penalty of perjury, certifying, among other things, that they were not engaged in bribery of any city employees, and that they would comply with the ethics ordinance," the filing stated. "These statements were false."

Last August, it was revealed that the city had intervened in a whistle-blower lawsuit first filed in 2014 that sought more than $300 million and accused the company of the "systematic bribery" of former city worker John Bills. Mayor Rahm Emanuel ended Redflex Traffic's contract with the city in 2013.

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