To the editor:
I have noticed that in your publication that you consistently make an error when reporting the amount of damages sought in civil actions.
When a complaint has, for example, seven counts, and each count seeks damages in excess of $50,000, the plaintiff is seeking damages in excess of $50,000. In other words, the fact that there are seven counts for amounts in excess of $50,000 does not mean that the plaintiff is seeking an amount in excess of $350,000.
You consistently misreport this. I assume that this error is made out of ignorance, and not in an attempt to slander plaintiffs attorneys.
However, if your periodical continues to misreport this, I will assume that this is an attempt by The Record to slander plaintiffs and plaintiffs attorneys and will investigate legal redress.
I will follow up this email with a letter for both of us to keep in our records.
East St. Louis