Verett sued by Yellow Book over $17k in unpaid advertising

Steve Gonzalez and Steve Korris Aug. 1, 2007, 10:00am

An Edwardsville attorney who is fighting for hundreds of thousands of dollars in a personal injury claim against a local pizzeria and police officer is being sued by Yellow Book for failing to pay more than $17,000 in advertising costs.

Amanda Verettt, who sued Pizza Hut, Troy cop Clarence Jackson and One O Nine Corp. over a door-opening incident in February, has been named in an arbitration suit filed July 30 in Madison County Circuit.

According to the complaint, Verett and her former law partner Patricia Dennis entered into two contracts for advertising in Yellow Book.

Yellow Book claims that despite performing all of its duties under the contract, Verett and Dennis failed to pay the agreed upon rate for the services and a balance of $17,530.45 remains due.

Yellow Book also is seeking the amount due, plus $350 in attorney fees and $1,521.54 in interest for a grand total of $19,401.99.

In the Pizza Hut suit, Verett had won a $311,700 default judgment against Jackson, then lost it, and is now appealing to get it back.

She and her attorney, Thomas Maag of Edwardsville, have filed a second motion in Madison County to obtain the same default judgment that they seek on appeal.

Verett sued Pizza Hut and Clarence Jackson in March, claiming they caused a fall that injured her shoulder.

When Jackson did not respond to the suit, Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron awarded judgment in Verett's favor for $311,700.

Jackson moved to vacate the judgment, identifying himself as a Troy policeman and explaining that he gave his notice of the suit to city officials.

Byron vacated the judgment and gave Jackson 21 days to answer Verett's complaint.

Verett appealed to the Fifth District appellate court in Mount Vernon, seeking to reinstate the default judgment.

On July 26, Verett filed another motion for default judgment against Jackson. Maag wrote that Jackson did not answer in 21 days.

Maag wrote that Jackson argued that he did not answer because Byron lacked jurisdiction while the Fifth District considered the appeal.

Maag wrote, "With all due respect to Jackson, he simply does not understand appellate subject matter jurisdiction..."

"The ordering of Jackson to file an answer does not interfere with the review of the appealed order. Thus, Jackson is in default, and this fact cannot be disputed."

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