Closing arguments scheduled in IDTA breach of contract trial

Steve Gonzalez Nov. 13, 2008, 1:49am


Closing arguments in a breach of contract trial will get under way Thursday after two days of testimony in Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder's courtroom.

Michael Reichert filed suit against Gary Gaehle and Illinois Drill Team Association (IDTA) in March 2006, alleging Gaehle broke a joint venture agreement on Feb. 1, 2006, when he refused to pay him his share of the net profits from 13 IDTA events.

Reichert alleges he and Gaehle entered into an oral contract for a joint venture named All Pro Custom Imprint Designs which was to contract with IDTA to sell event merchandise including T-shirts, sweat shirts, pants, shorts, sandals, teddy bears, and hair scrunchies at 31 regional, sectional or state level IDTA events.

He claims the net proceeds of the retail sales were to be equally split between them.

Reichert is represented by Mark Levy of Collinsville.

Reichert will ask for a judgment in excess of $50,000.

Gaehle filed a counterclaim against Reichert alleging he has performed all of the requirements on his part pursuant to the oral contract but that Reichert breached contract when he abandoned his duties under the joint venture.

Gaehle, seeking a judgment of $25,000, alleges he was required to spend sums of money in order to pick up the slack from Reichert.

Gaehle is represented by John Leskera of Collinsville.

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