No progress in Locklear faxed ad class action

Amelia Flood Dec. 21, 2009, 8:00am


There have been no filings since May in a 2008 class action over faxed advertisements brought by an electric company that has several similar cases pending in Madison and St. Clair counties.

The last action in Locklear Electric v. American Business Lending was in May when Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian continued a case management conference due to the lack of entered appearances on behalf of defendants.

There have been no filings from either side since.

No attorney has filed an appearance on behalf of either defendant, which also includes Christopher Parks.

Locklear Electric of Wood River claims that the defendants violated both the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act as well as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited advertisements over the company's fax lines.
The suit seeks damages of at least $75,000.

At the time of its filing, it was the fifth class action Locklear Electric had filed over the violations.

Locklear Electric has filed several other class actions over the same alleged violations against other businesses and individuals in both Madison and St. Clair counties.

One of the 2009 Madison class actions was removed to federal court.

The other is pending before Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth.

In St. Clair County, one case against Florissant Injury and Pain Relief Center remains before St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien.

Larry Darr represents Locklear in the 2008 class action suit.

The other cases filed in 2009 were filed for Locklear by Robert Sprague.

The 2008 class action is Madison case number 08-L-1131.

The 2009 Madison cases are case numbers 09-L-605 and 09-L-606. The former was removed and the later remains pending.

The 2009 St. Clair case is St. Clair case number 09-L-454.

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