Plaintiff's motion reset in alienation of affection case

Amelia Flood Feb. 5, 2010, 9:23am

A motion to deny a defense attorney pro hac vice status in a Glen Carbon man's alienation of affection suit against his ex-wife's lover has been reset.

Plaintiff Hugh Brandt, who is representing himself, was present at the 9 a.m. motion call before Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis Friday.

Attorneys Richard Bender and Daniel Ferman were not. Ferman has sought pro hac vice status in the case.

Brandt has moved to deny him that status, alleging that it is not guaranteed and that Ferman has failed to submit the needed application.

Callis, after conferring briefly with Brandt, said she would enter an order compelling the two attorneys to appear at the next hearing, resetting the motion and requiring Ferman to fill out the necessary paperwork.

She did not indicate to what date the hearing would be reset.

Brandt is suing Rusty Churchman for damages of about $200,000 and costs.

According to his complaint, Brandt was informed by his wife of 14 years that she had fallen in love with Churchman. She then left Brandt and moved in with Churchman.

The Brandt couple divorced.

Hugh Brandt argues that Churchman intentionally caused the end of his marriage.

He alleges that he has lost his wife's love, support and earnings and that the couple's children had lost contact with their mother since her move.

Brandt's case is one of over 140 that Callis transferred in December from Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack.

Stack plans to retire later this year.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-1131.

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