Motion to dismiss Godfrey attorney's suit against Freed and Weiss set March 9

Amelia Flood Feb. 17, 2010, 6:44am


A Chicago law firm's plea to dismiss a new complaint in a dispute with a former colleague over legal fees will be heard in March in Madison County.

Freed and Weiss and Paul Weiss are asking the court to dismiss Godfrey attorney Timothy Campbell's third amended complaint in a breach of contract suit he brought in 2006.

A hearing in the case is set for March 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Campbell alleges that Paul Weiss and his law firm have not paid him legal fees he is entitled to.

Campbell worked with Freed and Weiss on a number of class action and other cases in Madison County.

His suit seeks damages in excess of $100,000.

Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack had previously thrown out parts of earlier complaints Campbell filed but had granted leave to amend.

Campbell's third amended complaint filed in November 2009 states that he and the Freed and Weiss firm had entered into agreements to share the work and fees from cases for plaintiffs Gerald Bemis and Winnie Madison. He argues the defendants breached those contracts with him by refusing to pay him.

Freed and Weiss argues in its motion that the agreements do not apply to all of the cases involving Bemis and Madison, that Campbell does not specify what he did to earn the fees and that the contract is void under public policy.

The defendants are represented by Richard Burke.

Campbell is represented by John Hoefert.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-364.

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