Redbox moves for protective order in proposed class action

Amelia Flood Aug. 4, 2010, 10:21am



The owner of the DVD rental kiosks found at many supermarkets and other stores is moving for a protective order in a class action pending in St. Clair County.

Defendant Redbox Inc. moved July 27 for a protective order in the suit brought by lead plaintiff Laurie Piechur last year.

The plaintiff, meanwhile, has filed a series of motions asking Circuit Judge Patrick Young to compel the DVD rental company to turn over documents she has asked for.

Redbox has objected to numerous requests filed by the plaintiff.

No hearing on the protective order and motions to compel is noted in the case file to date.

Piechur claims the company charged unreasonable and illegal late fees for DVDs rented at its kiosks.

The suit seeks damages in excess of $350,000, costs and attorney's fees.

A class has not been certified in the suit and could include members with claims in states such as Wisconsin and California.

Redbox asks for a protective order that would shield what it considers sensitive and trade-related documents from being made public during the course of the litigation.

An attempt to take the case to federal court failed earlier this year.

Two moves by the defense to have the suit dismissed have also failed, with the most recent defeat coming July 16.

Piechur also moved July 22 for a briefing schedule on the issue of class certification.

No hearing is set on that matter as yet either.

The plaintiffs are represented by Thomas and Peter Maag and Thomas Keefe Jr.

The defendant is represented by Eric Brandonbrener, Robert Sprague and others.

The case is St. Clair case number 09-L-562.

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