Briefing schedule ordered in Target class action

Amelia Flood Sep. 16, 2010, 2:16am


The parties in a slow-moving 2008 class action suit in St. Clair County against Target are moving forward again.

A case management conference on sept. 8 saw the first action in the suit since last year.

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young signed an order giving the parties in the case 30 days to submit a briefing schedule to him on the issue of class certification in the suit led by led plaintiff Brian Buehlhorn.

If the parties can't agree on that schedule, Young will take up the matter Oct. 20 at 9:30 a.m.

Buehlhorn is leading one of several proposed class actions filed against Target and other retailers over the effectiveness of their immune system supplements.

All of the suits were filed by the same team of attorneys including Paul Weiss of Chicago and Richard Burke of St. Louis.

In his suit, Buehlhorn claims that Target's Immunity Supplement does not boost the immune system as claimed.

While a class has yet to be certified in the case, the plaintiff successfully added claims from Minnesota, California and Florida last year.

There were no filings in the case after October of last year until the Sept. 8 order.

The suit seeks damages not to exceed $75,000 per individual class member.

The defendant is represented by Robert Bassett and others.

The case is St. Clair case number 08-L-667.

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