Thiems seeks $428 in court costs from AT&T in severed cables case

Amelia Flood Dec. 4, 2010, 3:29am


An Edwardsville construction company that won a November trial in a suit brought by AT&T over severed underground cables is seeking $428 in court costs.

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth is set to hear the motion for the costs Dec. 17 at 9 a.m.

AT&T sued Thiems Construction, its trucking and excavating arms three years ago, alleging the contractors damaged AT&T's utility lines while working on a road widening project near an Edwardsville middle school.

AT&T sought $250,000 in damages and other relief.

Thiems countered that AT&T violated Illinois law about the marking of utilities and that the company never refreshed marks showing where its lines were despite constant communication between Thiems and AT&T staff and notice given before Thiems started digging.

The jury deliberated for about three hours Nov. 9 before finding for the defense.

Thiems filed its motions for the costs Nov. 15.

The costs include service fees and a deposition fee.

James Godfrey represents Thiems.

David Hicks represents AT&T.

The case is Madison case number 07-L-535.

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