No action since January in Redbox rental fee class action

Amelia Flood Mar. 17, 2011, 8:42am

No action has taken place in a St. Clair County proposed class action over late fees charged by the owner of Redbox DVD rental kiosks since January.

Laurie Piechur is the lead plaintiff who claims she and other Redbox customers were charged allegedly illegal fees for keeping DVDs past a scheduled drop-off time.

The last action in Piechur's case came when attorney Jeffrey Millar and his Missouri law firm, the Millar Law Firm, became plaintiff's counsel Jan. 21.

The Millar firm substituted the Glen Carbon firm of Saville and Flint.

Millar had previously been with Saville and Flint.

Before that, Millar was part of the firm Brent Coon & Associates which had entered an appearance in the case.

That firm bowed out of the suit in 2010.

If certified, the Piechur class could be a nationwide class.

The suit currently seeks damages in excess of $350,000 and other relief.

Redbox denies that the fees it charged were illegal.

It has tried to have the suit thrown out, without success.

Thomas and Peter Maag are also part of the Piechur legal team.

Robert Sprague, Eric Brandfonbrener and others represent Redbox.

The Piechur suit was filed in 2009.

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

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