Couple suing Boy Scouts over fallen tree file motion to compel

Amelia Flood Jun. 20, 2011, 1:31am


A couple suing the Lewis & Clark Council of the Boy Scouts of America over injuries caused by a falling tree have filed a motion to compel in their suit.

Plaintiffs John and Brenda Gremil are suing the Lewis & Clark Council Inc. and Boy Scouts of America for damages in excess of $150,000 and other relief.

The Gremlis claim that while at a Godfrey campsite owned and overseen by the defendants, a tree fell on John Gremli's leg, causing injuries that led to its amputation.

Brenda Gremli claims to have suffered damages under the Illinois Family Medical Expense Act.

The couple claims that the defendants failed to monitor the safety of the campsite and to removed dead and dying trees that were hazards.

The defendants deny the claims.

The Gremlis filed their motion to compel June 16.

In that motion, the plaintiffs claim their attorney, Robert Gregory, has attempted to resolve inadequate parts of discovery submitted by the defendants as well as defense objections to certain interrogatories and production requests since June 7.

As of the date of motion to compel's filing, the Gremlis allege the defendants have not responded to Gregory's requests.

"The plaintiffs are hindered in their attempts to litigate this cause of action without full and complete discovery responses on the part of the defendant," the motion reads.

The Gremlis ask that the court compel the defendant to respond to their interrogatories and requests for production within 10 days of the court's order.

The defendants had previously filed a motion to compel in the case against the plaintiffs.

Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla presides.

James Craney represents the defendants.

The case is Madison case number 11-L-021.

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