Lathrop & Gage attorneys enter appearance for Walgreen's in St. Clair County class action

Christina Stueve Jan. 13, 2012, 2:26am




Attorneys Matthew Jacober, Jaimie Thompson and Brian Fries of the St. Louis law firm Lathrop & Gage on Jan. 6 entered their appearances on behalf of Walgreen's, which is accused of overcharging customers for medical records in a class action suit filed last month in St. Clair County.

Walgreen's also requested that it have until Feb. 20 to file a responsive pleading. And, according to court documents, plaintiff's attorneys have consented to the extension.

Raymond Griggs filed the complaint Dec. 14, claiming Walgreens charged him a flat fee of $55 for copies of his medical records, which he says was exorbitant and violated state law.

The suit says that companies are permitted by law to charge $24.81 in handling charges, $0.93 per page for the first 25 pages, $0.62 per page for the next 25 pages and $0.31 for more than 50 pages.

Griggs claims that Walgreens attempted to conceal its fraud by stating its fees in an ambiguous manner.

His complaint says Walgreens violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud, Deceptive Business Practices Act and the Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Griggs also alleges common law fraud and unjust enrichment.

Griggs seeks a determination that his class action complaint is valid, plus pre-judgment interest, attorneys' fees, exemplary, treble and punitive damages, costs, the restitution of all fees he and other plaintiffs paid to Walgreens and other relief the court deems just.

Corey D. Sullivan, John J. Carey, Francis J. "Casey" Flynn Jr. and Tiffany M. Yiatras of Carey, Danis and Love in St. Louis represent Griggs and the proposed class.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-685.

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