Lopinot gives party time to file in Belleville Crossing slip and fall case

Christina Stueve Feb. 15, 2012, 9:45am


The defendant in a slip and fall case on Tuesday was granted 21 days to file a responsive pleading to a plaintiff's amended complaint.

St. Clair County Associate Judge Vincent Lopinot called the case on the defendant's motion to dismiss.

The plaintiff was ordered to file an amended complaint within 14 days of Tuesday's motion to compel.

Pamela S. Kronenberger claims she was crossing a parking lot at the Dollar Tree in Belleville Crossing on April 3, 2010, when she fell due to a parking lot hazard, according to her complaint filed Oct. 31, 2011.

In her complaint, Kronenberger names Impact Strategies, Hinrichs Group, SM Properties 2000, TDG Belleville Crossing, The Desco Group and Nova Group as defendants.

The attorney for Impact Strategies and The Hinrichs Group sent Kronenberger's lawyer, Gregory Skinner, a letter requesting discovery compliance and inviting counsel for Kronenberger to engage in personal consultation to resolve differences.

The motion to compel filed Jan. 23 said the plaintiff still has yet to comply with Impact Strategies' and The Hinrichs Group's discovery requests.

Due to her fall, Kronenberger's alleges right shoulder was injured. She also claims to have suffered pain and mental anguish. In addition, she lost money because of her inability to pursue her normal occupation, and incurred medical costs, the complaint says.

Kronenberger blames the owners, designers and constructors of the building for causing her fall, saying they failed to maintain the building's parking lot, failed to warn her of the dangerous condition and failed to remedy the dangerous condition.

She is seeking a judgment of more than $50,000, plus costs.

She is represented by Skinner and Joseph A. Bartholomew, both of Belleville.

William Knapp represents Impact Strategies and The Hinrichs Group.

Joseph Callahan represents SM Properties and TDG Belleville Crossing and The Desco Group.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 11-L-612.

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