Chicago attorney files entry of appearance in STD test results suit

Christina Stueve May 30, 2012, 10:51am


Chicago attorney Gretchen Miller on May 24 announced her representation of Quest Diagnostics in a lawsuit filed by a woman who claims a romantic rival leaked results of a sexually transmitted disease test.

Plaintiff Jane Doe filed a lawsuit against Quest Diagnostics in January 2010.

In her complaint, the plaintiff alleged that Maureen Sackmann, a Quest employee, was involved romantically with the same man as her.

Sackmann allegedly leaked results of a herpes test that Jane Doe had taken.

The plaintiff is suing Sackmann for allegedly leaking the results. Quest is being sued as Sackmann's employer.

Miller also filed a notification of change of attorney address for Robert Bernstein, who is now in Florham Park, N.J.

One of Jane Doe's filings in the suit sought the revocation of attorney Robert Bernstein's pro hac vice standing.

Pro hac vice standing is granted to attorneys on a case by case basis who are not licensed to practice law in a certain area.

Bernstein was a St. Louis-based attorney who represented Quest.

According to the plaintiff's May 31, 2011 motion, Bernstein's law license was suspended in Missouri shortly after he gained pro hac vice standing in the Madison County case.

On May 14, Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge denied attorney Susan Bassford Wilson's motion to withdraw as counsel for Quest Diagnostics until a new entry of appearance for Quest was filed.

Jane Doe seeks damages in excess of $50,000.

The defendants deny the allegations.

A number of filings in the case are currently sealed pursuant a September 2010 protective order entered after the case was covered by media outlets including the Madison County Record and St. Louis-based television news programs.

Emily Johnson and John J. Hopkins represent Jane Doe.

Michael Schwade represents Sackmann.

L.Allison McKeel also represents Quest.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-101.

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