Locally operated repossession company transfers case to federal court

Christina Stueve Hodges Aug. 1, 2012, 4:14am



United Repossessors, a defendant in a Madison County civil lawsuit, has removed the case to federal court.

Plaintiffs Todd and Stacey Hindrichs filed suit against the Granite City company and three of its employees in June alleging wrongful repossession of their 2005 Jeep Cherokee that took place at their Jefferson County, Mo. home in February.

In its July 25 removal notice, United Repossessors argues that the allegations involves citizens of different states, which entitles it to removal.

The plaintiffs are residents of Missouri. Defendant URI is a Tennessee company with its principal place of business in Kansas.

Co-defendant TD Auto Finance is a Michigan company with its principal place of business in Michigan.

The plaintiffs' complaint also alleges assault, battery, conversion, intentional infliction of emotional distress and trespass.

United Repossessors demands a trial by jury.

The Hindrichs accuse TD Finance and URI and its employees of violating the Uniform Commercial Code for wrongfully taking their car.

Michael E. Bub and D. Keith Henson of St. Louis represent United Repossesors.

Attorneys Eric Evans of Granite City and Jason A. Charpentier of St. Louis represent the Hindrichs.

Madison County Circuit Court Case No. 12-L-767

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