Christina Stueve Hodges Nov. 29, 2012, 4:13pm

A Jefferson County, Mo. couple filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit they had filed against a Granite City company for allegedly wrongfully repossessing their 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Plaintiffs Todd and Stacey Hindrichs sued United Repossessors Inc. (URI) of Granite City in June.

United removed the case to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on July 16 on the basis of diversity of jurisdiction, which the plaintiffs claim the company knew to be false.

U.S. District Judge David Herndon remanded the case to Madison County on Aug. 14.

A first amended complaint named defendant Maerhanda Rolens, Phillip Wahby and Scott Hopfinger, agents of United Repossessors, who went to the Hindriches home to repossess the Jeep Cherokee on Feb. 22.

Defendant URI, in its answer to the second amended complaint, stated the plaintiff was in default of a loan from Defendant T.D. Auto Finance. However, the plaintiffs claimed their account was current.

The motion to voluntarily dismiss was filed Nov. 26.

The Hindriches had sought in excess of $50,000 in damages.

Jason A. Charpentier of Growe Eisen Karlen in St. Louis and Eric Evans of Evans/Blasi in Granite City represent the plaintiff.

D. Keith Henson and Michael E. Bub of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal in St. Louis represent United Repossessors.

Madison County case number 12-L-767.

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