Christina Stueve Hodges Aug. 8, 2013, 8:37am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien set an Oct. 17 status hearing in a St. Clair County man’s lawsuit against an area law firm for allegedly failing to file suit against the person who rear-ended him in a motor vehicle accident in 2007.

Gene Schmidt is accusing defendant Andrew G. Toennies, an attorney at Lashly & Baer, for allegedly allowing the statute of limitations to expire against the driver of a vehicle that rear-ended him.

The lawsuit filed Feb. 14 in St. Clair County Circuit Court states that allowing the statute of limitations to expire caused claims for personal injuries to be time barred and caused him to be deprived of damages to which he was entitled for severe and permanently disabling injuries.

Toennies and Lashly & Baer denied the allegations and demanded a trial by jury in their response to the complaint.

Bruce Cook of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin represents the plaintiff.

Michael Murphy represents the law firm.

Toennies represents himself.

St. Clair County case number 13-L-85.

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