Christina Stueve Hodges Aug. 22, 2013, 8:30am

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot on Aug. 12 set a Dec. 9 case management conference in a couple’s lawsuit against East St. Louis attorney Rex Carr.

Carr is fighting the couple’s claim in court that he did not properly “perform lawyerly duties.”

Bruce K. Siddle and Sandra K. Siddle of PPCT Management Systems allege they hired Rex Carr and Bruce Carr of the Rex Carr Law Firm to file a lawsuit against various doctors and companies. The lawsuit arose from a failed business partnership, where the couple claims they incurred more than $2 million in damages.

The Siddles blame the Carrs and The Rex Carr Law Firm for causing their injuries, saying the attorneys did not provide professional services as they would normally supply. Because of the outcome of the case, the Siddles claim they lost $2,159,738.

Rex Carr responded to the complaint July 2, denying the allegations and stating the plaintiffs contributed to or were responsible for their own harm by failing to exercise reasonable care in providing the Carrs with information needed to advise the plaintiffs on their claims against the defendants.

Carr wrote further:

“…plaintiffs are barred by the doctrine of unclean hands from recovery damages from defendants in these proceedings. The court will not aid one who comes to court with unclean hands.”

He demands a trial by jury.

The Siddles seek more than $50,000.

They are represented by B. Jay Dowling of the Law Offices of Sterling and Dowling in Fairview Heights.

Rex Carr is representing himself.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number: 13-L-238.

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