On Friday, Feb. 18 President George W. Bush was signing. Edwardsville plaintiff's attorney Bob Perica joined the last-minute filing madness. He filed a class action suit against Sealy Mattress Company and department store operator Famous Barr.
And Metro East plaintiff's attorney legend Stephen Tillery was hustling.
The name partner of Korein Tillery of Swansea managed to file nine class action law suits in Madison County Circuit Court on Friday before Bush could sign the Class Action Fairness Act, which would have pushed many of the cases into federal court.
Targets this time for Tillery included Allstate, AIG, State Farm, Pfizer, First Union National Bank, Select Portfolio, WMC, Mortgage, American Equity Mortgage, De Beers and Diamond Trading Company.
Tillery's nine lawsuits made Friday a record-setter for Madison County. All told, thirteen were filed-- totaling 34 class action lawsuits for the year.
In other "pre-deadline" class action filings:
Perica's client, David Rook, alleges that Sealy refused to replace a warranted mattress because it has a stain on it. Rook also alleges Famous Barr misrepresented the terms of the warranty which he claims stated the mattress would be repaired or replaced if defective.
Plaintiff's attorney Jeffery Lowe of St. Louis named more than fifty defendants in a class action alleging a mini-blind sales conspiracy. Among them: K-Mart, Wal-Mart, May Department Stores, Lowe’s, Montgomery Ward, Sears, JCPenny, Fingerhut, Super Dollar, Marietta Drapery & Window, Ace Hardware, and Big Lots.
Lowe's lawsuit charges the retailers worked together to conceal dangers associated with the popular window coverings.
Goldenberg, Miller, Heller, & Antognoli of Edwardsville sued telecommunications fiber wholesaler 360 Networks, Inc.
The Law Offices of William E Miller sued Ford Motor Company and Albrecht Hamlin Chevrolet of Wood River.