EAST ST. LOUIS – Rex Carr's former partners, probing for ways to collect hundreds of thousands he owes them, discovered the first thousand.
On Jan. 11, Regions Bank of Birmingham, Ala., reported to U.S. District Judge David Herndon that Carr carried $1,098.59 in a checking account on Dec. 27.
Former partners Stephen Tillery, Steven Katz and Douglas Sprong await returns from 20 other potential sources of assets.
Herndon awarded $635,171.21 to Tillery, Katz and Sprong last year, sanctioning Carr for harassing them with lawsuits over fees from cases they started together.
On Dec. 20, Tillery, Katz and Sprong served citations to discover assets on Carr, his firm, son Bruce Carr, six banks and 15 other businesses.
Tillery, Katz and Sprong set appointments for all 24 parties at the office of their lawyer, Robert Sprague of Belleville, on Jan. 12.
As of Jan. 13, no news had reached Herndon's docket from Sprague's office.
Tillery, Katz and Sprong already scored three zeroes.
Bank of America rushed a return declaring "No accounts" in
Carr told private detective Jeanetta McClintock of Godfrey he wouldn't accept service of citations for two companies.
He told her that Frame Classics Limited and Art Company London don't exist.
Tillery, Katz and Sprong await returns from Carr's firm, son Bruce Carr, Patricia Ryan Schmidt Interior Design Limited, RC Holding Company, Accent Area Rugs Limited, Carlyle Limited Partnership, and Art Classics Limited, all of East St. Louis.
They await returns from Carr himself, Rex Carr Corporation, Carlyle Yacht Club, and Horizon Cruises Limited, all of Belleville.
They await returns from Art Classics Limited of Trenton, Accentrix Inc. of O'Fallon, International Fuel Technology of Clayton, Mo., Beaver Investments of Pasadena, Texas, and Granite Investment Company, with no address.
They await returns from First Bank Belleville, Union Bank of Illinois, Associated Bank, and Central Bank of Lake of Ozarks.
Herndon sanctioned Carr after Seventh Circuit appeals judges in Chicago reversed him for failing to sanction him.
The Seventh District branded him "out of control."
Tillery, Katz and Sprong requested reimbursement of about $1.4 million in fees and costs, but Herndon disallowed most of the request.
He enjoined Carr from suing Tillery, Katz and Sprong over fees again, anywhere.
Carr moved to reduce the judgment last year, pleading financial ruin and old age.
Herndon let the sanction stand.
Carr appealed, to the same court that found him out of control.
He conceded he owed the judgment but argued he can only pay it if they let him sue Tillery, Katz and Sprong one more time.
He wrote that they calculated his fee at $727,156.27 in the Clevenger case, $315,364.93 in Call v. Ameritech, and $12,776.46 in Little v. Brinker.
"Carr should have been paid all such fees promptly and without objection," he wrote.
Tillery, Katz and Sprong cross appealed, seeking the full amount they requested.
Tillery, Katz and Sprong face a Feb. 2 deadline to respond to Carr and to open the briefing in the cross appeal.
Carr faces a March 4 deadline to reply in his appeal and respond in the cross appeal.