Case management conference set in woman's retaliatory discharge case against Madison

By Amelia Flood | Feb 22, 2011


A case management conference is set tomorrow in a suit brought by a woman who claims she was wrongfully fired by the city of Madison after he pursued a workers' compensation claim.

The conference is set before Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth at 9 a.m.

Plaintiff Courtney Burrell is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 and costs.

Ruth is the latest judge to oversee the case.

It has previously passed through the dockets belonging to Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis and more recently Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla.

Hylla recused himself from the case in January.

Ruth took it over Jan. 28.

Burrell claims that he was wrongfully fired in 2007 by the city after he sought workers' compensation for injuries he suffered when the Bobcat he was operating struck a live wire.

Madison had moved for partial summary judgment in the suit.

The city contends that Burrell's damages were the result of the injury not the firing.

The city cites the plaintiff's admission that after the incident with the live wire he could not work anymore.

Jim Ellis represents Burrell.

James Craney represents the city.

The case is Madison case number 08-L-1162.

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