Mudge to hear motions in revealed STD test results suit

By Amelia Flood | Jun 9, 2011


Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge is set to hear a series of moves filed in a suit brought by a woman who claims a romantic rival leaked the results of a sexually transmitted disease test.

Mudge will hear a plea by plaintiff Jane Doe to file an amended complaint against Quest Diagnostics at 10 a.m. on June 16.

The judge will also hear arguments on a sanctions motion and on a move filed by the plaintiff that would revoke the pro hac vice standing of a defense attorney for Quest.

Mudge recently entered an order denying Sackmann leave to file a counterclaim against the man at the center of the romantic triangle that led to the suit.

Jane Doe filed suit against Sackmann and Quest last year.

In her complaint, the plaintiff alleged that Sackmann, a Quest employee, was involved romantically with the same man as Jane Doe.

Sackmann then allegedly leaked the results of a herpes test Jane Doe took.

The plaintiff is suing Sackmann for allegedly leaking the test results and Quest as Sackmann's employer.

The suit seeks damages in excess of $50,000 per count and other relief.

The defendants deny the allegations.

A number of the filings in the case are currently sealed pursuant a September 2010 protective order entered after the case was covered by media outlets including the Madison County Record and St. Louis-based television news programs.

Jane Doe's most recent filing in the suit seeks the revocation of attorney Robert Bernstein's pro hac vice standing.

Pro hac vice standing is granted to attorneys on a case by case basis who are not licensed to practice law in a certain area.

Bernstein is a St. Louis-based attorney who represents Quest.

According to the plaintiff's May 31 motion, his law license was suspended in Missouri shortly after he gained pro hac vice standing in the Madison County case.

Emily Johnson represents Jane Doe.

Michae Schwade represents Sackmann.

L.Allison McKeel also represents Quest.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-101.

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