An Edwardsville woman who sued an architecture company alleging she was injured while walking around a building at SIUE has denied the affirmative defenses asserted by defendant FGM Architects.

The company claims plaintiff Joy Tedford was negligent when she failed to keep a lookout for snow and ice while walking around a campus building on Feb. 2, 2011.

Tedford sued FGM and William Brothers Construction on June 25 in Madison County Circuit Court, claiming the companies negligently designed a roof on the SIUE campus where she is employed.

She is seeking an amount in excess of $50,000.

FGM Architects filed an answer to the lawsuit on Aug. 3, claiming the lawsuit is barred by a state law, since its design work was completed no later than 2000, and more than 10 years have elapsed since their work was complete.

FGM also claims the plaintiff failed to protect herself from injury and is entitled to no recovery in that she was more than 50 percent at fault for her injuries; or in the alternative the plaintiff's damages must be diminished in proportion to the amount of fault attributable to the plaintiff.

Tedford responded to FGM on Aug. 13, denying the company's assertions.

Williams Brothers on July 31 filed a motion for extension of time to plead, since it has not had adequate time to prepare a responsive pleading.

James R. Williams of Williams, Caponi & Foley in Belleville represents the plaintiff.

Steven M. Cockriel and Philip Christofferson of St. Louis represent FGM Architects.

William Knapp of Knapp, Ohl & Green represents Williams Brothers Construction.

The case is assigned to Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian.

The case is Madison County number 12-L-893

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