East St. Louis given more time to respond to landlord's class action

By Steve Korris | Jul 26, 2013

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. Magistrate Judge Philip Frazier has granted the city of East St. Louis extra time to respond to a landlord’s class action over trash service.

On July 23, Frazier extended a deadline for the city’s answer from July 24 to Aug. 26.

Lawyer John Sabo, representing the city, had moved for an extension to Sept. 9.

"The city requires additional time to prepare its response to the panoply of claims being asserted against it by the plaintiffs," Sabo wrote.

Sabo entered his appearance for the city along with James Clayborne and Michael Wagner, all of Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner in Belleville.

Belleville lawyer Alvin Paulson filed the action on July 2, on behalf of three real estate companies of the Sieron family.

Paulson pleaded 17 counts claiming the city improperly issued nuisance citations.

“This practice is a form of harassment and unduly burdens low income individuals and minorities,” he wrote.

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