Jury trial scheduled for second time in water main leak lawsuit against Edwardsville

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 27, 2013


Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth has ordered a jury trial to being Jan. 13, 2014, at 9 a.m. in a lawsuit filed by Edwardsville home owners against the city over a water main line leak.

Ruth previously had set the case for trial in September 2012. The trial was stricken and continued for a later date.

According to the complaint, Raymere N. Oglesby, who owns property at 407 Olive Street, and Maxie Johnson, who owns property at 605 Hill Lane, claim their walls, concrete flooring and property foundations sustained extensive water damage due to a water main line leak, which was discovered on Aug. 25, 2009. The water damage allegedly caused mold to grow on the plaintiffs’ properties.

Oglesby and Johnson blame Edwardsville for causing their damages, arguing that the city failed to timely repair a leak that it had knowledge of.

Oglesby and Johnson seek a judgment of more than $50,000.

Ruth has scheduled a case management conference for Oct. 30 at 9 a.m.

Peter J. Maag of the Maag Law Firm in Wood River represents the plaintiffs.

Charles A. Pierce of the Pierce Law Firm represents the City of Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 11-L-174

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