Status conference set in class action lawsuit against Body Central Stores

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 30, 2013

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien scheduled a mandatory status

conference in a lawsuit against a popular Fairview Heights clothing store for allegedly videotaping women in the dressing room without their knowledge.

LeChien set the status conference for Dec. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, plaintiffs Trania Pawnell, Kimberly Stacker and Jamie Manske filed a putative class action lawsuit against Body Central Stores, claiming it video recorded them and other women in the changing rooms.

Because the women claim they did not give consent to be videotaped, Body Central’s actions were unauthorized and illegal, the suit states.

“As a direct and proximate result of defendant’s intrusion upon the privacy of the individual plaintiffs while each was in a changing room, plaintiffs have suffered embarrassment, mental anguish and emotional distress,” the suit states.

The women seek unspecified compensatory and statutory damages, injunctive relief, costs, pre and post-judgment interest and any other relief the court deems just.

David I. Cates and Ryan J. Mahoney of Cates Mahoney in Swansea is representing the plaintiffs.

An attorney for the defendant has not yet been identified.

St. Clair County Circuit Court case number 13-L-451

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