EDWARDSVILLE – A consultant is suing
attorney Daniel Schuering and Schuering Law for allegedly damaging his reputation.
Keith Moran and Moran Economic
Development Inc., filed the suit April 20 in Madison County Circuit
Court against Daniel P. Schuering and Schuering Law Ltd.
The plaintiff, through his company,
provides tax increment financing (TIF) services to municipalities in
Illinois, the suit says. Specifically, he helps them evaluate whether the
municipality may properly adopt a tax abatement program within
redevelopment project areas.
According to the complaint, the
defendant sent a letter to at least 44 different municipalities in 22
counties in Illinois, claiming that the plaintiff failed to disclose
to those communities a prior commercial relationship with an equities
firm as well as other questionable business practices.
On April 29, 2015, the defendant sent
letters to each municipality which allegedly accused the plaintiff of
violating the TIF Act by failing to disclose an existing business
relationship with Westmore Equities, according to the claim.
The plaintiff seeks, for himself and
his company, judgment in excess of $50,000 for each of nine counts of
negligent libel, and compensatory damages of at least $50,000 and
punitive damages of $500,000 for each of nine counts of malicious
libel. He is represented by Terry I. Bruckert of Bruckert, Gruenke &
Long PC in O'Fallon.
Madison County Circuit Court case