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One law firm sues another over check

By Louie Torres | Jun 9, 2016

EDWARDSVILLE — One Alton law firm is suing another, with the plaintiff alleging that the defendant endorsed and deposited a check intended for the plaintiff and kept most of the amount.

Schrempf, Kelly, Napp & Darr Ltd. filed a complaint on June 3 in Madison County Circuit Court against Lanny Darr and Darr Law Offices Ltd., a/k/a Darr Firm, citing alleged breach of contract and unpaid debt.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that Schrempf, Kelly, Napp & Darr, Ltd. was granted judgment entered in Madison County Circuit Court and was supposed to receive the check for $45,587.20. However, the plaintiff claims, the defendant endorsed and deposited the check and has withheld $40,476.99. The plaintiff holds the defendant responsible because the defendant allegedly acted on behalf of plaintiff by converting the check and then deposited the proceeds to the defendant's bank account without being authorized by the plaintiff.

The plaintiff seeks judgment against the defendant for compensatory damages in the amount of $40,476.99 plus interest, punitive damages in an amount in excess of $25,000, court costs and any further relief as the court sees fit. The plaintiff is represented by David L. Antognoli and Ann E. Callis of Goldenberg, Heller & Antognoli, P.C. in Edwardsville.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 16-L-766

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