EDWARDSVILLE – Gori Julian law firm, a national leader in asbestos litigation, has tangled itself in a $70,000 dispute over soap and towels and such.
Gori Julian lawyer Aaron Ankrom started the action on Feb. 22, suing property service company Cintas in Madison County chancery court.
Ankrom petitioned for a temporary restraining order keeping Cintas out of five properties in Edwardsville.
According to the suit, Cintas breached an agreement from 2016, providing for Cintas to enter property at 105 Plaza Court.
Cintas allegedly entered Gori Julian properties at 142 N. Main St., 156 N. Main St., 1801 N. Main St., 111 E. Vandalia, and 101 W. Schwartz, and allegedly committed fraud by charging for materials and supplies it didn’t provide.
As a result, Gori Julian suffered economic damage and intended to file suit seeking compensation.
Attorney Katherine Smith of Edwardsville filed the petition with Ankrom.
At a hearing on Feb. 26, associate judge Thomas Chapman issued no order but set a hearing March 1.
On Feb. 28, Ankrom and Smith moved to continue the hearing.
Cintas consented and Chapman granted the motion, writing that he would set the hearing again at the request of the parties.
They hadn’t requested it as of April 17, and on that date, Cintas sued Gori Julian in circuit court.
Attorney Wesley Kozeny of Creve Coeur, Mo., wrote that Cintas and Gori Julian signed an agreement for five years and Gori Julian breached it by prematurely canceling it.
The Cintas suit claims that Gori Julian signed an addendum five days after signing the agreement, providing for services at three locations, and that Gori Julian purchased or rented certain goods and services.
“To date, Gori Julian remains in possession of goods supplied by plaintiff Cintas under the agreement,” the suit claims.
The suit claims damages of $50,732.25 at 156 N. Main St., $12,545.51 on West Schwartz, and $6,930.20 on Plaza Court, for a total of $70,207.96.
Attorney Sara Knittel of Creve Coeur filed the complaint with Kozeny.
Chief Judge David Hylla assigned it to Circuit Judge David Dugan.