After completing the depositions, Brown moved Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis for summary judgment.
In a separate motion, Brown asked Kardis to dismiss the suit for failure to join Centerre Title as a necessary party. He asked Kardis to disqualify all of McLaughlin‘s attorneys for improper solicitation, arguing that they used Wyss as a straw man to obtain cases from Centerre Title clients whom they could not directly approach.
In December, Kardis denied the motion to dismiss but ordered Alliance Mortgage to add Centerre Title and Wyss himself as third party defendants. Kardis denied the motion to disqualify McLaughlin’s attorneys.
Apparently, Wyss surrendered his ten percent. Kardis wrote, “Defendants were provided with a fee renunciation letter.” Kardis sealed the letter.
McLaughlin responded to Alliance Mortgage’s motion for summary judgment on March 3.
Alliance Mortgage must reply to McLaughlin’s response by March 24. Kardis has told the parties he would hear arguments on summary judgment after that.