Attorneys still at odds over testimony, discovery in Rossi civil case

Aaron Rossi
Aaron Rossi(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Sep. 20, 2022 at 6:29 PM CDT
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PEKIN (25 News Now) - Lawyers are still at odds over several procedural issues in a civil lawsuit against the sidelined Reditus Labs CEO Aaron Rossi.

Business partners including Jim Davie are suing Rossi for allegedly pushing them out and misusing company funds as the lab won more than $200 million in state COVID testing contracts.

Two months ago, Judge Stephen Couri postponed hearings to give the two sides time to work things out. 60 days later, it seems they aren’t any closer to either a settlement or a civil trial.

In the Tuesday afternoon hearing at the Tazewell County Courthouse, Judge Couri got exasperated with attorneys, at one point even telling them to sit down and take a rest.

In the end, Couri ruled that an apparent Rossi attorney, Michael Evans, will be compelled to give a deposition in the case within the next few months. Davie’s attorney Pete Lubin wants Evans deposed because he says Evans might have helped Rossi push his client out. But Evans’ attorney Patricia Argentati says those communications with Rossi would fall under attorney-client privilege, making the deposition pointless.

Rossi is also facing federal tax and mail fraud charges stemming from years ago before he bought PAL Health Technologies and founded Reditus Labs in 2019. That case is set for trial in January.