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Hipskind & McAninch founders named 2017 ‘Super Lawyers Rising Stars’

The Madison County Record Jan. 17, 2017, 6:46pm

John Hipskind and Brady McAninch of Hipskind & McAninch LLC in Belleville were both named Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars by Thompson Reuters.

Judge: St. Clair County doesn't count as a person in highway guardrail class action

The Madison County Record Jan. 17, 2017, 4:42pm

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly and private counsel David Cates must drop consumer fraud claims against a manufacturer of highway guardrails, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ruled on Jan. 10. 

Democrat Party’s alienation of rural America similar to urban rejection of Republicans

The Madison County Record Jan. 17, 2017, 3:23pm

As the inauguration of Donald J. Trump approaches, there’s one setting that’s likely to celebrate rather than resist the coming transition of power – rural America.

Northwestern justice center gets OK to inspect jail for Cahokia resident claiming wrongful incarceration

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 4:46pm

BENTON – Northwestern University lawyers representing a man with the mind of a child who spent seven months in St. Clair County jail for a crime he didn’t commit have gained court approval to inspect and photograph the jail.

How James Lakin ‘fell’ into some money

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 3:42pm

When people tell you that they've fallen into money, you naturally assume that they mean it figuratively. You don't suppose they were sailing in a sea of currency and capsized or that they might have been working in a money plant and toppled into a vat of Federal Reserve Notes.

Appellate judges contemplating life of AFSCME contract, as troopers litigate similar claims in LeChien’s court

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 2:19pm

Illinois judges continue to prolong the life of the contract that covers about 38,000 state employees in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

Remand of Home Depot class action upheld by Seventh Circuit; Madison Co. case originated in small claims

The Madison County Record Jan. 10, 2017, 10:43am

Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote that Home Depot "fears that doing so (remand) would reward gamesmanship, because lawyers would be able to use small claims litigation as springboards for counterclaim class actions that would be stuck in state court.  

Woman alleges injuries from trip and fall at grocery store

The Madison County Record Jan. 9, 2017, 10:23pm

BELLEVILLE — A woman is suing Schnuck Markets after she allegedly tripped on a rug.

Employee sues over wet floor mat

The Madison County Record Jan. 7, 2017, 11:34pm

EDWARDSVILLE — An Alton car dealership employee is suing a maintenance provider for allegedly delivering wet floor mats, causing him to fall.

St. Clair Nissan accused of deceptive business practices

The Madison County Record Jan. 6, 2017, 1:23pm

BELLEVILLE — A consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against St. Clair Nissan Inc., a car dealership, citing alleged deceptive business practices.

Stylist sues Mission Essential Barber after slipping on ice

The Madison County Record Jan. 6, 2017, 1:10pm

BELLEVILLE — A hair stylist is suing after she allegedly slipped on snow or ice and injured herself.

County Board member provides update

The Madison County Record Jan. 4, 2017, 12:09pm

The purpose of this letter is to provide information on my recent efforts as County Board District Three representative, which includes the areas of Pocahantas, Grantfork, Hamel, portions of Highland, New Douglas, Prairietown, Williamson, Worden, and some Staunton and Edwardsville mailing addresses.

Quick to grant discovery, maybe Judge Gleeson should be subjected to it, too

The Madison County Record Jan. 4, 2017, 11:15am

Two years ago, St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson ordered attorneys Paul Duffy, John Steele, and Paul Hansmeier to show why they shouldn’t be held in contempt, sanctioned, and obliged to compensate a cable provider for producing the identities of its targeted subscribers.

'uConnect' class action led by Wigginton unraveling at federal court; Judge finds plaintiffs lack standing to bring injury claims

The Madison County Record Jan. 4, 2017, 8:21am

EAST ST. LOUIS – Former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton’s transition to the private sector includes representing a class of clients suing Chrysler over the alleged hacking of the “uConnect” information and entertainment system.

Guest sues resort operators over broken lounge chair

The Madison County Record Jan. 3, 2017, 3:32pm

BELLEVILLE — A woman claims she was injured on a broken lounge chair while vacationing in Jamaica.

Timing of LeChien’s TRO for AFSCME questioned by Rauner in brief to appellate court

The Madison County Record Jan. 3, 2017, 7:59am

MOUNT VERNON – Counsel to Gov. Bruce Rauner indicates the state may have been misled by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien when he preserved the status quo for state workers last month, according to a chronology that Rauner’s lawyer prepared.

LeChien substitution rate persists in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 8:23am

St. Clair County voters approved circuit judge Robert LeChien in November, but litigants continue seeking to replace him. 

New chief judge, same dubious behavior

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 7:38am

St. Clair County Court has a new chief judge: Andrew Gleeson has replaced John Baricevic.

Former Prenda attorneys who litigated porn hacking suits in St. Clair County indicted in Minnesota

The Madison County Record Dec. 21, 2016, 7:02am

MINNEAPOLIS – Paul Hansmeier and John Steele, who face criminal charges that they fooled judges into helping them extort $6 million from pornography watchers, found favor in the court of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson.  

Fifth District directs LeChien to review order extending AFSCME contract

The Madison County Record Dec. 19, 2016, 10:58am

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien must review his order extending the union contract of 38,000 state employees in light of a state agency’s opposite decision, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Dec. 16.