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Peel conviction and sentence affirmed by Seventh Circuit

Ann Maher Feb. 7, 2012, 3:00am

Peel The conviction and sentence of former Madison County attorney Gary E. Peel, 67, has been affirmed by a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

As Facebook goes public, attorneys wrangle in class action

Ann Maher Feb. 2, 2012, 7:46am

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg EAST ST. LOUIS – While Facebook hopes to raise as much as $10 billion when it begins selling shares, attorneys pursuing a class action against the social network seek to assess billions of dollars in fines.

ATRA says CMD tried to undermine defendant in atrazine class action

Ann Maher Feb. 1, 2012, 9:35am

Graves The American Tort Reform Association says that a "WikiLeaks-like" website published by the Center for Media and Democracy had posted previously unsealed, proprietary documents related to a Madison County atrazine class action to undermine the defendant's standing with the public.

Lakin firm renamed SL Chapman; New offices in Alton, St. Louis, Phoenix

Ann Maher Feb. 1, 2012, 6:50am

Lakin Brad Lakin's law firm has a new name, new office locations, a leaner staff and a new managing partner.

Evans' proposal would allow all St. Clair County voters to decide fate of ESL elections board

Ann Maher Jan. 26, 2012, 1:44am

Evans State Rep. Paul Evans (R-O'Fallon) has introduced legislation that would allow all voters in St. Clair County to weigh in on the question of disbanding the East St. Louis Board of Elections.

Proposal would require judges to recuse if donations exceed $500 within five years

Ann Maher Jan. 25, 2012, 3:36am

Kay Legislation designed to keep judges from serving on cases where they may be influenced by campaign donations from lawyers has been introduced by State Reps. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) and Paul Evans (R-O'Fallon).

Crowder returned $30K campaign contributions on Dec. 16

Ann Maher Jan. 19, 2012, 11:40pm

Crowder Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder returned $30,000 in campaign contributions she received last month from lawyers at the top three local asbestos firms.

Weber would introduce legislation aimed at Madison County asbestos docket

Ann Maher Jan. 19, 2012, 6:27am

Weber State representative candidate Don Weber of Troy said he would introduce legislation to overturn local judicial rules that are unfair to defendants in asbestos lawsuits.

Madison County asbestos cases peak at 953 in 2011

Ann Maher Jan. 10, 2012, 9:21am

Murnane The number of asbestos cases filed in Madison County in 2011 matched a previous record high reached in 2003 at 953.

Fifth District candidates raise a little - in a race that has cost millions

Ann Maher Jan. 5, 2012, 10:49am

Cates While recent contests for the Fifth District Appellate Court have cost between $2-3 million, the candidates running this time have raised a mere $36,000 as of Dec. 31.

Mouse in Mountain Dew case goes viral

Ann Maher Jan. 4, 2012, 7:53am

A Madison County personal injury lawsuit involving a dead mouse and a can of Mountain Dew has drawn international headlines.

Madison County judicial contests - when they happen - are costly

Ann Maher Dec. 15, 2011, 5:24am

Yepsen Lawyer donations are a natural source of revenue for electing judges in Madison County, or anywhere in Illinois.

Crowder receives $30K in campaign contributions last week

Ann Maher Dec. 13, 2011, 4:14am

Lawyers from the three largest Madison County asbestos firms contributed $30,000 to asbestos Judge Barbara Crowder's campaign committee last week.

Two Republicans vying for Romani's seat in primary; No Democratic challenge to Napp

Ann Maher Dec. 8, 2011, 8:48am

Rabe Another attorney is seeking election to the Third Judicial Circuit and soon-to-be-vacant seat of retiring Judge Charles V. Romani, Jr.

Defendant in breach of contract suit involving frozen yogurt business denies claims

Ann Maher Dec. 5, 2011, 4:35am

A defendant in a breach of contract lawsuit denies allegations made against him involving an Edwardsville frozen yogurt business.

Tales of former Lakin attorneys: Scandal and fee fights

Ann Maher Nov. 23, 2011, 2:59am

Tom Lakin In some instances, the cast of lawyers that have come out of the Lakin firm have been just as colorful as the firm's class action claims.

Wood River mayor confirms layoffs at LakinChapman

Ann Maher Nov. 22, 2011, 6:19am

Ufert Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert has confirmed that LakinChapman law firm has laid off employees. He said he was told it was a "significant" number.

P U Part II: Something's fishy near the courthouse

Ann Maher Nov. 18, 2011, 2:25am

Last week the smell of skunk nearly overcame courthouse employees after a citizen, who had been sprayed by a skunk the night before, entered the courthouse to pay a bill.

Supreme Court won't reopen Avery v. State Farm

Ann Maher Nov. 17, 2011, 10:54am

Karmeier SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that it will not reopen Avery v. State Farm.

Ruth signs protective order in case against O'Fallon school district

Ann Maher Nov. 17, 2011, 6:48am

Falb Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth has ordered settlement documents reached with Alton school officials be kept confidential.