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Napp receives 'recommended' rating in ISBA poll; Burkart says poll is influenced by politics

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2012, 11:23am

Napp More than 90 percent of lawyers who participated in an Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) poll in the Third Judicial Circuit believe that Madison County Associate Judge Kyle Napp meets the requirements of office.

McGlynn and Cates rated 'highly qualified' in ISBA poll

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2012, 5:42am

McGlynn Fifth District Appellate Court candidates Stephen McGlynn and Judy Cates both were rated "highly qualified" in an Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) poll conducted of lawyers within the district.

ISBA judicial evaluations released

Ann Maher Feb. 22, 2012, 5:36am

SPRINGFIELD - All candidates for Illinois judicial offices in the March 20 primary election have been rated by Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) evaluation committees, or in a poll conducted by ISBA.

Collinsville mayor says two-tier tow fee is justified

Ann Maher Feb. 16, 2012, 8:25am

Miller Collinsville Mayor John Miller believes his city's two-tier tow fee structure ($100 and $500) is justifiable and will be upheld in court, despite a class action lawsuit that claims assessing higher fees for drivers arrested on DUI or suspended or revoked license charges violates their due process rights.

Madison County cities push back in class actions over DUI tow fees

Ann Maher Feb. 16, 2012, 5:50am

Holland An attorney for the City of Granite City says the plaintiff in a proposed class action over certain towing fees failed to exhaust administrative remedies before filing suit.

20th Circuit features two judicial contests in '12

Ann Maher Feb. 14, 2012, 11:00am

Cruse Judicial contests in Madison and St. Clair counties, rarities in recent elections, are helping to shape the 2012 political landscape.

Asbestos and class action firms donating to Cates in appellate court campaign

Ann Maher Feb. 14, 2012, 8:00am

Cates Asbestos and class action attorneys are contributing in a big way to the campaign of Fifth District Appellate Court candidate Judy Cates of Swansea.

Frazier denies Syngenta AG's motion for protective order on documents and depositions

Ann Maher Feb. 14, 2012, 5:52am

Tillery U.S. Magistrate Philip Frazier has denied a defendant's motion for a protective order on documents sought in a proposed class action involving atrazine, as well as the company's request for an order prohibiting depositions of witnesses who are not its employees or directors.

Eye injuries claimed in rear-end accident with concrete mixer truck

Ann Maher Feb. 9, 2012, 7:46am

Glisson A man has filed suit against the driver who he claims rear-ended the truck in which he was riding, causing him to sustain serious eye injuries.

Fourth District vacates McLean County asbestos conspiracy verdicts; New hearings on whether Honeywell witness must testify

Ann Maher Feb. 7, 2012, 11:00am

Cook SPRINGFIELD - The Fourth District Appellate Court has vacated two McLean County asbestos conspiracy verdicts, remanding them for new hearings on whether the defendant's expert should be compelled to appear at trial.

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.