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Kilbride retention race was nation's costliest, report says

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 27, 2011, 4:56am

Kilbride WASHINGTON - A campaign to unseat Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride triggered the nation's costliest retention election in 25 years, according to a national report released Thursday.

St. Louis judge declares mistrial in Tillery tobacco case

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 27, 2011, 3:26am

Tillery ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) - A St. Louis jury on Tuesday failed to return a verdict in a class action case against Philip Morris USA over whether smokers were deceived into believing "light" and low-tar cigarettes reduced health hazards.

U.S. SC limits class action lawsuits

Jessica Karmasek Apr. 28, 2011, 10:25am

Scalia WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday, in a 5-4 vote, that companies can enforce contracts that bar class action lawsuits.

YTB International settles with Madigan

Jessica Karmasek Apr. 13, 2011, 2:54pm

Madigan YTB International announced on Tuesday that it has settled with Attorney General Lisa Madigan for allegedly violating the state's unfair competition and advertising laws.

Illinois Supreme Court says no to $40 baggage fee suit against AA

Jessica Karmasek Mar. 31, 2011, 4:41am

Freeman SPRINGFIELD (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that a Northbrook woman cannot continue with her lawsuit against American Airlines over a $40 baggage fee.

Lawsuit Loan Shark bill fails on amendment vote

Jessica Karmasek Jan. 7, 2011, 1:22am

Hoffman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A 'Lawsuit Loan Shark' bill failed by a large margin during a House floor vote Thursday night.

Survey: Voters say there are too many 'meritless' lawsuits

Jessica Karmasek Nov. 4, 2010, 7:48am

Rickard WASHINGTON - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform released a national survey Thursday that reveals 88 percent of voters who cast ballots in Tuesday's election believe there are too many "meritless" lawsuits.

Kilbride retention election the most expensive of the decade

Jessica Karmasek Oct. 21, 2010, 2:44am

Kilbride An Illinois Supreme Court race has become the nation's most expensive one-candidate retention election this decade, according to a public policy and law institute and a campaign group aimed at keeping courts fair.