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Judge Sarah Smith certified as Illinois National Guard’s first military judge under code of military justice

Melissa Busch May 17, 2017, 11:53am

EDWARDSVILLE — Growing up in Edwardsville, Third Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Sarah Smith, a daughter of a lineman and a stay-at-home mom, knew that if she wanted to go college, she would have to figure out a way to pay for it.

Appellate court rules Belleville woman has no standing to act as guardian for granddaughter

Melissa Busch May 5, 2017, 6:58am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Stephen McGlynn erred when he made a Belleville woman the guardian of her 6-year-old granddaughter whose father allegedly has drug and mental health problems.

District Court judge throws out nine claims against maker of drug Depakote due to Indiana statute of repose

Melissa Busch Apr. 24, 2017, 3:33pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has dismissed the claims of nine plaintiffs in Multi-District Litigation against the makers of the anti-epilepsy drug Depakote which allegedly causes serious birth defects in children.

Rosenstengel denies former deck crew's request to declare what constitutes a thunderstorm

Melissa Busch Apr. 18, 2017, 9:23am

BENTON, Il. – An Illinois federal court denied a request by a former crew member, who claims he was injured while working on a boat during severe weather conditions, for the court to attest to what constitutes a thunderstorm.

Widow's suit alleges negligence by asbestos manufacturers

Melissa Busch Apr. 13, 2017, 9:55am

BELLEVILLE — The widow of a former mechanic and truck driver is suing numerous asbestos product manufacturers and distributors for wrongfully causing the death of her husband.

Former railroad employee claims negligence caused asbestos-induced lung cancer

Melissa Busch Apr. 13, 2017, 9:53am

BELLEVILLE — A former engineer is suing past employers and others who manufactured or distributed asbestos products, stating their negligence led to his lung cancer.

Widow files suit claiming negligence in husband's alleged asbestos-related cancer

Melissa Busch Apr. 13, 2017, 9:51am

BELLEVILLE — The widow of a former technician and electrician is suing numerous asbestos manufacturers, distributors and installers, claiming their negligence led to her husband’s death.

WalletHub says Illinois has highest state and local tax burden; Voters seem to be feeling pinch

Melissa Busch Apr. 11, 2017, 4:30pm

Illinois has the highest state and local tax burden in the country, according to a recent report by a personal finance website.

Outgoing O'Fallon mayor hopes voters choose business-friendly candidate as successor

Melissa Busch Mar. 31, 2017, 11:55am

O’FALLON — The other day, a young man turned to O’Fallon mayor Gary Graham and said, “You are the only mayor I have ever known.”

Court upholds age discrimination and retaliation claims against BeDell Center

Melissa Busch Mar. 31, 2017, 10:50am

U.S. District Judge David Herndon has upheld age discrimination and common law retaliation claims brought by a former employee at a facility that provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Gilster-Mary Corp. ordered to pay half of attorney fees in liability case

Melissa Busch Mar. 17, 2017, 8:08am

EAST ST. LOUIS — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois ordered Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. (GML) to pay half of the attorney’s fees and costs to plaintiff BNSF Railway Co., following a dispute in a liability case.