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I-LAW encourages voters to pay attention to upcoming judicial races

Kristin Danley-Greiner Oct. 7, 2016, 7:24am

Voters are being encouraged to educate themselves on judicial candidates running for election and judges running for retention during this week of "Lawsuit Abuse Awareness," especially those who have personal injury litigation backgrounds or who receive campaign contributions from personal injury interests. 

Landlord sues tenants for $210,000 in back rent, other costs

The Madison County Record Oct. 5, 2016, 11:02am

EDWARDSVILLE — Two Wood River, Illinois tenants are being sued by their landlord for more than $210,000 in back rent and other associated costs.

Philip Morris rejects Caperton comparison to Price; Defense responds to Tillery in $10.1 billion tobacco case

The Madison County Record Dec. 16, 2015, 7:05am

SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers who claim a U.S. Supreme Court decision disqualifies Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier from a case involving Philip Morris miss their mark, according to Philip Morris.

Illinois Supreme Court establishes uniform standards, certification process for problem-solving courts

Ann Maher Dec. 9, 2015, 8:20am

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the creation of uniform standards and a certification and application process for problem-solving courts across the state. Statewide standards will bring uniformity, accountability and administrative oversight to problem solving courts in Illinois, where there are already more than 100 in operation and more in the planning stages.

Next round begins in lawyers' battle for billions; Tillery team seeks to restore Price, disqualify Karmeier

The Madison County Record Nov. 24, 2015, 8:09am

SPRINGFIELD – Lawyer Stephen Tillery wants all Illinois Supreme Court Justices except Lloyd Karmeier to consider restoring a $10 billion judgment he won against cigarette maker Philip Morris in 2003. On Nov. 17, Robert King of Tillery’s firm moved to recall a mandate the Court issued against the judgment in 2005. King also moved for Karmeier’s recusal or disqualification, citing an objective and reasonable public perception of his bias in favor of Philip Morris.

IDC supports Prairie Farms in seeking to reverse revived '06 case; argument centers on plaintiffs' failure to meet deadlines

The Madison County Record Nov. 24, 2015, 7:28am

SPRINGFIELD – Court orders that dismiss civil actions should count as final judgments if plaintiffs ignore deadlines to amend, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel argues at the Illinois Supreme Court.

Edwardsville couple's $1.53 million jury verdict involving sediment trespass will stand

Ann Maher Nov. 5, 2015, 3:22pm

The Illinois Supreme Court on Sept. 30 denied the defendants' petition for leave to appeal a Fifth District Appellate Court decision that upheld a verdict awarding Fred and Jaunita Steinkuehler $765,000 in compensatory damages against both defendants and $765,000 in punitive damages against Thiems.

Stobbs rules MC asbestos court lacks personal jurisidction over Texan defendant; Murco's joint compound blend also did not contain asbestos

The Madison County Record Nov. 4, 2015, 7:44am

Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs dismissed a Texas defendant from an asbestos suit on Oct. 20, for lack of jurisdiction. He entered an order in favor of Murco Wall Products six days after a hearing. “Defendant Murco maintains that they did not conduct business or make sales of products manufactured by Murco to the state of Illinois and the plaintiff offers insufficient evidence that it did,” Stobbs wrote.

Celebration planned for Madison County Courthouse's 100th anniversary

Hanna Nakano Oct. 15, 2015, 1:45pm

The Madison County Courthouse is preparing to commemorate its 100th anniversary much in the way it was opened – with lots of pomp, and a celebration that opens its doors to the public.

I-LAW criticizes judiciary during 'Lawsuit Abuse Awareness' rallies

Ann Maher Oct. 6, 2015, 11:35am

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch Executive Director Travis Akin leveled a stinging rebuke of the courts in St. Clair and Madison counties today over recent moves made by judges. Akin called the decisions of Twentieth Circuit judges John Baricevic, Robert Haida and Robert LeChien to run for election rather than retention

Campaign finance records for third quarter due next week

Ann Maher Oct. 5, 2015, 2:01pm

Even though the next general election is more than a year away, campaign finance records due next week may provide clues as to how competitive races will be.

Yandle remands ovarian cancer-talcum powder case to Madison County

The Madison County Record Sep. 10, 2015, 4:30pm

U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle has sent a claim that talcum powder caused ovarian cancer back to Madison County circuit court where it began.

Madison County GOP chair says judges missed opportunity for 'diversity of thought'

Ann Maher Sep. 8, 2015, 4:50pm

Madison County Republican Central Committee chairman Chris Slusser is frustrated over the selection process used in the recent and pending appointments of five associate judges to the Third Judicial Circuit. "It's nothing personal," Slusser said.

Flack, Schuette and Simmons to fill three remaining Third Circuit vacancies

Ann Maher Sep. 4, 2015, 5:48pm

Third Judicial Circuit judges have voted to select Donald M. Flack, Maureen D. Schuette and Luther W. Simmons as associate judges of the Third Judicial Circuit.