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Mass actions have come to an end in state courts, Sotomayor laments

The Madison County Record Jun. 20, 2017, 4:27pm

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justices have put an end to mass actions in state courts against two or more defendants, according to a dissent they don’t dispute.

Madison County court to fight opioid addiction among jail inmates with shared grant

Ann Maher Jun. 6, 2017, 12:16pm

The Madison County drug court will share in a $540,000 grant to start a “Behind the Walls” program to help combat opioid addiction in inmates at the Madison County Jail with the medication Vivitrol.

Fifth District Appellate Court upholds Baldwin murder conviction but reverses ruling for consecutive sentences

Pam Wright May 18, 2017, 8:22am

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld the murder conviction of Marcus Baldwin.

Go-cart crash prompts 36-count wrongful death suit; But coroner's verdict says man died of heart disease

Ann Maher May 15, 2017, 5:33pm

The surviving spouse of a man allegedly killed following a go-cart crash two years ago at Gateway Motorsports Park has filed a 36-count wrongful death lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court.

Edwardsville attorneys reach out to low-income residents with free legal services

John Myers May 12, 2017, 4:59pm

EDWARDSVILLE — The Edwardsville legal community wants to remind the locals that they are working to provide legal support to lower-income individuals in need of aid.

Ex-husband ordered to pay over half of woman's attorney fees, according to appellate court's affirmation

Tricia Erickson May 5, 2017, 7:41am

The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed that an ex-husband should pay over half of his former spouse's attorney fees from the divorce.

Court records yield more than a decade of troubles for Glen Carbon couple who died in murder-suicide

The Madison County Record Mar. 24, 2017, 6:09pm

Neither Madison County justice nor Christy Campbell held Justin Campbell accountable until Christy fatally shot him.  

Madison County IT director says operating system was removed from former official's computer

The Madison County Record Mar. 13, 2017, 3:07pm

Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente left behind a computer no one can start, according to information technology director Ron Dorman.  

Wood River business owners sue Roxana woman over defamatory social media posts

Karen Kidd Mar. 11, 2017, 8:26am

EDWARDSVILLE — A couple who owns a Wood River vehicle wraps and window-tinting business are suing a Roxana woman over defamatory Facebook and other online posts challenging one of the owners' Native American heritage and claiming the two are in an abusive relationship.

Wigginton bills county $31K for investigating signatures of tax cut proponents; Referendum ultimately passed 4 to 1

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 4:47pm

Attorney Stephen Wigginton has sent Madison County a $31,725 bill for his investigation into petitions supporting a tax limiting ballot initiative last year.

Mesothelioma victim lacks credibility

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 2:28pm

Stan Urban had sought $10 million in damages from a company that may or may not have had anything to do with his exposure, and he sought it in a Madison County courthouse with which neither he nor the defendant had any connection.

Asbestos trust transparency may be an idea whose time has come

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 11:45am

Is asbestos trust transparency an idea whose time has come? Will 2017 be the year that a reform proposal finally becomes law?

E Pluribus Unum

John J. Hopkins Feb. 9, 2017, 4:54pm

“From many, One.” I wonder, with the lack of civics training in public schools, how many citizens actually can state and more importantly, translate the phrase. I would think the numbers are small, indeed, very small.

Dugan picked to fill Barberis vacancy in Third Circuit

Ann Maher Feb. 9, 2017, 11:47am

East Alton attorney David W. Dugan has been picked to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit, created when former circuit judge John Barberis was elected to the appellate court in November.

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.