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Fifth District reverses Gleeson’s order granting dismissal of retaliatory discharge suit based upon prior arbitration

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 29, 2016, 10:21pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court reversed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson’s order granting dismissal in an employee’s suit alleging retaliatory discharge based upon res judicata and collateral estoppel.

Fifth District reverses Lopinot in suit alleging concealed upcharges; Found arbitration unenforceable in suit’s second time in appellate court

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 29, 2016, 7:31pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court reversed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot’s order compelling arbitration in a suit alleging a mortgage corporation concealed upcharges.

Ford’s jurisdictional appeal to be heard with new Republican justices on bench; Plaintiffs' bar tried to keep them off

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 16, 2016, 8:37am

Ford Motor Company’s jurisdictional appeal arising from a Madison County asbestos case will be heard by a court with two newly elected justices that the plaintiffs' bar tried to keep off the bench.

Fifth District affirms Mudge’s order denying transfer in medical malpractice suit; Concluded 'fact of trial' rather than 'place of trial' is inconvenient

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 15, 2016, 1:48pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge’s order denying transfer in a medical malpractice suit alleging a patient’s gastric ulcer went undiagnosed.

Barberis, Moore win Fifth District Appellate Court elections despite Fair Courts Now attack

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 9, 2016, 8:15am

Despite efforts to derail the Republican Fifth District Appellate Court candidates’ campaigns with lawyer-funded attack ads, the Republican candidates were elected to the bench by roughly 10 percent margins with 99 percent of the precincts reporting.

Judge Weber raises nearly $500K in Fifth District Appellate Court campaign; More than $100K raised day before election by Fair Courts Now contributors

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 8, 2016, 8:25pm

Democratic Fifth District Appellate Court candidate Jo Beth Weber received more than $100,000 in campaign contributions just one day before Election Day.

Luechtefeld: No doubt there's reason for $1 million attack against Republican judges

Kate Jacobson Nov. 3, 2016, 1:19pm

Politicians are responding to a recent attack ad against Republican candidates for Illinois' Fifth District Appellate Court started by the political action committee Fair Courts Now, which is funded primarily by asbestos attorneys who practice in Madison County.

ISBA responds to million dollar negative ad campaign; Encourages ‘merit selection’ in judicial elections

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 1, 2016, 8:27pm

The Illinois State Bar Association said it supports “merit selection” in judicial elections in response to the million dollar attack campaign funded primarily by asbestos firms. “The Illinois State Bar Association has historically supported good-faith efforts to remove partisan politics from the selection and retention of Illinois judges.

Bleyer denies involvement with Fair Courts Now; Bleyer: ‘Selection of judges should be based on qualifications and experience’

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 31, 2016, 5:09pm

Williamson County Circuit Judge Brad Bleyer said he was not involved in the Fair Courts Now attack ads organized to oppose Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Moore responds to Fair Courts Now campaign; Hopes to maintain confidence in the courts

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 31, 2016, 1:55pm

In response to the recent Fair Courts Now attack ad campaign, Justice James “Randy” Moore said he hopes to restore confidence and impartiality to the bench.

No response from Democratic Fifth District Appellate Court candidates on Fair Courts Now campaign; 41 percent of Judge Weber’s contributions from same firms

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 31, 2016, 11:14am

It’s been two weeks since the Fair Courts Now committee was formed to run attack ads against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court, and Democratic candidates have yet to provide a response to the negative campaign.

Weber leading in Fifth District Appellate Court campaign contributions; Candidates raise more than $388K total

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 18, 2016, 11:54am

Campaign finance records with the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jo Beth Weber has received the most Fifth District Appellate Court campaign contributions for the third quarter with a total of $153,721.

Fifth District candidates Moore and Weber respond to ICJL questionnaire

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2016, 12:35pm

Fifth District Appellate Court candidates answered a number of questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms. And while both Justice James R.

Answers to ICJL questionnaire points to differences among appellate court candidates

Ann Maher Oct. 17, 2016, 9:28am

All appellate court candidates running in the state's Fifth District answered questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms and what, if any, changes they'd like to see.

Third quarter reports for Fifth District Appellate Court start to roll in; Weber leading in contributions

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 12, 2016, 12:48pm

While funding for Fifth District Appellate Court campaigns does not yet rival previous contested campaigns, contributions to candidates are beginning to pour in just as third quarter reports are due.

Justice Moore endorsed by state right-to-life groups; Says choice of life is 'worth the effort'

Taryn Phaneuf Oct. 11, 2016, 3:13pm

CARTERVILLE — For Justice James “Randy” Moore, the right to life is more significant than simply a campaign issue. It’s core to his being.  

Fifth District finds circumstantial evidence was sufficient to secure FELA verdict against Union Pacific; Moore sharply dissents

Ann Maher Jan. 18, 2016, 11:27am

A railroad worker who was rear-ended by a drunk driver while being transported in a van from a rail yard to a train in 2008 will get another shot at convincing St. Clair County jurors that Union Pacific was negligent for the auto accident.

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.

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.

Pig farm odor suit belongs in Macoupin County where plaintiffs and defendants reside; Fifth District reverses Lopinot

The Madison County Record Nov. 18, 2015, 7:28am

MOUNT VERNON – Macoupin County residents who sued owners of a nearby pig farm must pursue the claim in their courthouse rather than St. Clair County, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Nov. 16. They reversed Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot, who rejected challenges to St. Clair County jurisdiction from the start of the action in 2012.