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Appeals court upholds liability coverage verdict stemming from 2010 fatal car accident

John Severance May 26, 2017, 4:47pm

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court upheld a trial court verdict determining whether there was liability coverage for a car accident involving two Illinois men.

Ex-husband's appeal to have properties declared marital property denied

Kristin Regula May 25, 2017, 5:28pm

MT. VERNON — An appeal stemming from a trial court decision regarding an ex-husband's motion to have two pieces of property owned by his former spouse declared marital property has been denied.

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.

Fifth District affirms LeChien; Welch: Special education teacher’s dismissal was ‘harsh’ but not reversible

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo May 10, 2017, 8:06am

The Fifth District appellate court affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien’s decision denying a special education teacher’s petition for administrative review of his dismissal from the Cahokia school district after he forged a signature on a legal document.

Man serving 10-year prison term for shooting has claim of ineffective counsel denied

Tabitha Fleming May 5, 2017, 7:48am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has agreed with the postconviction trial court that Perkins had effective legal counsel and was therefore not entitled to a new trial.

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.

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.

New attorneys to be sworn in at Illinois State Bar admission ceremonies May 4

Sara McCleary May 4, 2017, 2:03pm

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be presiding over a bar admission ceremony in Collinsville today where 86 new attorneys will be sworn in.

Fifth District reverses one of its own in challenge to FOID card licensing statutes

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Apr. 25, 2017, 9:26pm

The Fifth District Appellate Court reversed Appellate Judge John Barberis’ Jr.’s ruling as a circuit judge in Madison County granting dismissal in a man’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of two state firearm licensing statutes.

Appellate court dismisses postconviction petition challenging drug conviction but offers defendant credit toward fine

Chandra Lye Apr. 18, 2017, 7:15am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a post-conviction petition appealing a drug conviction but decided that the defendant was entitled to $5 per day for each day he was held before sentencing.

Fifth District overturns Kievlan in hospitals' move for substitution

Chandra Lye Apr. 4, 2017, 8:05am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has overturned the decision of St. Clair County Associate Judge Patricia Kievlan who denied St. Elizabeth's Hospital's motion to substitute her as judge in a slate of cases involving unpaid bills.

Case of 4-year-old struck and killed in 2014 back before St. Clair County court

Karen Kidd Apr. 4, 2017, 7:31am

The case of a St. Clair County mother suing the father of her 4-year-old son and the driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck and killed him in 2014 is now back before the trial court in St. Clair County after an appeals court vacated a previous ruling.

Appellate Court upholds judgment denying post-conviction petition for man serving 25 years

Zachary Lewis Mar. 31, 2017, 9:49am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed former St. Clair County circuit court judge John Baricevic's dismissal of a criminal defendant's post-conviction petition.

Fifth District affirms Madison County Circuit Court ruling in custody case

Noell Wolfgram Evans Mar. 31, 2017, 9:00am

MOUNT VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a Madison County ruling in a child custody case.

Fifth District reverses Kelley's order denying transfer in wrongful death suit, directs him to explain decision

The Madison County Record Feb. 28, 2017, 6:12pm

MOUNT VERNON – St. Clair County associate judge Randall Kelley failed to explain why he exercised jurisdiction over a suit about a child’s death in West Frankfort, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Feb. 22.

Appellate court rules for credit card owner in suit over debt

Kristin Regula Feb. 17, 2017, 7:27am

MOUNT VERNON – Midland Funding v. Hilliker, a collection lawsuit that began in St. Clair County Circuit Court in 2013, has been remanded by the Fifth District Appellate Court, which affirmed a ruling in favor of defendant Melissa Hilliker.    

Appellate court upholds circuit ruling in Founders Insurance Co. case

David Hutton Feb. 10, 2017, 8:29am

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court ruling that granted summary judgment to the defendants in an appeal by Founders Insurance Co.

Oral arguments heard in Ford's jurisdictional appeal; Sides point to Daimler for guidance

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 19, 2016, 1:56pm

Oral arguments were heard in the Fifth District Appellate Court on Ford Motor Company’s jurisdictional challenge in a Florida asbestos plaintiff’s lawsuit filed in Madison County Circuit Court.

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.