ISBA responds to million dollar negative ad campaign; Encourages ‘merit selection’ in judicial elections
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.
Next round begins in lawyers' battle for billions; Tillery team seeks to restore Price, disqualify Karmeier
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
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.