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Report urges asbestos trust transparency in Illinois; 'Disconnect' between asbestos trusts and asbestos litigation leads to 'double dipping'

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Apr. 24, 2017, 7:38am

A new study released Monday by the Illinois Civil Justice League discussing the need for asbestos trust transparency in Illinois argues that "disconnect" between the asbestos bankruptcy trust system and asbestos litigation creates an unfair atmosphere for solvent defendants.

Madison County's top asbestos filers bring the most out of state claims

Ann Maher Mar. 22, 2017, 6:10pm

Analysis of the top five jurisdictions across the country where out of state plaintiffs go to file their asbestos claims shows that Madison County circuit court, unsurprisingly, carries a high percentage of them.

Asbestos report shows Madison County remains 'preeminent mature' jurisdiction

Ann Maher Mar. 19, 2017, 5:06pm

Madison County's court system and some of the high profile local lawyers who built their practices here continue to dominate the nation's asbestos litigation landscape.

Lawsuit alleges negligence by dozens of companies for asbestos after former railroad engineer's lung-cancer death

David Hutton Feb. 12, 2017, 7:57am

An Illinois woman has filed a lawsuit alleging that her late husband developed lung cancer that eventually took his life after prolonged exposure to asbestos, dating back to his service in the U.S. Army and as an engineer for the Burlington Railroad in Chicago.

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.

You need money and connections to get into Madigan's place

The Madison County Record Oct. 18, 2016, 3:03pm

Suppose there was a popular restaurant in Springfield called Madigan's, it was so popular that they could charge top dollar for all their dishes, so popular that you couldn't get in without a reservation, and you couldn't get a reservation unless you were somebody or knew somebody, and even then you still had to slip the maître d' a C-note to get seated.

In six weeks, three local firms pitch in nearly $800K to state Dem campaigns

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2016, 2:07pm

SPRINGFIELD – Law firms of John Simmons, Randy Gori and Tom Keefe gave $779,734 to campaigns of Illinois Democrats from Sept. 1 to Oct. 10.  

And the winner of this year's Asbestos Derby is . . .

The Madison County Record Sep. 28, 2016, 7:03am

Madison County's asbestos court retains its title in 2016 as the most active docket in the country, with the number of new cases filed through June 30 up 10 percent. Win, place, or show, asbestos attorneys will be in the money. The odds for anyone else are a million to one.

We will support mesothelioma this month

The Madison County Record Sep. 22, 2016, 6:19pm

We support more than 150 different organizations with sponsorships, donations, and volunteer time and find them all equally deserving.

Widow claims asbestos exposure led to death

Michael Abella May 25, 2016, 7:04pm

BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing Ameron International Corp., Armstrong International, Inc., Aurora Pump Co. and multiple other defendants, alleging negligence, fraudulent misrepresentation and other counts in connection with asbestos exposure.

Companies accused of negligence after lung cancer death

Michael Abella May 24, 2016, 9:38pm

BELLEVILLE — An estate special administrator is suing American Optical Corp., Ameron International Corp., Armstring Pumps, Inc., Atlantic Richfield Company, Aurora pump Company, BASF Catalyst LLC and multiple other companies, citing alleged battery, conspiracy, negligence, manufacturing defect and fraudulent misrepresentation in connection with asbestos exposure.

Widow sues over alleged asbestos exposure following husband's death

Molly English-Bowers Apr. 25, 2016, 4:01pm

BELLEVILLE – The widow and special administrator of her husband's estate is suing over his alleged exposure to asbestos that the suit claims led to his death. Negligence and spoilation of evidence are among the counts.

Suit claims asbestos exposure is tied to colon cancer diagnosis

Molly English-Bowers Apr. 14, 2016, 4:08pm

BELLEVILLE – A longtime laborer and his wife are suing over the man's alleged exposure to asbestos during his working life and the results of that alleged exposure.

Man claims asbestos exposure led to cancer

Molly English-Bowers Apr. 6, 2016, 6:23pm

BELLEVILLE – A former mechanic is suing over his alleged exposure to asbestos fibers. Negligence and conspiracy are among the five counts.

Widow seeks damages for the alleged asbestos-caused death of her husband

Molly English-Bowers Mar. 30, 2016, 5:20pm

BELLEVILLE – The widow of a man who spent his entire working life around asbestos is suing over his death. Negligence and fraudulent misrepresentation are among the counts.

Man with lung cancer claims asbestos exposure and negligence

Molly English-Bowers Mar. 21, 2016, 7:35pm

BELLEVILLE – A former laborer is suing over his exposure to asbestos that allegedly led to him developing lung cancer. Negligence is among the charges.

Widow alleges dozens of companies caused husband's asbestos-related death

Molly English-Bowers Mar. 8, 2016, 2:48pm

BELLEVILLE – The widow of a man exposed to asbestos throughout his working life is suing more than two dozen companies, alleging negligence among other counts.

Widow accuses dozens of companies of contributing to husband's cancer death

Molly English-Bowers Mar. 8, 2016, 2:27pm

BELLEVILLE – The widow of a laborer is suing dozens of companies, alleging his premature death was due to exposure to asbestos during his working life. 

Ford, MetLife named in asbestos suit

Molly English-Bowers Mar. 7, 2016, 10:33am

BELLEVILLE – A married couple is suing over the husband's longtime exposure to asbestos that allegedly led to his diagnosis of cancer.

Couple seeks damages from husband's alleged exposure to asbestos

Molly English-Bowers Mar. 7, 2016, 9:41am

BELLEVILLE – A husband and wife are suing over his exposure to asbestos during the course of his work life.