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Second Madison County asbestos trial this year starts; Deceased Ohio man allegedly exposed to potent crocidolite asbestos

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Mar. 22, 2017, 5:06pm

Opening statements began Wednesday morning in Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ courtroom in the second asbestos trial this year.

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.

Simmons firm filed lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers on behalf of New York counties over opioid addiction

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Mar. 13, 2017, 11:03am

The Simmons Hanly Conroy firm has filed several lawsuits on behalf of New York counties against pharmaceutical manufacturers and physicians, alleging the counties have spent millions of dollars fighting an opioid drug epidemic they say was caused by aggressive marketing.

Construction company seeks to dismiss asbestos attorney’s suit alleging water infiltration in Troy home; Argues plaintiffs failed to answer discovery requests

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 15, 2016, 10:25am

Construction company seeks to dismiss asbestos attorney’s suit alleging water infiltration in Troy home; Argues plaintiffs failed to answer discovery requests Customary Construction seeks to dismiss an asbestos attorney’s lawsuit alleging mold and water infiltrated his $775,000 Troy home.

Lawyer-funded PAC running negative campaign against Barberis, Moore finishes out with robo calls

Ann Maher Nov. 8, 2016, 10:30am

Attacks against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court finished recently with negative robo calls, reminiscent of the well-funded, 11th hour targeting of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2014. .

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.

Kaiser Gypsum’s sinks into asbestos bankruptcy under weight of claims – many from Madison County

The Madison County Record Oct. 18, 2016, 3:13pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Former drywall maker Kaiser Gypsum sank into bankruptcy under the weight of 13,967 asbestos suits including 1,498 in Illinois. 

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.

Baricevic contributions to date largely from local lawyers

The Madison County Record Oct. 11, 2016, 2:28pm

Local lawyers contributed $21,000 to the judicial campaign of St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic from Sept. 22 through Oct. 7.  

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.  

Hawley leads in hot fundraising contest between candidates for Missouri attorney general; Simmons firm is Hensley contributor

Russell Boniface Oct. 3, 2016, 2:55pm

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The campaign financing race between for Missouri Attorney General candidates Josh Hawley (R) and Teresa Hensley (D) has ramped up.

Asbestos attorneys provide appellate practice tips; Forum and jurisdiction issues among top disputes

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 28, 2016, 10:42am

Asbestos attorneys William Kohlburn and Brad Elward acknowledged the issues surrounding forum and jurisdiction disputes in local asbestos litigation while discussing Missouri and Illinois appellate practices at the HarrisMartin Midwest Asbestos Conference.

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.

St. Louis asbestos litigation trends detailed at conference; ‘Rolling docket’ compared to Mad Co.'s ‘rocket docket’

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 27, 2016, 3:12pm

Local asbestos attorneys provided guidance on how to navigate St. Louis City’s asbestos docket and outlined recent trends in St. Louis asbestos litigation.

Report shows Gori firm files most asbestos cases in Madison County and nationwide

Ann Maher Sep. 21, 2016, 2:40pm

Madison County's asbestos court remains the most active docket in the country, according to mid-year figures compiled by Washington-based consulting firm KCIC.

Refinery defendants deny liability in Roxana teacher’s benzene exposure suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Mar. 22, 2016, 1:32pm

Roxana refinery defendants deny liability and argue that they complied with state laws in a former Roxana Junior High School teacher’s lawsuit alleging exposure to benzene.

Madison County asbestos trial ends in settlement with Crane Co.

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jan. 25, 2016, 11:11am

According to attorneys with the Simmons firm, a rare Madison County asbestos trial settled for an undisclosed amount Sunday night. Jurors were dismissed Monday morning. The trial ended after just one day of testimony in Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs' courtroom. Crane Co. was the only remaining defendant at the time of trial.

Shell Oil says Roxana teacher’s lawsuit fails to make specific allegations

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jan. 19, 2016, 2:17pm

Shell Oil Company claims a Roxana teacher’s lawsuit alleging exposure to benzene is insufficient and fails to make specific allegations.

Chicago doctor and researcher appears as witness in several Simmons' asbestos suits

Ann Maher Dec. 15, 2015, 11:21am

A Chicago cancer doctor whose research organization has received funding from the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation has appeared in at least seven Madison County asbestos lawsuits as a treating physician or expert witness for cases filed by the Simmons firm of Alton.

Simmons Foundation gave $2.5 million to Columbia Univ. over four years; Simmons firm received 26 asbestos referrals over same period

The Madison County Record Dec. 1, 2015, 1:13pm

On Nov. 30, jurors found former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty of giving state funds to Dr. Robert Taub while making money on referrals from him. The Simmons Foundation in 2010 executed a contract with Taub's research center at Columbia University, pledging $3.15 million in five years.