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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.

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.

Former Simmons CEO testifies at Sheldon Silver trial; Testimony offers lesson on wealth produced by meso cases

The Madison County Record Nov. 11, 2015, 8:25am

NEW YORK CITY – John Simmons and his firm spend $15 to $20 million a year on advertising, his former chief executive testified at the criminal trial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Nov. 10. Greg Kirkland testified that the firm employs about 200 persons, which would mean that the firm spends $75,000 to $100,000 per employee on advertising.

Spotlight on Simmons in NY corruption trial and in Hale v. State Farm; Sheldon Silver seeks Simmons' documents from referring physician

The Madison County Record Oct. 27, 2015, 7:43am

NEW YORK CITY and EAST ST. LOUIS – Actions that Alton asbestos lawyer John Simmons took six and 12 years ago have stuck him in the spotlight of a criminal corruption trial in New York and an $8 billion corruption claim in Illinois. In New York, former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has served a subpoena for documents about Simmons in preparation for his trial, set to start on Nov. 2. Physician Robert Taub, who received the subpoena, told the court that Silver could get the documents from fede

Sheldon Silver corruption trial set to begin next month; Former NY assembly speaker drops key witness

The Madison County Record Oct. 10, 2015, 8:17am

NEW YORK CITY – Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, facing a corruption trial, won’t call to the witness stand a professor who blessed his cozy position in the asbestos firm of Weitz and Luxenburg. On Sept. 30, Silver abandoned his argument that Roy Simon of Hofstra School of Law exonerated him in a report to Weitz and Luxenburg. He declared he doesn’t intend to call Simon as an expert witness, relieving U.S.

Asbestos plaintiff attorney says there is no 'one size fits all' asbestos exposure, calls all exposures causative

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 6, 2015, 10:23am

During the HarrisMartin Midwest Asbestos Litigation Conference, asbestos attorneys from Husch Blackwell and the Simmons Firm discussed whether any asbestos exposure above background is causative, which is also known as the any exposure theory.

Madison County Med mal trial ends in settlement

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 25, 2015, 3:04pm

A three-day medical malpractice trial in Madison County came to an end on Thursday after the parties settled for an undisclosed amount in Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder’s courtroom. Prior to the settlement, the case was expected to last until Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning.