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District court sets aside default judgment against GRC, orders case against golf cart manufacturer to proceed

Denise Royal Jun. 7, 2017, 7:43am

A federal court ruling yielded mixed results for Makanda, Illinois golf cart company B&B Golf Carts. The company is suing shuttered GRC Golf Products, after placing numerous orders for various types of golf carts from GRC during 2016. All told, B&B alleges GRC is in arrears for nearly $109,000 for golf carts and replacement tires and wheels.

District judge issues final pretrial order in Depakote drug case

Mike Helenthal May 31, 2017, 9:19am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge on May 9 issued a final pretrial order for a case challenging the safety of the drug Depakote, an antiepileptic drug used to treat bipolar disorder and seizures, ordering both sides to submit jury instructions for an expected trial.

District judge dismisses inmate's complaint of constitutional rights violations while he awaits hearing

Tricia Erickson May 25, 2017, 5:33pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — Chief District Judge Michael Reagan dismissed a complaint from a man claiming his constitutional rights were violated while being held before his criminal proceeding, which is still pending.

Herndon sets pretrial orders on hair dye lawsuit involving hundreds of plaintiffs

Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro May 22, 2017, 7:21am

U.S. District Judge David Herndon entered a case coordination order in litigation against Just for Men hair coloring products that involving approximately 1,200 men in 11 cases in Illinois.

District Court allows for several counts in FMLA case to move forward against Prairie State Generating Company

Dawn Geske May 13, 2017, 9:36am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A U.S. District Court judge ruled that a Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) case against Prairie State Generating Company will move forward on several counts despite the defendant’s motion to dismiss the suit.

Police officers reach settlement in wage lawsuit against East St. Louis Park District

Laura Halleman May 5, 2017, 7:07am

EAST ST. LOUIS — Twelve police officers will receive overtime and back pay wages, as well as attorneys’ fees, in a settlement reached with the East St. Louis Park District and its police chief Marion Hubbard.

District Court sides with Ford in insurance claim case stemming from truck that caught fire

David Hutton May 4, 2017, 4:06pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois recently granted Ford Motor Co.’s motion to dismiss portions of an insurer's suit filed against it last year.

Insurance company's suit to recoup costs of covering restaurant fire will go to trial

Tabitha Fleming May 4, 2017, 4:01pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — An insurance company's lawsuit against two business it says are responsible for a restaurant fire contained just enough possible evidence to go to trial, a District Court judge decided on April 21.

Rosenstengel picks Stack as special master in Depakote litigation

Nicholas Gueguen Apr. 27, 2017, 10:25am

EAST ST. LOUIS — District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel has appointed former Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel J. Stack to serve as Special Master in Depakote litigation against Abbott Laboratories.

District Court says class action suit over pancake mix ingredients can proceed

Pam Wright Apr. 27, 2017, 10:20am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A U.S. District Court has denied a request by Hodgson Mill Inc. to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an Illinois woman alleging that the grain and baking products company falsely advertised its products as having all-natural ingredients.

U.S. District Court judge grants Union Pacific's motion to exclude testimony in personal injury suit

Pam Wright Apr. 27, 2017, 10:10am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A U.S. District Court has ruled in favor of a Union Pacific Railroad motion to strike testimony in a personal injury case.

Camp Drug Store accuses medical supply company of sending unwanted faxes

Noddy A. Fernandez Apr. 25, 2017, 11:32am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Madison County drug store has filed a class-action lawsuit against a Florida-based medical supply company, citing alleged invasion of privacy by sending numerous advertisements through fax.

District Court judge throws out nine claims against maker of drug Depakote due to Indiana statute of repose

Melissa Busch Apr. 24, 2017, 3:33pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge has dismissed the claims of nine plaintiffs in Multi-District Litigation against the makers of the anti-epilepsy drug Depakote which allegedly causes serious birth defects in children.

May 8 teleconference date set in Illinois lottery fraud case

Karen Kidd Apr. 24, 2017, 3:02pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — A scheduling and discovery conference is set for early next month in the fraud case of the now former private management firm of the Illinois Lottery, filed following a newspaper's investigation.

Inmate's claim that medications made him commit 2006 murder thrown out for being filed too late

Angela Underwood Apr. 21, 2017, 2:49pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — A convicted murderer's civil action against three drugmakers arguing his medication made him commit the crime was dismissed after a magistrate judge threw it out on grounds of timeliness.

Employee says AMS Services failed to pay him more than $100K in commission

Noddy A. Fernandez Apr. 21, 2017, 8:05am

EAST ST. LOUIS — An employee is suing AMS Services LLC, a railroad construction company, citing alleged breach of contract for refusing to award him commission he says he earned for driving company revenue.

MDL common benefit fund to pay state court funds for Bayer litigation

Sara McCleary Apr. 19, 2017, 8:44am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Southern District of Illinois judge recently adopted a recommendation that requires a pay-out from the multidistrict litigation (MDL) common benefit fund for now-settled birth control product liability litigation against Bayer.

Mt. Vernon doctor accused of sexual assault during exam

The Madison County Record Apr. 17, 2017, 12:29pm

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Fayette County woman is suing a doctor, Shabbir Safdar, for alleged sexual assault during a physical examination.

SSM sued by nearby clinic for alleged copyright infringement

Noddy A. Fernandez Apr. 17, 2017, 11:18am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A walk-in healthcare clinic is suing SSM Healthcare (owning and operating Good Samaritan Hospital) and SSM Health Express Clinic for alleged trademark infringement resulting in unfair competition.

Nationstar attempted to collect debt after consumers' bankruptcy, complaint says

Noddy A. Fernandez Apr. 12, 2017, 8:10am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Fairview Heights couple is suing Nationstar Mortgage LLC, a debt collector, citing alleged unlawful post-discharge communications.