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Supreme Court puts hold on Cook Co. judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

Jonathan Bilyk Aug. 2, 2017, 3:44pm

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

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.

Asbestos litigation documentary shines light on abuses; Film depicts business owner's struggle to get out of meritless suit

Taryn Phaneuf Dec. 14, 2016, 12:45pm

A documentary set to premiere this week scrutinizes the cottage industry of asbestos litigation.

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.

Stobbs denies Ford Motor Company’s motion to dismiss asbestos suit; Cites Ford’s prior statement in IL SC establishing contact in the state

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jan. 12, 2016, 9:04am

Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs denied a motion to dismiss an asbestos case filed by Ford Motor Company, relying on a statement made by Ford to the Illinois Supreme Court expressing its substantial contacts with the state.

Daughter blames dozens of companies for exposing her and father to asbestos

Molly English-Bowers Jan. 11, 2016, 12:31pm

BELLEVILLE – A Toledo, Illinois, woman is suing more than 50 companies, alleging she developed a serious medical condition from inhaling asbestos fibers her father worked around, and brought home on his clothing and person.

John Crane says Ford lawyers' asbestos sanctions motion a 'witch hunt' to advance 'implausible conspiracy theory'

Jonathan Bilyk Dec. 8, 2015, 12:56pm

A manufacturer named as a defendant in about 75,000 asbestos personal injury cases nationwide has pushed back against a request for sanctions from lawyers representing Ford Motor Company, who have accused their client of being a “shill” to prevent other defendants from transferring cases out of Cook County Circuit Court, saying Ford has no basis to support an “implausible conspiracy theory” serving as a pretense for the chance to fish for privileged information.

Sanctions sought against asbestos lawyers for using John Crane as 'shill' to keep cases in Cook County

Jonathan Bilyk Nov. 30, 2015, 7:35am

Attorneys for defendants in a Cook County asbestos case have brought an action against the opposing counsel in the case, asking the court to punish the plaintiff’s attorneys and the counsel for John Crane Inc., one of the other defendants named in the case, for their alleged use of Crane as a "shill" to prevent defendants from transferring the case and others like it out of Cook County Circuit Court.

More than 300 asbestos cases set for trial in Madison County Aug. 10

Ann Maher Aug. 5, 2015, 9:57am

More than 300 asbestos cases are set for trial next Monday in a Madison County courtroom that seats about 100 spectators. The extraordinary number of cases are set to be presided over by the court's only asbestos judge - Stephen Stobbs, an associate judge.

Madison County asbestos motion docket Aug. 10-14

Carrie Gonzalez Aug. 4, 2015, 12:23pm

The asbestos motion docket for Madison County will be hel at 9 a.m. on Aug. 10 and 14 in Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs' courtroom, room 327.

Madison County asbestos motion docket Aug. 5

Carrie Gonzalez Jul. 28, 2015, 9:03am

The asbestos motion docket for Madison County will be held at 9 a.m. on Aug. 5 in Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ courtroom, room 327. There are 27 motions to be addressed.

Illinois lawmakers champion crowdfunding bill

Michael Lucci Mar. 4, 2015, 4:44pm

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Madison County Civil Docket: 9/29 - 10/3/2014

Carrie Gonzalez Nov. 29, 2014, 6:00pm

Monday, September 29

Madison County Asbestos Motion Docket: 10/24/2014

Carrie Gonzalez Oct. 17, 2014, 6:59am

Stobbs

Madison County Asbestos Motion Docket: 10/6 - 10/10/2014

Carrie Gonzalez Oct. 3, 2014, 12:21pm

Monday, October 6

Madison County Asbestos Motion Docket: 9/22 - 9/26/2014

Carrie Gonzalez Sep. 19, 2014, 12:30pm

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Another asbestos suit filed in St. Clair County

The Madison County Record Sep. 9, 2014, 6:21am

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Madison County Asbestos Motion Docket: 9/1 - 9/5/2014

Carrie Gonzalez Aug. 29, 2014, 12:44pm

StobbsWednesday, August 3 9 a.m. HOWARD PATRICIA V. ALLIANCE LAUNDRY HOLDINGS LLC 14-L-000789, ASBESTOS J 327MCNELY BETTY INDIVIDUALLY V. AERCO INTERNATIONAL INC 13-L-000215, ASBESTOS J 327SHROCK ALVIN V. AMERON INTERNATIONAL CORP SUCC 14-L-000725, ASBESTOS J 327SURI JILL INDIVIDUALLY V. AIR & LIQUID SYSTEMS CORPORATI 13-L-000310, ASBESTOS J 327BINGHAM JANICE INDIVIDUALLY V. WELCO MANUFACTURING

Madison County Asbestos Motion Docket: 8/18- 8/22/2014

Carrie Gonzalez Aug. 15, 2014, 7:04am

Tuesday, August 19

Madison County Asbestos Motion Docket: 7/14 - 7/18/2014

Carrie Gonzalez Jul. 11, 2014, 9:40am

Tuesday, July 15