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Electric company denies liability in fire at City of O’Fallon Public Works building

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 6, 2016, 11:00am

An electric contractor alleges the lighting in a city building was altered and evidence was not maintained after a fire destroyed the building owned by the City of O’Fallon.

Alton storage facility denies liability following fire caused by homeless person

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 24, 2016, 10:44pm

An Alton storage facility denies liability in a customer’s suit alleging her belongings were damaged in a fire caused by a homeless person.

Local defense attorneys discussed changes to IL and MO case law at IDC conference

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 4, 2016, 9:39pm

Defense attorneys Richard Hunsaker and Debbie Champion outlined Illinois and Missouri litigation trends based on recent case law and what defense attorneys should watch for in court.

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.

OSF Healthcare Systems, doctor deny liability in patient's alleged stroke

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 30, 2016, 11:43am

OSF Healthcare Systems and one of its doctors deny liability in a man’s lawsuit alleging he suffered a stroke after he was taken off an anticoagulant medication.

Edwardsville lawyer named military trial judge

Jamie Kelly Jun. 21, 2016, 7:17am

After a career spanning more than two decades as both an active duty and reserve Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Michael Schag, also a partner with Heyl Royster, has been appointed as a military trial judge.

Barry Noeltner named partner at Heyl Royster

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Mar. 15, 2016, 2:06pm

Attorney Barry Noeltner was named a partner with Heyl Royster’s Edwardsville Office.

Yandle cancels Alaskan’s asbestos trial three days from start; Plaintiff lawyer apologizes for mistakes and lack of preparedness

The Madison County Record Feb. 24, 2016, 9:13am

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle prepared for an asbestos trial but nobody else did, so the trial didn’t happen.

Seventh Circuit finds severance agreement enforcable and valid in case against CVS

Hoang Tran Jan. 19, 2016, 12:02pm

In a victory for employers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lost its case against CVS Pharmacy when the Seventh Circuit ruled last month that an employment severance agreement, which the plaintiff signed, is both valid and enforceable in EEOC v. CVS.

Lawyers in Hale v. State Farm reduce status of key investigator; Sides attack each others' experts

The Madison County Record Jan. 13, 2016, 8:58am

Investigator Doug Wojcieszak, whose reports form the basis of corruption claims against Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, might not take the stand at trial on that subject. Lawyers who paid him for evidence that State Farm secretly financed Karmeier’s campaign in 2004 have abruptly reduced his status to potential witness.

Plaintiffs don't get to change judges simply because they withdraw, refile suit, high court rules

Dana Herra Jan. 5, 2016, 1:20pm

The Illinois Supreme Court has shot down a plaintiff’s attempt to change judges after she dropped a lawsuit and then re-filed it, saying her attempt to “reset the clock” on the process was a loophole those who wrote the rules did not intend to be exploited. State law allows each party to a lawsuit to request one substitution of judge without cause, as long as the motion is made before the judge ha

Plaintiff, defense attorneys and Stobbs discuss navigating Madison County asbestos docket

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 22, 2015, 3:34pm

Asbestos 101: Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs was joined by attorneys from both side of the fence to shed light on how to navigate a case in the nation’s busiest asbestos docket.

Realtors claim buyback argument already litigated, seek to dismiss suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 8, 2015, 7:46am

A realty firm and its realtors seek to dismiss a couple’s lawsuit alleging breach of contract based on an “ambiguous” buyback provision.

Pro Bono Committee’s annual Madison County Intern Program welcomed 12 local students

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Sep. 1, 2015, 10:50am

This summer the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee coordinated its annual Madison County Intern Program, allowing 12 students the chance to learn more about the legal system.

Real estate seller counter sues buyer for $2.75M

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 18, 2015, 12:01pm

A company involved in the real estate purchase of a hotel that went south is countersuing the plaintiff for $2.75 million after it backed out of the deal.

Asphalt truck injury case at trial in Madison County

Ann Maher Aug. 13, 2015, 4:05pm

A Smithton man who claims he was forced to have part of his left leg amputated after a Mack dump truck driver ran him over will have his case heard by a Madison County jury. Jurors were being selected Monday afternoon in Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth's court.

ConocoPhillips denies liability in man’s alleged chemical exposure

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 10, 2015, 9:18pm

ConocoPhillips denies liability in a man’s lawsuit claiming he was injured after being exposed to chemicals while drilling holes on separation tanks. Ryan Woods filed his May 22 lawsuit against ConocoPhillips Co., claiming he was on the defendant’s property while working for Graver Tank Co. on Feb. 2.

Madison County, tax buyer petitions to appeal class certification in bid rigging case

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jul. 24, 2015, 7:34am

Roughly one month after visiting judge William Becker filed an official order granting class certification in a Madison County class action, defendants accused of participating in the alleged bid rigging scheme filed petitions to appeal the order, saying the order was rushed.

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gales welcomes three new attorneys to its Belleville office

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jul. 14, 2015, 9:53am

Ann Marie Frey, Dominique de Vastey and Megha Shah join the St. Louis-based law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale P.C. as associates.

Garlock database proves useful in asbestos litigation and fight for transparency; Numbers show 'staggering' amount of money exchanged in asebestos system

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Jun. 23, 2015, 4:15pm

While just a glimpse behind the curtain of the highly protected details about asbestos trust awards and settlements was provided by a recently unsealed database, the information could prove useful to Madison County asbestos defense attorneys as they litigate and prepare settlements in the future. Defense attorney Lisa LaConte of Heyl Royster in Edwardsville said the information in the database either confirmed values they assumed were being paid to claimants by the asbestos bankruptcy trusts or