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