Follow up: Tillery keeps Power

Brandon Copple Sep. 24, 2004, 3:37am

The National Law Journal ranks attorney Joseph Power as one of the top four plaintiff's attorneys in Illinois.

Springfield-- Stephen Tillery has the Power.

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that Chicago trial attorney Joseph A. Power, Jr. and his firm, Power, Rogers, & Smith, will be allowed to assist Tillery in his representation of plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Philip Morris.

The lawsuit resulted in a $10.1 billion Madison County Court verdict last year. It is currently under appeal in the Illinois Supreme Court.

Attorneys for Philip Morris, including former Governor Jim Thompson, sought to have Power removed from the case because he concurrently represents Supreme Court Justice Bob Thomas.

Thomas, a Republican, will have to recuse himself from the case.

Thompson charged that Tillery had purposely added Power to his team for the sole purpose of forcing Thomas' recusal.

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