Madison County Associate Judge Donald Flack preserved an
interest in a civil suit after withdrawing from it in preparation for taking
the robe, his statements of economic interest show.
His statements show his interest in the suit ended the year
the parties settled.
He filed the suit for Joshua McGee of Mississippi on Dec. 2,
2011, at U.S. district court in East St. Louis.
McGee sought damages from Continental Technologies, an Iowa
business making ladders for hunters, claiming failure of a metal bracket caused
him to fall.
The accident occurred in Calhoun County, Illinois, according
to the complaint.
The docket sheet shows that:
On May 3, 2012, Bob Perica of Wood River entered an
appearance as lead counsel substituting for Flack.
On May 22, 2012, Flack filed notice of withdrawal as
attorney for McGee.
On May 25, 2012, Flack started working as associate judge.
On July 5, 2012 the Illinois Supreme Court received Flack’s
first statement of economic interests.
It showed “McGee v. tree stand mfr” among pending cases in
which he or his immediate family had an interest.
The Supreme Court received Flack’s next statement of
interests on April 29, 2013, and it listed McGee’s case.
On Dec. 19, 2013, the parties advised District Judge David
Herndon that they settled.
On March 5, 2014, the court clerk entered judgment.
On May 5, 2014, the Supreme Court received a statement of
interests with a list of pending cases that didn’t show McGee.
All of Flack’s annual statements have reported “asbestos
cases filed by Flack law office or Perica law firm before 5/25/12,” without
identifying plaintiffs or courts.