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Two FELA suits filed in St. Clair County

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 26, 2005, 4:08am

Dustin B. McCandless, a conductor who worked a year-and-a-half for Norfolk Southern Railroad, is suing the railroad for more than $50,000 alleging unsafe working conditions. McCandless claims he suffered serious injuries after he was assaulted in the Coapman Yard in East St. Louis on Sep. 12, 2004.

New Lawsuits: Tuesday, Jan. 25

Heather Anderson Jan. 25, 2005, 12:15pm

Janelle Adair v. Chad R. Whittman and Jerseyville Discount Carpets, Inc.

New Lawsuits: Monday, Jan. 24

Heather Anderson Jan. 25, 2005, 6:35am

Fresh from the courthouse:

Anderson Hospital named in wrongful death suit

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 24, 2005, 3:43pm

Neil B. Ford filed a wrongful death suit against Anderson Hospital, Legatus Emergency Services and Peter B. Malench, M.D. in Madison County Circuit Court on Jan. 21 claiming the hospital and its staff incorrectly diagnosed his daughter’s illness leading to her death.

Jones Act case filed in Madison County

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 24, 2005, 2:37pm

Luke Myrick filed a Jones Act lawsuit Jan. 24 in Madison County Circuit Court alleging he was injured while working for Teco Barge Line of Metropolis.

Alton attorney sued for negligence

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 24, 2005, 1:44pm

Robert and Anna Boettcher filed a legal malpractice suit against Alton attorney Jeffrey Weishaupt seeking more than $50,000 in damages They claim Weishaupt's negligence caused their pending lawusit to be dismissed.

American Legion altercation leads to dram shop suit

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 24, 2005, 1:43pm

Tammy Spann of Wood River filed a dram shop lawsuit against American Legion Post 1167 in South Roxana Jan. 24 claiming she was severely and permanently injured after a drunken patron fell violently on her right side.

New Lawsuits: Friday, Jan. 21

Heather Anderson Jan. 24, 2005, 12:21pm

Friday's Madison County Law Division Filing's:

Damages sought in accident suits

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 24, 2005, 10:34am

Karen Jackson filed suit Jan. 21 against Nicholas R. Troxell of East Alton seeking damages in excess of $50,000 for injuries she received in an auto accident.

Madison County drives Rule 225 debate

Jeff Gelber Jan. 24, 2005, 10:16am

Testifiying before the State Supreme Court's Rules Committee, Illinois State Bar Association President Oly Bly Pace, III conceded that Madison County's Circuit Court was the "gorilla" in the room.

Bank of Edwardsville sues to collect on loan default

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 24, 2005, 9:08am

The Bank of Edwardsville filed suit against Daniel Harms and Harms & Associates Jan. 21 seeking to collect on a default promissory note.

State high court overturns ruling

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 24, 2005, 2:55am

The Illinois Supreme Court overturned a May 28, 2002 ruling by Madison County Associate Judge Lewis Mallott in an insurance case where the plaintiff argued their payouts should be more because she had coverage for multiple vehicles, even though only one vehicle was involved in the accident.

The intimidators

The Madison County Record Jan. 23, 2005, 12:16pm

Bradley Lakin doesn’t look so tough. But armed with a law degree, big firm backing, and a court’s favor, Lakin thinks he’s the Terminator.

Rule 225 offers viable solution to dubious claims

Michael A. Pope and Steven F. Pflaum Jan. 23, 2005, 10:23am

Mike Pope Monday, Jan. 24 may prove to be a milestone in efforts to restore balance and consistency to the handling of class actions in Illinois.

Update: In court last week, Jan 18-21

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 23, 2005, 4:31am

Molly Alter v. Starbucks Defendants filed a motion to dismiss. Circuit Judge George Moran set a hearing on the motion for Feb. 10 at 9:30 a.m.

It's all about the legacy

The Madison County Record Jan. 22, 2005, 6:23pm

Famous footwear It's only fair. Do-gooder reformers hope to soon make Madison County’s heady class action days a memory. So why not etch them in stone forever by appropriately naming Madison County’s new Criminal Justice Center, set to open next month?

Jan. 24-28

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 22, 2005, 6:05am

Advance Auto Parts

House of cards could fall with Ellis indictment

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 21, 2005, 10:42am

US Attorney of the Southern District of Illinois Ronald J. Tenpas annouces charges handed down by the grand jury "Public office is a public trust, in turn public office confers on those who hold it, the highest obligations to obey the law," United States Attorney Ronald J. Tenpas stated as he announced the indictments of East St. Louis public officials on Jan. 21.

Battle of employers: Granite City v. Madison County

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 21, 2005, 5:42am

Madison County Administration Building Granite City filed suit against Madison County Jan. 20 seeking more than $50,000 for medical bills the county refused to pay for a worker with insurance coverage from both employers.

Sears sued by portrait worker over carpet tumble

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 21, 2005, 4:14am

Frances Loftus, who took a tumble over "disrepaired" carpet where she worked at a Sears Portrait Studio in the Alton Square Mall, is seeking $50,000 in compensation for severe injuries she sustained.