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Railroad worker seeks relief for injuries

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 21, 2005, 3:57am

Kenneth Decker filed a two-count Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) complaint Jan. 20 against the Alton & Southern Railway Company seeking to collect at least $50,000 in damages for injuries he received when another train collided with the train on which he was working.

Q & A with St. Clair County Republican Ladies President Cheryl Mathews

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 21, 2005, 3:23am

What is the function of the St. Clair GOP ladies club? How many members? When and where do you meet?

Judges make the call in class certifications

Steve Korris Jan. 20, 2005, 3:32pm

Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron In a dispute over a $50 credit report fee, Paul and Ladonna Wratchford of Wood River sued a lender who refinanced their home. The very same day, they filed suit against the original lender in a dispute over a $20.90 courier fee. Now Madison County Circuit Court Judge Nicholas Byron must decide if the Wratchfords represent two classes of individuals who deserve the same justice.

New Lawsuits: Thursday, Jan. 20

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 20, 2005, 10:35am

Fresh from the courthouse:

New Lawsuits: Wednesday, Jan. 19

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 20, 2005, 10:33am

Fresh from the courthouse:

Adoption of Rule 225 would impact local courts

Steve Stanek Jan. 20, 2005, 10:02am

Chicago plaintiff's attorney Myron Cherry Class action lawsuits would be more difficult to bring in Illinois under a proposed rule a committee of the state Supreme Court is scheduled to consider on Monday.

Kay v. Wojcieszak: Settled or not?

Ann Knef Jan. 20, 2005, 9:26am

An odd turn in a case of unlikely participants came when the defendant--a victims' rights advocate accused of intimidation--refuted a published report that the lawsuit has settled out of court.

Woman sues after falling on sidewalk

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 20, 2005, 7:39am

Janet Spurgeon, who stumbled and fell on a crosswalk crack at Alton Square Mall, filed a lawsuit seeking at least $50,000 in damages against its owner Simon Property Group.

Metabolife named in new lawsuit in St. Clair County

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 20, 2005, 5:44am

Katonya Outlaw of Cahokia filed a 10-count lawsuit in St. Clair County Circui Court Jan. 18 against Metabolife and Walgreen's, alleging her use of the ephedra-based weight loss drug damaged her nervous and vascular systems.

Sparta Community Hospital named in suit

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 19, 2005, 2:54pm

The surviving husband of a woman whose death was caused by multiple medication toxicity on May 30, 2004, filed a wrongful death lawsuit Jan. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Sparta Community Hospital, David Chung, M.D. and Healthline Management Inc.

Schneider Trucking Company named in suit

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 19, 2005, 2:51pm

A Belleville man who was thrown off his feet while unloading pallets of air compressors from a truck--and his wife who has been deprived of the fruits of his labor--are suing Schneider Trucking Company for his injuries.

Appeals court rules against Cassens

Ann Knef Jan. 19, 2005, 10:42am

The 4th District Court of Appeals recently ruled against Cassens Transport Company in a case involving an employee's claim for worker's compensation.

Madison County weighs in on asbestos trust fund

Ann Knef Jan. 19, 2005, 10:24am

Simmons: No comment Local reaction to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter's (R-Pa.) recent proposal to create a $140 billion fund to compensate asbestos victims and cap liability for the businesses that pay into the coffer, was mute.

Asbestos Motion Docket: Week of Jan. 24

Carrie Gonzalez Jan. 19, 2005, 6:23am

Wednesday, Jan. 26

Legal reformers' poster case back in court

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 19, 2005, 2:59am

A watershed case which ignited the fury of corporate interests is back in court in Madison County.

Post cardiac arrest, Granite City man goes after Merck & Co.

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 18, 2005, 9:12am

David J. McQuay of Granite City, who suffered from a heart attack and blood clots, filed an 11-count lawsuit against Merck & Co. and Walgreens claiming Vioxx caused his health problems.

Insurer of trial attorneys is broke

Ann Knef Jan. 18, 2005, 9:10am

Kenneth Printen, M.D. A mass exodus of trial attorneys leaving the state is not likely, laments the head of the Illinois State Medical Society, even though the Association of Trial Attorneys Assurance Mutual (ATLA Mutual) has been declared insolvent.

New Lawsuits: Tuesday, Jan. 18

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 18, 2005, 9:01am

Fresh from the courthouse:

Couple seeks $350k fix for failure to disclose flooding problems

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 18, 2005, 8:45am

Flooding at their Pontoon Beach home prompted Donald and Carrie Roberts to file a seven-count, $350,000 lawsuit against the former owners, the real estate agent who sold the home and the real estate company, Jan. 14 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Alton car wash files suit against equipment supplier

Steve Gonzalez Jan. 18, 2005, 5:02am

An Alton car wash which invested $123,000 in machinery is suing an equipment supplier for $70,000 because the parts didn't work properly after installation.