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Magistrate orders Wal-Mart to provide discovery documentation in pregnant employees' discrimination suit

District judge Donald Wilkerson ordered a big-brand retailer to come up with discovery documents sooner than later in a proposed class action alleging pregnancy discrimination against employees.

Appellate court upholds termination of parental rights but reverses legal costs

MT. VERNON — The Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a Bond County Court ruling regarding a mother whose parental rights were terminated.

District judge directs BASSC, former worker to settlement conference in employment case

BENTON — U.S. District Judge David Herndon has granted in part and denied in part a special-education cooperative's motion for summary judgment in a case filed by an employee who retired earlier than planned and directed them to a settlement conference.

Identity theft conviction out of Bond County upheld

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a Bond County Circuit Court identity theft conviction of a defendant found with up to 15 different individuals' credentials.

Illinois high court affirms rulings for plaintiff in underinsured motorist coverage case

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has affirmed appellate and trial court rulings in favor of a plaintiff who had filed a complaint after an insurance company denied coverage following a car crash.

IDC spring symposium set April 13 will focus on cybersecurity

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) spring symposium is scheduled April 13 at Gleacher Center in Chicago and will focus on cybersecurity, bringing together the top executives in the field to speak on the most pressing issues facing computer safety.

Kay and Erhart both say they'd stand up to 'Stuart-Madigan' machine

EDWARDSVILLE – One thing for certain this election season for Republicans seeking state office: invoke the name "Madigan" to stir up support among the base.

Fifth District reverses trial court's ruling on involuntary psychotropic drug administration

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has reversed a trial court’s judgment over the involuntary administration of psychotropic drugs.

Calif. AG fears possible effects of union fees case at U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – An amicus brief filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argues public employees should have to pay union fees even if they fell that it contributes to political pandering.

Kolker campaign accuses Republican candidate for judge of stealing campaign slogan; Ruocco denies any wrongdoing

The campaign committee for St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker last week called on candidate for judge Katherine Ruocco to "acknowledge stealing social media posts and campaign slogans."

Fifth District dismisses appeal in case over increased service charges

The Fifth District Appellate Court denied an appeal from Illinois Bell under a Supreme Court rule in a suit involving increased service charges.

HeplerBroom law firm ranked a Best Law Firm by U.S. News & World Report

EDWARDSVILLE – HeplerBroom LLC was included on the Best Law Firm list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. 

Dismissal partially granted in age discrimination suit

EAST ST. LOUIS - Federal judge Phil Gilbert granted in part and denied in part dismissal in an age discrimination suit alleging a woman was told she was being replaced by a younger mind. 

Court again denies motions in Missouri man's dispute over Nevada company ownership

BENTON – A federal judge has denied three motions based on personal jurisdiction filed by a Missouri man in a case tied to Nevada.

Judge: Silence 'shall not be construed as acceptance' in man's case against U.S. Bank

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon has ruled that silence does not mean acceptance in a purchase agreement order.

Magistrate judge grants AutoZone's motion to seal

SPRINGFIELD - A magistrate judge granted a AutoZone's motion to seal documents after denying the plaintiff the same right because the defendant's motion was the only one pending when he addressed the issue. 

Fifth District vacates man's aggravated domestic battery conviction

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has vacated an aggravated domestic battery conviction because the state failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim suffered great bodily harm.

Federal court judge sends injury case to Kentucky federal court

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel both granted and denied in part a motion to dismiss defendant Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) motion in an Aug. 7 ruling claiming lack of personal jurisdiction.

Prisoner must still pay court fees for dismissed lawsuit

BENTON — A prisoner who saw his case against a medical center dismissed has been ordered to pay the suit filing fee from his prison trust.

Inmate's claim that medications made him commit 2006 murder thrown out for being filed too late

EAST ST. LOUIS — A convicted murderer's civil action against three drugmakers arguing his medication made him commit the crime was dismissed after a magistrate judge threw it out on grounds of timeliness.