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Local family vacationing in Branson questions why an MCT vehicle was parked at entertainment venue Grand Country

A Chevy Silverado bearing the name "Madison County Transit" was spotted in the parking lot of a Branson entertainment venue over the weekend, and prompted a local family vacationing there to ask for an explanation.

Fifth District awards line-of-duty disability benefits to police detective injured in non-emergency auto accident

A Shiloh police detective injured when the squad car he was riding in as a passenger was rear-ended at a stop light is entitled to line-of-duty disability pension benefits.

O'Fallon attorney opens probate cases for sisters killed in I-55 crash

O'Fallon attorney Robert Marcus has filed documents at Madison County Circuit Court to represent the estates of sisters who were tragically killed on southbound I-55 near Hamel after their vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer at around 6:15 p.m. on Nov. 21.

Belleville attorney Hoerner files for Fifth District Appellate Court; Overstreet also files

Belleville attorney Kevin Hoerner has submitted paperwork to run in the spring primary as a Democratic candidate for the Fifth District Appellate Court, in a seat being vacated by retiring Justice Richard Goldenhersh.

Lawyers competing for lucrative opioid litigation go before county Judiciary

Lawyers competing to represent Madison County in lucrative contingency fee litigation against manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs touted their experience to members of the Judiciary Committee meeting on Friday.

Contingency fee debate continues over Madison County's potential opioid litigation

As state and local governments across the country contemplate how to go about pursuing litigation to offset costs of opioid addiction, a debate continues in Madison County over details of hiring outside lawyers to handle a potential lawsuit.

Judge from Fourth Circuit will preside over state's case against Duebbert

A judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit will preside in the state's case against St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert, according to an order signed by Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier on Nov. 7.

McCarter calls Springfield a 'gross atmosphere' in wake of sexual harassment allegations

SPRINGFIELD - Programs on how not to engage in sexual harassment were given to lawmakers this week following recent bombshell allegations made by a lobbyist who claimed a ranking member of the state Senate harassed her.

Former candidate for State Senate also seeking GOP nomination for Fiss seat

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea is seeking the Republican nomination for a judicial vacancy being created by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring next year.

Hylla to seek retention in next year's election

Madison County Chief Judge Dave Hylla will seek retention to another six year term next year.

Gibbons says ICJL's outreach on contingency fees for outside opioid litigators is 'propaganda'

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons issued a sharp rebuke to the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL), calling the group's statements last week on contingency fee contracts for lawyers pursuing opioid litigation a "propaganda campaign."

Overstreet announces bid for permanent seat at Fifth District

Justice David Overstreet of Mt. Vernon will seek election to the Fifth District Appellate Court for the seat being vacated next year by Justice Richard Goldenhersh, who is retiring.

ICJL urges Madison County to reject contingency fee arrangements with outside opioid litigators

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) is urging Madison County officials to reject the use of contingency fee arrangements with outside counsel if the county decides to join other local governments in pursuing opioid-related litigation.

Marissa attorney announces candidacy for circuit court on GOP ticket

Attorney Marshall Hilmes of Marissa is seeking election as circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit for the seat being vacated next year by Circuit Judge Jan Fiss, who is retiring.

Authorities differ on process for filling circuit court judicial vacancy

Filling a judicial vacancy that was created upon the death of St. Clair County circuit judge Robert LeChien nearly two months ago remains in limbo as two authorities maintain different positions on how the process works for filling it.

Asbestos defendants should collaborate more to balance power in tort system, consultant says

A business consultant who helps companies manage their product liabilities is calling for asbestos defendants to collaborate more in order to achieve better equilibrium with plaintiffs whose litigation risks pale in comparison.

Duebbert survives motorcycle crash with minor injuries; Calls it 'divine intervention'

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert said he escaped more serious injury riding on his full size cruising motorcycle earlier this week because "God was my passenger who clearly wanted me to go back to work."

Missouri court of appeals knocks out $72 million talcum powder verdict against J&J

ST. LOUIS - A $72 million talcum powder verdict leveled against Johnson & Johnson last year has been vacated by a state appeals court.

Associate judges in St. Clair County announce campaigns for circuit vacancies

Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.

Special prosecutor sought again to investigate an elected St. Clair County judge

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct involving an unnamed circuit judge in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit.