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Tales of former Lakin attorneys: Scandal and fee fights

Ann Maher Nov. 23, 2011, 2:59am

Tom Lakin In some instances, the cast of lawyers that have come out of the Lakin firm have been just as colorful as the firm's class action claims.

Wood River mayor confirms layoffs at LakinChapman

Ann Maher Nov. 22, 2011, 6:19am

Ufert Wood River Mayor Fred Ufert has confirmed that LakinChapman law firm has laid off employees. He said he was told it was a "significant" number.

P U Part II: Something's fishy near the courthouse

Ann Maher Nov. 18, 2011, 2:25am

Last week the smell of skunk nearly overcame courthouse employees after a citizen, who had been sprayed by a skunk the night before, entered the courthouse to pay a bill.

Supreme Court won't reopen Avery v. State Farm

Ann Maher Nov. 17, 2011, 10:54am

Karmeier SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that it will not reopen Avery v. State Farm.

Ruth signs protective order in case against O'Fallon school district

Ann Maher Nov. 17, 2011, 6:48am

Falb Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth has ordered settlement documents reached with Alton school officials be kept confidential.

Shell answers Madison County benzene lawsuit

Ann Maher Nov. 15, 2011, 10:44am

Korn Shell Oil Co. answered a Madison County benzene lawsuit by denying it is responsible for the plaintiff's damages.

Lawyer's suit against client dismissed without prejudice

Ann Maher Nov. 11, 2011, 7:38am

Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian has dismissed with prejudice an Alton lawyer's suit against a client over an alleged breach of contract.

Status conference set Dec. 5 in civil suit against Lakin

Ann Maher Oct. 26, 2011, 11:00am

A status conference hearing is set Dec. 5 in a civil lawsuit against Thomas Lakin in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Lakin to appear in court Tuesday on criminal charges

Ann Maher Oct. 24, 2011, 4:21am

Lakin Illinois Appellate Prosecutor Charles Colburn said that L. Thomas Lakin will appear in Madison County court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday to answer aggravated sexual abuse charges related to the alleged abuse of a 15-year-old boy.

Personal injury case against Quik Trip in court Oct. 26

Ann Maher Oct. 21, 2011, 5:00am

Sotiriou Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth granted Quik Trip's motion to quash service in a personal injury case that has twice been dismissed.

Edwardsville title company seeks to dismiss claims of Collinsville property owners

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2011, 6:29am

Mudge Abstracts & Titles of Edwardsville is seeking to dismiss several counts in a lawsuit brought by Collinsville home owners who claim their property is prone to flooding.

Case against O'Fallon school district and former music teacher in court Nov. 4

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2011, 5:00am

Craney A case management conference is scheduled Nov. 4 in a lawsuit against a former high school music teacher and O'Fallon School District 203.

Trial date in suit against Prairie Farms vacated; CMC set on Nov. 16

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2011, 5:00am

Hylla A trial date scheduled in November in a suit against Prairie Farms Dairy Inc. has been vacated as the pro se plaintiffs continue to seek counsel.

Mouse in Mountain Dew case set for trial in November

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2011, 4:04am

Ruth A trial is set to begin Nov. 28 in a man's lawsuit against Pepsico over allegations that a mouse was found in a can of Mountain Dew.

Romani to retire in 2012

Ann Maher Oct. 18, 2011, 4:37am

Romani Madison County Circuit Judge Charles V. Romani, Jr. announced that he will not seek retention in the November 2012 election.

Syngenta wants declaratory relief claim dismissed in federal atrazine case

Ann Maher Oct. 13, 2011, 9:10am

Reeg Syngenta Crop Protection is seeking to dismiss a claim for declaratory relief in a federal class action lawsuit over the herbicide atrazine, arguing that only regulatory agencies can determine the weedkiller's safety.