Ann Maher News

Hawkins wants County Clerk to oversee primary election, not ESL Board of Elections

By Ann Maher | Feb 23, 2012

An advocate for disbanding the East St. Louis Board of Elections wants a judge to keep the Board from administering the March 20 primary election.

Republican judicial candidates in St. Clair County do not fare well in advisory poll

By Ann Maher | Feb 23, 2012

Without a nod from the St. Clair County Democratic Party, candidates in the 20th Judicial Circuit do not do very well in the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) judicial advisory poll.

Record number of tax buyers participate in Madison County tax sale

By Ann Maher | Feb 23, 2012

Prenzler More than $4.4 million in real estate taxes were sold in Madison County on Wednesday to a record number of buyers, according to Treasurer Kurt Prenzler.

Napp receives 'recommended' rating in ISBA poll; Burkart says poll is influenced by politics

By Ann Maher | Feb 22, 2012

Napp More than 90 percent of lawyers who participated in an Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) poll in the Third Judicial Circuit believe that Madison County Associate Judge Kyle Napp meets the requirements of office.

McGlynn and Cates rated 'highly qualified' in ISBA poll

By Ann Maher | Feb 22, 2012

McGlynn Fifth District Appellate Court candidates Stephen McGlynn and Judy Cates both were rated "highly qualified" in an Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) poll conducted of lawyers within the district.

ISBA judicial evaluations released

By Ann Maher | Feb 22, 2012

SPRINGFIELD - All candidates for Illinois judicial offices in the March 20 primary election have been rated by Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) evaluation committees, or in a poll conducted by ISBA.

Collinsville mayor says two-tier tow fee is justified

By Ann Maher | Feb 16, 2012

Miller Collinsville Mayor John Miller believes his city's two-tier tow fee structure ($100 and $500) is justifiable and will be upheld in court, despite a class action lawsuit that claims assessing higher fees for drivers arrested on DUI or suspended or revoked license charges violates their due process rights.

Madison County cities push back in class actions over DUI tow fees

By Ann Maher | Feb 16, 2012

Holland An attorney for the City of Granite City says the plaintiff in a proposed class action over certain towing fees failed to exhaust administrative remedies before filing suit.

20th Circuit features two judicial contests in '12

By Ann Maher | Feb 14, 2012

Cruse Judicial contests in Madison and St. Clair counties, rarities in recent elections, are helping to shape the 2012 political landscape.

Asbestos and class action firms donating to Cates in appellate court campaign

By Ann Maher | Feb 14, 2012

Cates Asbestos and class action attorneys are contributing in a big way to the campaign of Fifth District Appellate Court candidate Judy Cates of Swansea.

Frazier denies Syngenta AG's motion for protective order on documents and depositions

By Ann Maher | Feb 14, 2012

Tillery U.S. Magistrate Philip Frazier has denied a defendant's motion for a protective order on documents sought in a proposed class action involving atrazine, as well as the company's request for an order prohibiting depositions of witnesses who are not its employees or directors.

Eye injuries claimed in rear-end accident with concrete mixer truck

By Ann Maher | Feb 9, 2012

Glisson A man has filed suit against the driver who he claims rear-ended the truck in which he was riding, causing him to sustain serious eye injuries.

Fourth District vacates McLean County asbestos conspiracy verdicts; New hearings on whether Honeywell witness must testify

By Ann Maher | Feb 7, 2012

Cook SPRINGFIELD - The Fourth District Appellate Court has vacated two McLean County asbestos conspiracy verdicts, remanding them for new hearings on whether the defendant's expert should be compelled to appear at trial.

Peel conviction and sentence affirmed by Seventh Circuit

By Ann Maher | Feb 7, 2012

Peel The conviction and sentence of former Madison County attorney Gary E. Peel, 67, has been affirmed by a panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

As Facebook goes public, attorneys wrangle in class action

By Ann Maher | Feb 2, 2012

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg EAST ST. LOUIS – While Facebook hopes to raise as much as $10 billion when it begins selling shares, attorneys pursuing a class action against the social network seek to assess billions of dollars in fines.

ATRA says CMD tried to undermine defendant in atrazine class action

By Ann Maher | Feb 1, 2012

Graves The American Tort Reform Association says that a "WikiLeaks-like" website published by the Center for Media and Democracy had posted previously unsealed, proprietary documents related to a Madison County atrazine class action to undermine the defendant's standing with the public.

Lakin firm renamed SL Chapman; New offices in Alton, St. Louis, Phoenix

By Ann Maher | Feb 1, 2012

Lakin Brad Lakin's law firm has a new name, new office locations, a leaner staff and a new managing partner.

Evans' proposal would allow all St. Clair County voters to decide fate of ESL elections board

By Ann Maher | Jan 26, 2012

Evans State Rep. Paul Evans (R-O'Fallon) has introduced legislation that would allow all voters in St. Clair County to weigh in on the question of disbanding the East St. Louis Board of Elections.

Proposal would require judges to recuse if donations exceed $500 within five years

By Ann Maher | Jan 25, 2012

Kay Legislation designed to keep judges from serving on cases where they may be influenced by campaign donations from lawyers has been introduced by State Reps. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) and Paul Evans (R-O'Fallon).

Crowder returned $30K campaign contributions on Dec. 16

By Ann Maher | Jan 19, 2012

Crowder Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder returned $30,000 in campaign contributions she received last month from lawyers at the top three local asbestos firms.

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