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Weber would introduce legislation aimed at Madison County asbestos docket

By Ann Maher | Jan 19, 2012

Weber State representative candidate Don Weber of Troy said he would introduce legislation to overturn local judicial rules that are unfair to defendants in asbestos lawsuits.

Madison County asbestos cases peak at 953 in 2011

By Ann Maher | Jan 10, 2012

Murnane The number of asbestos cases filed in Madison County in 2011 matched a previous record high reached in 2003 at 953.

Fifth District candidates raise a little - in a race that has cost millions

By Ann Maher | Jan 5, 2012

Cates While recent contests for the Fifth District Appellate Court have cost between $2-3 million, the candidates running this time have raised a mere $36,000 as of Dec. 31.

Mouse in Mountain Dew case goes viral

By Ann Maher | Jan 4, 2012

A Madison County personal injury lawsuit involving a dead mouse and a can of Mountain Dew has drawn international headlines.

Madison County judicial contests - when they happen - are costly

By Ann Maher | Dec 15, 2011

Yepsen Lawyer donations are a natural source of revenue for electing judges in Madison County, or anywhere in Illinois.

Crowder receives $30K in campaign contributions last week

By Ann Maher | Dec 13, 2011

Lawyers from the three largest Madison County asbestos firms contributed $30,000 to asbestos Judge Barbara Crowder's campaign committee last week.

Two Republicans vying for Romani's seat in primary; No Democratic challenge to Napp

By Ann Maher | Dec 8, 2011

Rabe Another attorney is seeking election to the Third Judicial Circuit and soon-to-be-vacant seat of retiring Judge Charles V. Romani, Jr.

Defendant in breach of contract suit involving frozen yogurt business denies claims

By Ann Maher | Dec 5, 2011

A defendant in a breach of contract lawsuit denies allegations made against him involving an Edwardsville frozen yogurt business.

Tales of former Lakin attorneys: Scandal and fee fights

By Ann Maher | Nov 23, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Nov 22, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Nov 18, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Nov 17, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Nov 17, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Nov 15, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Nov 11, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Oct 26, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Oct 24, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Oct 21, 2011

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

By Ann Maher | Oct 20, 2011

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.

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

By Ann Maher | Oct 20, 2011

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.

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