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Madison, St. Clair county clerks transition to mandatory e-filing with ease

EDWARDSVILLE – Although e-filing for courthouses across Illinois has been mandatory since Jan. 1, local circuit clerks' offices have been using digital records for years.

Fifth District upholds ruling denying forensic testing for brothers convicted of murder in '98

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has refused to overturn convictions of two brothers, Glenn Reed Jr. and Lenn Reed who were found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated hijacking following a jury trial in 1998.

Appellate court vacates order appointing appraisal umpire in State Farm dispute with homeowners

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has sided with State Farm in a dispute over a demand for appraisal by an Illinois couple.

Fifth District refuses son's claim on deceased mother's estate

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a ruling that prevents a son from receiving inheritance from his late mother’s estate.

Madison County seeks public comment over land use future, open houses scheduled

EDWARDSVILLE – The public has been asked to rule in over the future of land in Madison County.

Court remands case against Bayer over alleged Essure damages back to Madison County

BENTON – A district court in Illinois has granted a plaintiff’s request that a lawsuit against drug giant Bayer be remanded back to Madison County Circuit Court.

Foley & Mansfield expand defense practice into Edwardsville

With the fourth office opening in two years the national firm now has a presence in 13 locations around the U.S.

Dollar General granted summary judgment in contract dispute with City of Mounds

EAST ST. LOUIS - District Judge Phil Gilbert granted summary judgment for Westmore Equities in a suit alleging it had a legally binding contract with the City of Mounds to develop a Dollar General store in the area. 

District Court grants summary judgment for East St. Louis strip club in discrimination case

BENTON — Summary judgment has been granted for an employer by a district court in a case of alleged workplace discrimination.

Appellate court dismisses postconviction petition challenging drug conviction but offers defendant credit toward fine

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to dismiss a post-conviction petition appealing a drug conviction but decided that the defendant was entitled to $5 per day for each day he was held before sentencing.

Illinois Supreme Court mandates diversity and mental health training for lawyers

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court has instituted a program that it believes will boost sensitivity to diversity and mental health issues in the legal profession in the state.

Fifth District overturns Kievlan in hospitals' move for substitution

The Fifth District Appellate Court has overturned the decision of St. Clair County Associate Judge Patricia Kievlan who denied St. Elizabeth's Hospital's motion to substitute her as judge in a slate of cases involving unpaid bills.

Herndon dismisses some defendants in Syngenta corn seed litigation but delays entry of judgment

U.S. District Judge David Herndon has dismissed some big players named as defendants in corn seed litigation, but is delaying entry of judgment until the case against Syngenta AG is closed.

HeplerBroom attorneys named to Best Lawyers list

Nine lawyers from HeplerBroom LLC have been recognized in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Conference on school funding legislation set for Carbondale

CARBONDALE – For those with questions about the state's new school funding legislation, there will be a conference on March 10 with answers.

Free legal services help Madison County residents in need

MADISON COUNTY — Low-income families and individuals in need can receive free legal services in Madison County through the efforts of the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee and the Madison County Bar Association.

McCarter constituents seem to say 'read my lips: no new taxes'

A constituent survey conducted by State Sen. Kyle McCarter, R-Lebanon, found that voters are resoundingly against any new taxes and would rather see government cut its spending.

HeplerBroom creates specialty practice to fight online security issues

Edwardsville-based HeplerBroom has created a specialized practice group dedicated to helping organizations navigate cyber threats, data security breaches and data protection issues.

Madison County school boards pave way for sales tax referendum on April 4 ballot

Madison County voters will decide a proposed sales tax increase in the April 4 election that proponents say will give schools more revenue to pay for school construction costs if it passes

Madison County school boards may seek sales tax increase for construction costs

Madison County school boards could move forward with a sales tax referendum that would go toward construction costs.