Chandra Lye News

Fifth District affirms circuit court's ruling in estate dispute

By Chandra Lye | Feb 14, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a circuit court decision in a complaint involving the division of an estate.

Fifth District affirms first degree murder conviction

By Chandra Lye | Feb 13, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a first degree murder conviction despite the defendant’s argument that he did not get a fair trial.

Fifth District overturns bench trial ruling in suit alleging man fatally hit pedestrian

By Chandra Lye | Jan 18, 2019

The Fifth District Appellate court has overturned a decision out of the Madison County Circuit Court in a suit involving a fatal collision with a pedestrian, arguing that the circuit court relied on information that had not been part of the trial.

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

By Chandra Lye | Mar 5, 2018

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

By Chandra Lye | Feb 22, 2018

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

By Chandra Lye | Feb 9, 2018

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

By Chandra Lye | Sep 5, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Aug 30, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Aug 21, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Aug 8, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Aug 1, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Jun 2, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Apr 18, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Apr 14, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Apr 4, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Mar 26, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Mar 19, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Mar 2, 2017

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

By Chandra Lye | Feb 17, 2017

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'

By Chandra Lye | Feb 16, 2017

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.

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