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Supreme Court justice: Bias study results 'provide critical insights'

Dee Thompson Nov. 8, 2017, 1:38pm

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced Nov. 6 that the Supreme Court Committee on Equality has concluded a study examining how factors like poverty, gender, race and legal representation affect outcomes in civil and family law cases.

Granite City firefighter not entitled to full line-of-duty disability pension, court rules

Dee Thompson Oct. 26, 2017, 6:54am

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has ruled that a career firefighter’s back condition was not solely the result of his firefighting duties, so he is not entitled to a line-of-duty disability pension.

Court sides with defendant that damage awards in Kaskaskia Engineering case 'premature'

Dee Thompson Oct. 9, 2017, 7:08am

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has issued a ruling in a case filed by an engineering firm against a former employee who started a competing company.

Judge grants motion to compel additional depositions of doctors in Yaz case

Dee Thompson Sep. 27, 2017, 4:58pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Litigation continues in the case of a young woman whose use of an oral contraceptive allegedly caused injuries, with the judge in the case ordering two doctor’s depositions to be limited in time and scope.

Illinois Judges Association seeks to help teens stay away from alcohol and drugs with video

Dee Thompson Sep. 20, 2017, 2:05pm

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew J. Gleeson believes it’s vital to reach teenagers before they end up in his courtroom, and that’s why he is encouraging his fellow judges to promote a new video put out by the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) called “7 Reasons to Leave the Party.”

Former Alton police officer convicted of theft loses fight to order internal affairs investigation

Dee Thompson Aug. 21, 2017, 9:45am

MOUNT VERNON – Former Alton Illinois police officer Mickey Dooley, convicted of theft 10 years ago, has lost his chance to get his former employer to do an internal investigation into the allegedly false evidence that sent him to prison.

Dooley loses appeal regarding sexually violent status at Fifth District

Dee Thompson Aug. 21, 2017, 9:40am

MOUNT VERNON – A man who had been convicted of molesting children, has lost an appeal at the Fifth District Appellate Court that challenged an order that found him to be a sexually violent person with commitment to a secure facility.

Fifth District Appellate Court upholds decision to award workers' compensation payout to ex-wife

Dee Thompson Aug. 11, 2017, 8:19am

MT. VERNON — Chad Toeniskoetter recently lost his appeal to the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court and will have to pay part of his workers' compensation and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) award to his ex-wife for child support.

Federal court denies Altamont dairy farmers' motion to dismiss foreclosure case

Dee Thompson Aug. 7, 2017, 7:33am

BENTON – Dairy farmers claiming the government is not entitled to foreclose on their Altamont farm because of foreclosure proceedings started a decade ago have lost their motion to dismiss.

District judge rules there is no attorney-client privilege when third party is present

Dee Thompson Aug. 1, 2017, 9:44pm

BENTON - Magistrate Judge Reona Daly held that a woman suing Fare Foods for alleged sexual harassment waived attorney-client privilege during her first meeting with attorney Kevin Kaufhold because her mother was present. 

St. Joseph's Hospital employee loses termination lawsuit

Dee Thompson Jul. 11, 2017, 8:50am

EAST ST. LOUIS – A respiratory therapist has lost her employment lawsuit against St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese with the court finding that attendance problems were the cause of her termination, not discrimination.

Federal court rules in favor of Phillips 66 in discrimination suit

Dee Thompson Jul. 10, 2017, 8:28am

EAST St. LOUIS— A former employee who alleged gender discrimination by her employer, Phillips 66 Company, failed to prove her case and it has been dismissed.

Federal court dismisses family business dispute for lack of jurisdiction

Dee Thompson Jul. 10, 2017, 8:21am

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a Missouri man against the law firm that had represented his daughters.

Fifth District rules against Wal-Mart in dispute over veterans' work-related injury

Dee Thompson Jul. 10, 2017, 7:58am

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court recently upheld a work comp award to a military veteran involving a work-related injury sustained before he was deployed to Afghanistan.

Potato chip maker wants class action over sugar tossed from court

Dee Thompson May 1, 2017, 1:11pm

Inventure Foods Inc. has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit brought by two plaintiffs who allege the defendant's Boulder Canyon potato chips contain sugar and the label is deceptive.

Man with lung cancer and wife allege negligence in asbestos suit

Dee Thompson Apr. 16, 2017, 6:53am

BELLEVILLE — A lawsuit alleging asbestos exposure has been filed against 48 defendants, including CBS, Briggs & Stratton, Dow Chemical, General Electric, Georgia Pacific, Goodyear Tires, 3M Company, Union Carbide and more.

District Court grants summary judgment in case involving thousands of pages of FOIA requests

Dee Thompson Apr. 12, 2017, 8:36am

EAST ST. LOUIS — District Judge David R. Herndon has granted summary judgment to defendants in a case in which a former FDA employee submitted numerous Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and other correspondence over a three-year period regarding a glucose monitoring system.

Wrongful-death case against trucking company on behalf of Washington woman struck and killed at rest stop is settled

Dee Thompson Apr. 12, 2017, 8:08am

EAST ST. LOUIS — Almost two years after the death of 72-year-old Olaphan Haley at a Franklin County rest stop, the wrongful-death lawsuit filed on her behalf by her husband William Haley Jr. has been settled.

Illinois attorney before disciplinary board for alleged misconduct including taking clients' funds for side business

Dee Thompson Mar. 21, 2017, 5:19pm

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has filed a complaint against attorney Mark Brian Moran of Aviston alleging he obtained funds from clients for a side business, didn’t fully inform them of their options regarding seeking independent counsel and failed to keep them informed properly about their case.

Couple names 51 defendants in asbestos exposure case

Dee Thompson Mar. 18, 2017, 10:31am

BELLEVILLE — A man has filed suit claiming products containing asbestos caused his mesothelioma, and his wife is claiming she was exposed to asbestos fibers on her husband’s clothes. Both allege that multiple defendants are liable for the damages and that they conspired to withhold information about the dangers of asbestos exposure.