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MCBA and Granite City attorney recognized for pro bono work

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 17, 2015

The Illinois State Bar Association awarded the Madison County Bar Association and a Granite City attorney the 2015 John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award.


By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

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Michael McGlynn appointed to Illinois Court of Claims

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

Governor Bruce Rauner appointed Belleville attorney Michael McGlynn to serve as a judge on the Illinois Court of Claims. McGlynn is currently a managing partner at McGlynn & McGlynn Attorneys at Law in Belleville.

Couple seeks to dismiss siblings’ lawsuit protesting division of mother’s assets

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

A couple accused of coercing their mother into signing away her assets to just one child seeks to dismiss a lawsuit, arguing the claims should be made separately against the husband and wife. Daniel Kimme, Rebecca Tabor, Amy Kimme-Hea and Paul Kimme filed the lawsuit on Feb. 25 against Deanne Kimme and Dale Kimme. According to the complaint, Virginia Kimme died on Sept. 10 with no surviving spouse and five children.

Mechanical company denies liability in former employee’s lawsuit over pressurized hydraulic fluid explosion

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

A mechanical company claims its former employee’s own negligence for failing to wear appropriate gear and failing operate machinery properly were the cause of his alleged injuries when pressurized hydraulic fluid exploded at Olin Corp. in 2013. Mark and Sandra Avant filed the March 30 lawsuit against Kane Mechanical Inc. According to the complaint, Mark Avant claims he was injured while on the premises of the defendant’s property at the Olin Corp., located at 600 Powder Mill Road in East Alton

Bethalto McDonald’s accuses customer of negligence in slip and fall suit

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

McDonald’s denied liability in a customer’s slip and fall lawsuit, claiming the customer failed to adhere to the slippery floor warning signs. Freda Balesmalson field the March 2 lawsuit against Bold Enterprise Inc., doing business as the McDonald’s at 2 Airport Plaza in Bethalto. She claims she fell at the restaurant at 6:30 p.m.

Couple denies lying about stolen vehicle in State Farm claim

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

A couple who sued State Farm for failing to cover a stolen vehicle and was later accused of lying about the stolen vehicle is denying the allegations and claiming the counter-defendant’s false statements should not affect the plaintiff’s claim. Kelneshia S.

Edwardsville realty center denies liability in potential home buyer’s personal injury claim

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

A realty center denies liability in a potential home buyer’s lawsuit alleging he was injured while looking at a house with a damaged porch. Timothy Coulson filed the lawsuit on March 2 against Prudential agent Leroy Taylor, Prudential One Realty, Prudential One Realty Centre Edwardsville, the Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Re/MAX Riverbend Realty, RE/MAX Holdings Inc., Mary Wofford and RE/MAX agent Paula Anderson. According to the complaint, Wofford owned a home at 2215 Dewey St. in Granit

Builder of asbestos attorney’s $1.1 million sinking home counter sues Fox Creek subdivision

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 16, 2015

The builder accused of constructing a Madison County asbestos attorney’s $1.1 million home atop fill dirt is counter-suing the construction company and Fox Creek subdivision defendants.

Judge Hylla anticipates shortage until associate judge positions filled

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 12, 2015

Madison County Chief Judge David Hylla anticipates a shortage in available judges next month as he works to fill five open associate judge positions. The positions were left vacant after the elected Third Judicial Circuit judges voted to retain eight of the 13 associate judges. “Their terms end on July 1, so my number one priority is to get their vacancies filled as soon as possible,” Hylla said.

I-LAW backs petition supporting Rauner’s lawsuit reform

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 9, 2015

Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch is urging Illinois residents to sign a petition thanking and supporting Gov. Bruce Rauner in his pursuit of lawsuit reform.

Class action suit filed against Village of Swansea over inflated sewer fees

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 9, 2015

A class action lawsuit was filed against the Village of Swansea, accusing it of charging St. Clair Township residents higher sewer fees than Swansea residents. Plaintiffs Robert Trentman, Dean Wallen and Daniel Varady, on behalf of themselves and all others similar situated, filed the class action complaint against the Village of Swansea on June 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court. According to the six-count complaint, the plaintiffs claim the Village of Swansea renegotiated a contract in May

Construction company seeks to strike Alton Housing Authority’s request for attorney’s fees

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 8, 2015

A contractor accused of installing the wrong doors in an apartment building argues the plaintiffs never notified it of the issues until the lawsuit was filed. The Housing Authority of the City of Alton (AHA) filed the lawsuit on March 27 against Eggemeyer Associates Architects Inc. and Jun Construction Co. According to the complaint, AHA owns property known as the Oakwood Estates public housing units in Alton.

Alton medical practice seeks to dismiss malpractice suit over infected sutures

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 8, 2015

An Alton medical practice seeks to dismiss a malpractice lawsuit alleging a patient suffered infected sutures, arguing the plaintiff failed to submit a required affidavit. Plaintiff Kristi Nasello filed her March 3 lawsuit against Alton Multispecialists Ltd., OSF Healthcare Systems, St. Anthony’s Healthsystem and Drs.

Edwardsville Dierbergs removes slip and fall suit to federal court

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 8, 2015

Dierbergs Markets has removed a shopper’s slip and fall case to the U.S.

Lawsuit alleging Viagra-related death voluntarily dismissed

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 8, 2015

After litigating for just one week, the family of a deceased Tennessee man has voluntarily dismissed their lawsuit claiming Viagra caused the decedent to develop melanoma. Plaintiff Tina M.

Family Dollar seeks to dismiss slip and fall suit

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 8, 2015

Family Dollar Stores seeks to dismiss a slip and fall case, claiming it does not own or operate the individual store where the alleged incident occurred. Plaintiff Mabel Ellison filed a lawsuit on April 10 against Family Dollar Stores of Illinois Inc., claiming it does business as Family Dollar Store No. 4168 in Alton. She alleges she was a customer at the store on June 8, 2014, when she allegedly slipped and fell on the floor.

Johnson & Johnson removes cases alleging baby powder caused ovarian cancer

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 8, 2015

Johnson & Johnson has removed to federal court two separate cases alleging its baby powder caused two women to develop ovarian cancer after they used the powder as a feminine hygiene product for years. Candace Lewis filed her complaint on March 27 and Judith Harlan filed her complaint on April 9 against Johnson & Johnson, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies Inc., Imerys Talc America Inc. and Walgreen Co. Lewis claims she used Johnson & Johnson baby powder and the Shower to Shower powder, both

PERSONNEL FILE: Ann Callis appointed partner at Goldenberg firm

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 8, 2015

Former Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis has been appointed partner at the Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli & Rowland law firm in Edwardsville. Callis joined in March with a focus on commercial law and litigation.

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