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Prenzler will not release Poshard reports due to attorney objections

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 20, 2017, 3:05pm

Madison County Chairman Kurt Prenzler last week said he would not yet release the two outside investigation reports involving sexual harassment claims after the attorneys involved objected to the documents’ release.

Madison County civil docket Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 20, 2017, 1:21pm

There are 15 law cases with hearings scheduled on the Madison County civil docket for the week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1

Foley denies taking part in Madison County bid rigging conspiracy; Amended complaint rejoins county defendnats, seeks to expand class

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 20, 2017, 8:53am

In response to the recently amended Madison County bid rigging class action, auctioneer James Foley says he was not an alleged conspirator nor was he the auctioneer at tax sales where delinquent taxes were systematically sold at the highest penalty rate.

Tillery opposes transfer in suit involving minor league baseball class action

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 20, 2017, 8:37am

In its response to Advanced Analytical’s motion to dismiss or transfer, Korein Tillery argues that a forum clause written into a contract with the research contractor and two economists is voidable due to fraud in a suit involving a minor league baseball class action.

Matoesian grants leave to file amended complaint in suit alleging injuries from door

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 19, 2017, 3:48pm

In light of a mother and son’s motion to dismiss, their relative was granted leave to amend her complaint alleging she was injured when she was struck by a door to the garage and fell to the ground.

Matoesian grants default judgment in suit over property fire

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 19, 2017, 3:44pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian granted default judgment in favor of a property owner after a tenant failed to respond to a suit alleging she caused a fire by leaving a stove unattended while it was in use.

Holiday Inn, guest in ‘meaningful negotiations’ in slip and fall suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 19, 2017, 3:41pm

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge rescheduled a case management conference after the parties began “meaningful negotiation” in a woman’s suit alleging she slipped and fell while taking a shower at Holiday Inn Express.

Jury trial scheduled in legal malpractice suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 18, 2017, 8:50pm

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth scheduled a jury trial for next November in a legal malpractice suit alleging an East Alton law firm failed to file a lawsuit following a workplace injury.

Second annual Great Pumpkin Purge a success

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 17, 2017, 2:01pm

Madison County collected 3.9 tons of pumpkins and gourds earlier this month during its second annual Great Pumpkin Purge.

Enterprise denies liability in wrongful death suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 15, 2017, 2:03pm

Enterprise argues that a customer’s death was caused by his own negligence by choosing to walk on the interstate to aid a disabled vehicle while waiting on the side of the highway after his rental car ran out of gas.

Madison County civil docket Nov. 21

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 15, 2017, 1:59pm

Madison County Circuit Judge David Dugan is the only circuit judge with hearings scheduled on the civil docket for the week of Nov. 20-24.

Elevator company, hospital deny liability in suit over malfunctioning elevator

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 14, 2017, 4:40pm

An elevator company argues that a woman failed to watch out for her own safety when a malfunctioning elevator’s doors allegedly closed on her, causing her to suffer injuries that required surgery.

Healthcare professionals deny liability in patient’s malpractice suit following hysterectomy

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 14, 2017, 4:37pm

Several healthcare professionals deny liability and argue that a patient is comparatively negligent in a lawsuit alleging a bulb syringe was left in place following a hysterectomy.

Settlements reached in suit alleging chemical exposure caused Parkinson's disease

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 14, 2017, 4:34pm

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot granted several motions for good faith finding and dismissal following settlement agreements in a man’s lawsuit alleging he developed Parkinson’s disease after years of working with chemicals in the flooring business.

Georgia Pacific's Bestwall seeks Chapter 11; Cites ‘abuses in the tort system’ in Madison County

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 14, 2017, 3:57pm

In its request for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Bestwall LLC, a unit of Georgia Pacific, cites a 2005 Madison County asbestos case where “highly questionable claiming practices” were used during litigation to reach higher payouts before changing the story for bankruptcy trust filings.

Nearly one year later, still no Ford decision out of Fifth District

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 8, 2017, 6:33pm

It’s been nearly a year since Fifth District Appellate Court justices heard oral arguments in the Jeffs v Ford asbestos jurisdictional appeal out of Madison County Circuit and a decision still hasn’t been reached.

Christopher Belt announces candidacy for Illinois’ 57th Senate seat

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 8, 2017, 6:32pm

Christopher Belt announced his candidacy for Illinois’ 57th Senate district on the democratic ticket.

Eye doctor, vision center deny liability in medical malpractice suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 8, 2017, 12:50pm

An eye doctor and vision center deny liability in a patient’s suit alleging he underwent unnecessary surgery to correct an eye condition.

Former Collinsville city manager’s motion to compel granted in Whistleblower suit

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 8, 2017, 12:45pm

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker granted the former Collinsville city manager’s motion to compel following a discovery dispute in his Whistleblower suit alleging he was terminated for reporting inappropriate actions.

White Castle denies liability in employee’s suit alleging video shared without consent

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 7, 2017, 7:06pm

White Castle argues that an employee failed to wear protective gear when working with a fryer and then proceeded to remove her pants in a public place, which she knew was under video surveillance.