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Madison, St. Clair, Cook counties drag Illinois down in legal poll

Jeff Gelber Mar. 8, 2005, 4:54am

Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) today released its Harris Interactive 2005 State Liability Systems Ranking Study, which shows Illinois ranked 46 in legal fairness, having dropped twelve places in the last three years.

Madison County drives Rule 225 debate

Jeff Gelber Jan. 24, 2005, 10:16am

Testifiying before the State Supreme Court's Rules Committee, Illinois State Bar Association President Oly Bly Pace, III conceded that Madison County's Circuit Court was the "gorilla" in the room.

Tobacco Appeal on tap

Jeff Gelber Nov. 5, 2004, 8:18am

Joseph Power Tillery, Power to tussle this week with Thompson and Philip Morris before Illinois Supreme Court

Tillery, SimmonsCooper sue Illinois insurance broker

Jeff Gelber Oct. 27, 2004, 12:01pm

Tillery That didn't take long.

Bono, SimmonsCooper ante up $500K more for Maag

Jeff Gelber Oct. 25, 2004, 6:11am

Gordon E. Maag SPRINGFIELD-- Madison County trial lawyers have injected half a million dollars into a brand new political action committee expected to fund a last week advertising blitz for Democrat Supreme Court hopeful Gordon Maag.

Big money raining down on SC race

Jeff Gelber Oct. 7, 2004, 11:09am

Predictions of heavy money showering on the Illinois Supreme Court race between Washington County Circuit Judge Lloyd Karmeier and 5th District Appellate Court Judge Gordon Maag are holding true.

Stack transfers asbestos case, says "cash cow" docket is not a "business"

Jeff Gelber Oct. 5, 2004, 12:19pm

Judge Daniel J. Stack took over Madison County's giant asbestos docket on September 8, 2004. In his first forum ruling as chief of the nation's largest asbestos case docket, Judge Daniel J. Stack argued the "astronomical burden" of looming trials demanded he dismiss cases that were not connected directly to Madison County.

Appellate Court News: Another Peach gets her day in court

Jeff Gelber Sep. 30, 2004, 3:52am

MT. VERNON-The Fifth Appellate Court has affirmed the Madison County Circuit Court's denial of the motion to compel arbitration by CIM Insurance, defendant in a lawsuit alleging it charged too much for extended auto warranties.

Appellate Court News: Union Pacific suit back in court

Jeff Gelber Sep. 30, 2004, 3:04am

Illinois' 5th Appellate Court has reversed a St. Clair County Circuit Court decision to throw out a railroad worker's lawsuit charging his employer was responsible for his back injuries.

A Lakin loss? Matoesian throws out suits against DaimlerChrysler

Jeff Gelber Sep. 29, 2004, 1:03pm

Maureen McGlynn of McGlynn & Luther represented DaimlerChrysler EDWARDSVILLE-Judge Andy Matoesian ruled against the Lakin Law Firm last week, throwing out two lawsuits that alleged DaimlerChrysler was responsible for injuries to truck drivers delivering their new cars to dealers.

Watchdog group launches Southern Illinois billboard campaign

Jeff Gelber Sep. 28, 2004, 1:46am

MARYVILLE- They call it 'voter education.' For Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW), a Metro East-based organization that fights 'lawsuit abuse' here and elsewhere, October is high political season as well.

Watson: Governor's med mal mediator should visit Southern Illinois

Jeff Gelber Sep. 23, 2004, 3:00am

Sen. Frank Watson GREENVILLE--Senate Republican Leader Frank Watson (R-Greenville) wants the Governor’s special mediator on Medical Malpractice Reform to come to Southern Illinois for a citizen forum.

This week in History- Sept. 27 through Oct. 3

Jeff Gelber Sep. 22, 2004, 9:41am

Oct 2, 2003-- The St. Louis Post Dispatch editorialized strongly to "derail (the) gravy train" in Madison County by moving all class action cases to federal court. "Lawyers are tooling in from all over to file class-action cases at one of the most plaintiff-friendly courts in the country. It's got to stop," the paper wrote.