John Breslin News

Class action against insurers over interest on work comp payments continues

By John Breslin | Jul 17, 2018

A federal court refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging insurance companies unlawfully withheld interest on payments for services provided through workers' compensation.

Illinois Supreme Court disputes claim short handed St. Clair County cannot replace judge

By John Breslin | Jul 16, 2018

Budget constraints across the state's judicial system is blocking any move to replace a deceased judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, according to its Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson.

Two St. Louis attorneys named as top younger talent

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

Two attorneys in a St. Louis law firm earned honors for being among the top younger practitioners in the country.

Appellate court affirms convictions for predatory criminal sexual assault

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

MT. VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed convictions on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault carried out by a man on his 5-year-old great niece.

Gleeson says he won't return judge cleared of charges to bench, but says Duebbert can petition Supreme Court for return

By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert will remain on administrative duties despite criminal charges against him being dropped last week.

Belleville attorney Russell Scott awarded Bar Association Medal of Merit

By John Breslin | Jul 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A Belleville-based attorney with 40 years of experience, mostly in litigation, has received the Illinois State Bar Association's Medal of Merit Award.

State Board of Elections moves to merit-based pay system versus step compensation favored by unions

By John Breslin | Jul 5, 2018

CHICAGO – The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) has introduced a merit-based pay structure for its employees and is able to do so because of its uniquely independent status within the state.

Crowder installed as vice president of Illinois Judges Association

By John Breslin | Jun 25, 2018

Madison County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Crowder has been named as the third vice-president of the Illinois Judges Association at its recent annual meeting.

Appellate justice in 'full campaign mode' as he seeks election to seat on the bench

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

Justice David Overstreet, who seeks election to a seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court, says he is in full campaign mode ahead of the November election.

Illinois' adoption of uniform bar exam welcomed by law faculties, students, alumni

By John Breslin | Jun 15, 2018

Students attending law schools in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri are welcoming with some thrill the much anticipated decision by Illinois to adopt the uniform bar examination, according to law professors in two institutions on either side of the river.

Candidate for judgeship cites entrenched power as main obstacle to successful run

By John Breslin | Jun 4, 2018

Laninya Cason knows where she needs to get the votes to win the race for Resident Circuit Judge in St. Clair County - the city where she grew up and where her family still lives, East St. Louis.

Gilbert orders airline company to address citizenship issue in removal request

By John Breslin | May 24, 2018

District judge Phil Gilbert ordered an airline company to try again to remove a personal injury suit from St. Clair County to federal court, requiring the defendant to address questions of citizenship.

Fifth District affirms default judgment against nightclub

By John Breslin | May 24, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court’s decision to award more than $40,000in damages to a woman injured when she fell inside an East St. Louis Shriners building.

Electronic monitoring evidence cannot be introduced in murder trial

By John Breslin | May 18, 2018

Evidence that a man accused of murder was on electronic home detention when the shooting death happened cannot be used in his trial, an appeals court has ruled,

Study predicts most new cases of mesothelioma will not be related to occupational exposure after 2040

By John Breslin | May 7, 2018

A new study has found that all new cases of mesothelioma will largely be so-called "background," that is not linked to the hazards of directly working around asbestos, after 2040.

From Legal Newsline

More aggressive defenses expected in asbestos cases as new information emerges of other cancer causes

By John Breslin | Apr 26, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Companies named in asbestos lawsuits may employ more aggressive defenses as information emerges that other factors can cause the particular type of cancer that leads to the costliest settlements and verdicts.

Challenges ahead with transition to statewide court e-filing, especially with 'eye-popping' number of asbestos cases

By John Breslin | Apr 20, 2018

Madison County's Circuit Clerk will not receive any additional funding in his budget to manage the challenge of abiding by an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that all counties must feed filings into a statewide system by July 1.

In latest decision over Superfund site, court finds in favor of toxic waste haulage company

By John Breslin | Apr 18, 2018

In the most recent judgment linked to the legacy of widespread contamination at and surrounding two industrial sites in St. Clair County, an appeals court has ruled in favor of a trucking company accused of contributing to the pollution, and against its insurer.

Governor abolishes boards and committees, includes medical apology program that never was

By John Breslin | Apr 4, 2018

An executive order abolishing various bodies and committees was signed Friday, a move made to streamline government and save costs, according to Gov. Bruce Rauner's office.

Meier running his own race, says he's not endorsing either candidate for governor

By John Breslin | Mar 7, 2018

Incumbent state Rep. Charlie Meier has not endorsed or otherwise supported either candidate for Illinois governor.

The Record Network