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Jurors pound Johnson & Johnson with $4.69 billion judgment; Company vows to appeal

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Jurors on July 12 handed Johnson & Johnson a body-blow, levying a total $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer.

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J&J talc trial wraps up: Attorneys accuse each other of fake science in closing arguments

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Attorneys for both sides claimed the other fabricated science during closing remarks on July 11 after a month-long trial in a lawsuit in which 22 women allege the baby powder they used made by Johnson & Johnson gave them ovarian cancer.

Imerys Talc of America asks for denial of reconsideration in exposure lawsuits

By John Sammon | Jul 5, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A defendant asked the Madison County Circuit Court on June 26 to deny reconsideration of an earlier decision to dismiss two cases for lack of jurisdiction in the state of Illinois in a lawsuit against a producer of talc used in Johnson & Johnson baby powder.

Appellate court backs $550,000 award in Casey's store slip and fall case

By John Sammon | Jun 26, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed Madison Circuit Court Judge William Mudge who disallowed the defense to cross-examine a plaintiff who slipped and fell at a convenience store about a job offer he allegedly had to turn down because of the injuries from the fall.

Yandle denies class certification in suit alleging faulty part from AutoZone

By John Sammon | Jun 13, 2018

A federal judge has denied a motion for class certification in a case stemming from allegations of a faulty auto part, according to a memorandum and order filed on June 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Madison County board approves $14M for jail renovation project despite chairman's opposition

By John Sammon | May 30, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County's jail renovation project moved forward May 16 with the approval of a $14 million upgrade by the county board despite the opposition of its chairman and county administrator.

Lawyers’ Assistance Program can help attorneys cope with stress

By John Sammon | May 4, 2018

CHICAGO – Lawyers face a number of stress-inducing challenges in the performance of their work that can bring on severe depression and chemical dependency if left untreated, studies show.

Progressive tax increase proposal faces uphill battle; Meier says he's always been against 'money grab'

By John Sammon | Apr 20, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker is pushing a progressive tax increase plan for wealthier wage earners in the state and as Republicans line up against it, observers predicted the billionaire businessman’s attempt will be a tough sell.

Election judges always in demand as primary election approaches, county clerks say

By John Sammon | Mar 2, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – County clerks in Madison and St. Clair counties said finding judges to serve in primary and general elections is a constant need.

St. Clair County GOP chair says Rauner is the best candidate for governor; Ives campaign claims Rauner is unelectable

By John Sammon | Feb 10, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Republican chairwoman Barbara Viviano said only incumbent Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner can defeat Democrat contender J.B. Pritzker this November and that Rauner’s Republican challenger Jeanne Ives is unelectable.

Fifth District denies appeal of man found guilty of first-degree murder in 1997

By John Sammon | Dec 7, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court on Nov. 27 affirmed an earlier dismissal by the St. Clair County Circuit Court of a convicted killer’s claims that he was denied due process because he had been appointed an ineffective attorney.

Fifth District upholds denial of man's workers' compensation claim

By John Sammon | Nov 6, 2017

The Fifth District Appellate Court on Nov. 1 denied an appeal by Robert Leyden to collect workers' compensation benefits after Leyden alleged he was injured in an on-the-job accident.

Man drops suit against Equifax, bank over Fair Credit Reporting Act allegations

By John Sammon | Oct 17, 2017

BENTON – A consumer who was suing Equifax Information Services LLC and the 1st National Bank of Omaha alleging that the financial institutions engaged in unfair and inaccurate reporting after the man’s debts had been cleared in a bankruptcy hearing has dropped his case.

Fifth District upholds ruling rejecting man's request to vacate commitment

By John Sammon | Oct 16, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court on Oct. 4 upheld the rejection of the appeal of a man seeking annulment of a court order that had committed him as a sexually violent person, ruling that allegations he did not have the mental capacity to understand the proceedings against him were groundless.

Greensfelder Hemker attorney joins USA&M arbitration panel

By John Sammon | Oct 10, 2017

ST. LOUIS - Mary Ann Wymore, an attorney with the St. Louis-based firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale PC, has joined the mediation panel of the U.S. Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), a leading provider of legal mediation and arbitration services.

Edwardsville attorney receives Martindale Hubbell award

By John Sammon | Sep 26, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – Edwardsville attorney Ron E. Foster of Walton Telkin Foster has received the AV preeminent recognition of Martindale Hubbell award, presented in recognition of the highest ethical standards and legal abilities.

Appellate court affirms ruling for State Farm in Belleville property owner's fire claim

By John Sammon | Sep 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a verdict denying a Belleville property owner's fraud claims against State Farm Insurance Co. regarding a fire-damaged property.

Court rules Toyota Boshoku America Inc. can file answer to lawsuit alleging wrongful termination

By John Sammon | Sep 11, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois ruled Sept. 6 that a manufacturer and seller of auto-related components Toyota Boshoku America Inc., doing business as Toyota Boshoku of Illinois LLC, be allowed time to file an answer to an amended complaint made by a woman who alleged she was wrongfully terminated by the company.

Federal judge denies adding defendants to coal mine suit, saying it was attempt to defeat jurisdiction

By John Sammon | Sep 5, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois declined a request to add additional defendants to a lawsuit seeking damages for a man killed in a coal mine accident, saying it was an attempt to remand the case from federal jurisdiction to an Illinois state court.

Civil rights leader, author: 'You can be born in a ghetto, but the ghetto isn’t born in you'

By John Sammon | Aug 31, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – The message local civil rights leader Bobby Collins hopes to impart to people who read his new book titled “No Excuses, Biography of Bobby Collins,” is one of motivation, hope and courage.

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