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Court rejects woman’s request to strike federal jury trial in vomit-slip case

By John Sammon | Nov 13, 2018

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Oct. 24 rejected the attempt of a woman to strike a defendant request for a jury trial saying the plaintiff had acted in “bad faith” in state court in notifying the defendant of the projected amount of her damage claim.

Judge denies plaintiffs additional time for discovery in uConnect hacking case; Trial set in March

By John Sammon | Nov 12, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Chief Judge Michael J. Reagan of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois said no more discovery time will be allowed for the plaintiff and trial is set next year in a lawsuit alleging that hackers can take over Chrysler, Fiat and Jeep vehicles.

Trump visit compared to thrill of Game 5 World Series - but 'at another level'; Taxpayer revolt also turns out crowd

By John Sammon | Oct 31, 2018

MURPHYSBORO – People who attended a visit by President Donald Trump to Southern Illinois on Oct. 27 and a “Taxpayer Revolt” held on Oct. 24 in Collinsville said they were energized by large crowds that gathered for both.

Yandle remands J&J baby powder case back to St. Clair against argument Walgreens added to defeat diversity

By John Sammon | Oct 30, 2018

BELLEVILLE – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Oct. 15 remanded a case back to the 20th Judicial Circuit Court of St. Clair County saying the federal court lacked jurisdiction in a woman’s alleged wrongful death from the use of Johnson & Johnson baby powder.

County board candidate says levy rate vote avoiding 'Truth in Taxation' law was 'deceitful'

By John Sammon | Oct 24, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Board District 12 candidate Kevin Wallace called a recent increase in the county's property tax levy of 4.99 percent, just below a 5 percent threshold that would have required a public hearing and notice to voters, “deceitful.”

Trump to stump for Bost in Murphysboro on Saturday; Recent poll shows Bost up 9 points

By John Sammon | Oct 23, 2018

CARBONDALE – President Donald Trump is coming to Southern Illinois to try and turn back a bid by state Democrats to gain a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives after the Nov. 6 election.

'People are motivated' says organizer of taxpayer revolt rally, set Oct. 24

By John Sammon | Oct 20, 2018

COLLINSVILLE – Inspired by a desire to take action against out of control taxation, a “Taxpayer Revolt Rally” is set to take place Oct. 24 in Collinsville, just ahead of an election that could be considered a referendum on the hot topic.

Anti-retention efforts aimed at St. Clair County judges; Gleeson pushes back

By John Sammon | Oct 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Movements are underway in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit to oust two judges from office, alleging unfair and unethical conduct.

Herndon rejects woman’s racial discrimination, wrongful termination lawsuit against SIUE

By John Sammon | Sep 27, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Sept. 19 awarded summary judgment to officials of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in a lawsuit filed by an employee who alleged race discrimination in her termination as a building facilities manager.

Gilbert grants summary judgment to AstraZeneca in Seroquel lawsuit

By John Sammon | Sep 27, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Sept. 19 granted summary judgment to a pharmaceuticals company, disagreeing that a drug it manufactured caused an Illinois man to suffer heart complications.

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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.

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