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