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Fifth District affirms dismissal of FOID card case

By Karen Kidd | Aug 30, 2018

MT VERNON, Ill. (Madison - St. Clair Record) — An Illinois appeals court has affirmed dismissal of a complaint by three would-be gun owners who allegedly did not receive firearm owner's identification cards from the Illinois State Police within 30 days of their applications.

Edwardsville attorney says he's not worthy of IDC's Distinguished Member Award

By Karen Kidd | Jun 22, 2018

More than a few audience members may have been startled when Edwardsville attorney Al Pranaitis received the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's (IDC) 2018 Distinguished Member Award and said "without attem

Lincoln photo unveiling at St. Clair County courthouse part of Illinois' bicentennial events

By Karen Kidd | May 25, 2018

BELLEVILLE — The unveiling of a high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph at the St. Clair County Courthouse helped kick off events celebrating Illinois' bicentennial, an Illinois State Bar Association official said.

Property owner says trip, fall plaintiff was injured in fight while intoxicated

By Karen Kidd | May 24, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A Wood River property owner seeks medical records from a woman alleging she tripped on a hole on the defendant's property, arguing that the woman was instead intoxicated and pushed down during an altercation with a third party.

Edwardsville attorney Sivia expands expertise with John Maxwell Team leadership certification

By Karen Kidd | Apr 23, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — There's plenty a leadership "guru" can teach an established attorney, an Edwardsville attorney who recently received a certification from The John Maxwell Team said.

Karmeier among panelists at ALA-ISBA seminar; 'Appellate Jeopardy' on tap for entertainment

By Karen Kidd | Apr 21, 2018

MOUNT VERNON — Illinois Supreme Court's chief justice will be among justices featured in a panel next month, according to a recent announcement.

Appeals court affirms lower court finding that grandmother lacks standing in guardianship case

By Karen Kidd | Apr 4, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A Madison County grandmother has no standing to petition for guardianship of her preschool-age granddaughter who she claims has endured years of physical and emotional abuse, an appeals court said in a recent ruling.

From Legal Newsline

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

By Karen Kidd | Mar 19, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

Appellate court reverses decision on post-conviction relief because of failure to attach documentation

By Karen Kidd | Mar 17, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – An appeals court has reversed a decision denying a man's amended petition for post-conviction relief on the grounds his counsel

Madison County projected to 'go live' in April on state's new centralized E-File Manager, circuit court clerk says

By Karen Kidd | Feb 12, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – In spite of its request to extend a deadline for making court documents available through the state's new centralized E-File Manager (EFM) being denied, Madison County Circuit Clerk Mark von Nida says he hopes his office will done by early spring, well ahead of a mandatory July 1 deadline.

District court judge denies part of DOJ motion for summary judgment in white supremacist's FOIA case

By Karen Kidd | Feb 12, 2018

BENTON – A district court judge recently denied in part a U.S. Department of Justice motion for partial summary judgment in the Freedom of Information Act request of imprisoned white supremacist William A. White.

Federal judge denies Centralia inmate's motions in Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Feb 9, 2018

CENTRALIA – A federal judge has denied two separate motions filed by a Centralia Correctional Center inmate suing a consumer reporting agency that the inmate says has threatened him, according to separate memorandums and orders issued in the case.

Herndon rules on what evidence will be admitted in fatal I-55 tractor-trailer crash trial

By Karen Kidd | Feb 7, 2018

BENTON – A federal judge has set the ground rules for what the plaintiff and defense can and cannot bring up during trial in the wrongful death case of a Warrenton, Missouri, man killed in a fiery collision involving two semitrailers on Interstate 55 in 2015.

New attorney and partner announced in Heyl Royster's Edwardsville office

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Heyl Royster announced a new attorney and a new partner in its Edwardsville office, according to two recent and separate announcements issued by the firm.

From Legal Newsline

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2018

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Herndon grants dismissal in former St. Clair County employee's retaliation suit

By Karen Kidd | Nov 17, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – Federal judge David R. Herndon dismissed a former St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department employee's suit alleging retaliatory discharge. 

Suit against Pier 1 over customer's alleged falling chair injury may be headed to mediation

By Karen Kidd | Nov 17, 2017

BENTON – A woman's lawsuit against Pier 1 Imports over injuries she allegedly suffered after a chair fell on her during a 2014 visit to one of the retail chain's locations may be headed toward settlement, according to a recent order.

Associate judges present '7 Reasons to Leave the Party'

By Karen Kidd | Nov 3, 2017

SHILOH – Two St. Clair associate circuit court judges running in next year's general election to fill vacancies on the bench recently presented a program to teenagers about the consequences of making poor choices, according to a press release.

1st MidAmerica Credit Union to receive Harvest of Hope Award

By Karen Kidd | Oct 30, 2017

WOOD RIVER – 1st MidAmerica Credit Union will be the recipient of this year's Madison County Child Advocacy Center Harvest of Hope.

Alton man convicted of murder as teen may not file petition, appeals court rules

By Karen Kidd | Oct 26, 2017

MT. VERNON – An Alton man imprisoned more than 30 years after being sentenced as a teenager in 1986 in the brutal killing of another teen, will not be allowed to file another appeal of his conviction, according to an order handed down by the Fifth District Appellate Court last week.

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