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

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

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'

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

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

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.

Illinois' legal climate 'a recipe for disaster,' new ILR survey says

CHICAGO – Illinois has "a recipe for disaster" when it comes to dishing out a good legal climate, according to a video by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which owns this publication.

Gleeson named McCormick Foundation executive fellow

St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has been selected as a fellow of an early childhood development institute, according to an institute announcement released July 26.

Cahokia nursing center sued over woman's 2015 death

BELLEVILLE – A Cahokia woman is suing a local nursing center for more than $250,000 over the 2015 death of her aunt who she claims died in extreme pain as the result of medical negligence.

Clay City man's widow alleges his death was caused by Roundup exposure

EAST ST. LOUIS – The death of a 48-year-old Clay City man last year was caused by the Monsanto-produced weed control product Roundup, according to a lawsuit filed by the man's widow earlier this year.

May 8 teleconference date set in Illinois lottery fraud case

EAST ST. LOUIS — A scheduling and discovery conference is set for early next month in the fraud case of the now former private management firm of the Illinois Lottery, filed following a newspaper's investigation.

Case of 4-year-old struck and killed in 2014 back before St. Clair County court

The case of a St. Clair County mother suing the father of her 4-year-old son and the driver of a vehicle that allegedly struck and killed him in 2014 is now back before the trial court in St. Clair County after an appeals court vacated a previous ruling.

MAO/MSP trio files class action against State Farm over unreimbursed medical expenses

EAST ST. LOUIS — A trio of Medicare Advantage Organization/Medicare Secondary Payer companies have filed a putative class action against State Farm for not reimbursing the medical expenses the companies paid on behalf of its policyholders.

National Collegiate Student Loan Trust claims Wood River woman owes on private student loan

EDWARDSVILLE — A student loan packaging and investing trust is going after a Madison County woman for a private student loan she took out from an Albany, New York, bank in 2005

Cancer patient seeking more than $500,000 from defendants in asbestos case

EDWARDSVILLE — A man suffering from what he claims is asbestos-induced lung cancer is seeking damages in excess of $500,000 from more than 60 defendants who allegedly contributed to his illness.

Student loan servicer's practices not in borrower's best interest, class action complaint says

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Shiloh woman has filed a more than $5 million class action against her student-loan servicer, who she claims steered her and possibly thousands of other financially stressed borrowers into repayment programs that benefited the servicer more than the borrowers.

Wood River business owners sue Roxana woman over defamatory social media posts

EDWARDSVILLE — A couple who owns a Wood River vehicle wraps and window-tinting business are suing a Roxana woman over defamatory Facebook and other online posts challenging one of the owners' Native American heritage and claiming the two are in an abusive relationship.

Most write-in races unsuccessful, St. Clair County Clerk says

Write-in candidates, including those in April's consolidated elections, have some unusual hurdles to clear in Illinois that make winning their races difficult, St. Clair County Clerk Thomas Holbrook said.

AFSCME pitting members against taxpayers in possible strike, think tank attorney says

CHICAGO – The largest public employee union in Illinois is exaggerating its support and pitting members against taxpayers in its announced willingness to strike, a conservative think tank attorney said during a recent interview.

Tort reform needs to be part of 'grand bargain,' advocate says

SPRINGFIELD – As Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner urged lawmakers on Wednesday to reach a budget deal that includes cost-saving system reforms as well as new taxes, a legal reform advocate said there also needs to be tort reform.

'Loser pays' standard from Idaho likely wouldn't make it in Illinois Supreme Court, litigation reformer says

SPRINGFIELD – A new "loser pays" standard set down by the Idaho Supreme Court last fall, and now challenged by a bill in that state's Legislature, likely would never fly in Illinois courts, a litigation reform advocate said during a recent interview.