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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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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

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.