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International Association of Defense Counsel to offer Defense Counsel Journal for free

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 30, 2017

The spring 2017 edition of the Defense Counsel Journal (DCJ) will be available this year at no cost to anyone who wants a copy.

Syngenta AG's jurisdiction challenge rejected but negligence charge dismissed in corn-price case

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 11, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — Most of the pretrial challenges filed by Syngenta AG in a class-action suit against it for the production and marketing of a strain of genetically modified corn were dismissed, though some were accepted by a judge in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Retired judge Coady named IJA president

By Mike Helenthal | Jun 7, 2017

CHICAGO — John Coady, a retired judge from the Fourth Judicial Circuit, was named the 2017-18 president of the Illinois Judges Association.

District judge issues final pretrial order in Depakote drug case

By Mike Helenthal | May 31, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge on May 9 issued a final pretrial order for a case challenging the safety of the drug Depakote, an antiepileptic drug used to treat bipolar disorder and seizures, ordering both sides to submit jury instructions for an expected trial.

AOIC Director Tardy retires from state courts office; Meis to take over Aug. 1

By Mike Helenthal | May 30, 2017

SPRINGFIELD -- Marcia Meis will take over as the director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts August 1 after current director Michael Tardy announced his retirement May 23.

Judge denies class motion in unsolicited-fax suit against Sterling Management Systems

By Mike Helenthal | May 30, 2017

BENTON — A motion for the final approval of a class-action suit filed against Sterling Management Systems for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act has been denied by an Illinois federal court judge.

Vets to get free legal services during two-day event

By Mike Helenthal | Oct 13, 2016

Volunteer attorneys in Madison County on Nov. 10 and 15 will again offer free legal services to veterans, many of whom face special challenges upon returning to their communities.

Flint Law adds lawyers to expand asbestos practice

By Mike Helenthal | Sep 16, 2016

Flint Law Firm LLC recently announced the addition of two asbestos litigators and a new associate, stating the additions signal “new growth in all areas of the firm.”

Former Hartford refinery owner to pay $10 million for cleanup

By Mike Helenthal | Sep 16, 2016

The former owner of a Madison County oil refinery will pay $10 million to help the cleanup of the facility it vacated in 1988.

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