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St. Clair County pollution settlement with Monsanto rebuked at Fifth District

MOUNT VERNON – In a mass action case under seal at St. Clair County Circuit Court, judges Andrew Gleeson and Vincent Lopinot approved settlement of 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto without reading the agreements behind it, according to Fifth District appellate judges.

Special prosecutors for everyone!

For the new craze of impugning the integrity of senior law enforcement officials and requesting the appointment of special prosecutors, we can thank, among others, fired former FBI Director James Comey.

Kolker reversed in Millstadt homeowners association dispute

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges reversed St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker for ruling that a homeowners association can’t charge dues and assessments because it doesn’t exist.

Democrat judicial candidates raise more than $200K in first quarter

BELLEVILLE – Campaign treasuries of four judicial candidates on the Democratic ticket held more than $200,000 as of April 1, their quarterly statements show.

Judge in Duebbert case allows testimony from alleged victim 18 years ago, and predicts guilt

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney, after predicting that jurors would convict Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert of sexual abuse if he allowed testimony from an alleged victim 18 years ago, decided to allow the testimony.

Med mal case dismissed by plaintiffs comes back with new judge

BELLEVILLE – Clients of Joseph Bartholomew changed their minds about dismissing a medical malpractice suit, and in the process they apparently changed the judge presiding over it.

Fifth District judges vacate guilty plea in ’13 Washington Park armed robbery

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges cut short a sentence of 18 years by vacating a guilty plea to armed robbery that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida accepted in 2014.

How to stop senseless school shootings?

Just war means you kill the killer and he kills no more. Sadly, the political class claims the only way to stop the killing is to spend more on scientific research paid for by tax payers ($50 million so far).

Rauner must think twice before signing dangerous 5G 'small cell' wireless bill

The impact of Fifth Generation (5G) small cell wireless facility bills becoming law will mean: it does not matter who you are, how affluent you are, where you live, or who you know in "high places," a cell tower can soon be looming in your front yard.

Insurer wants court to declare it doesn't owe uninsured or under-insured coverage to Duebbert in motorcycle crash

BELLEVILLE – Progressive Northern Insurance Co. is seeking a declaration that a policy carried by Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert does not provide uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage for a motorcycle accident he was involved in last year in Florida.

Towne sued by 15 out-of-staters arrested by SAFE; Long list of officials who participated in seizures also named

CHICAGO – Individuals who served sentences and forfeited cash pursuant to arrests by a fake police squad on Interstate 80 sued the LaSalle County board and former state’s attorney Brian Towne in U.S. district court on April 5.

Can we just have an honest election?

We're fortunate to live in a country where we get to choose our own representatives. But if the slate we get to choose from is subject to vetting by political operatives, maybe we're not so fortunate.

We're not sorry to see 'Sorry Works!' go

Last Friday, in a move designed to chip away at our bloated state budget by streamlining government operations and eliminating unnecessary expenditures, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed an executive order abolishing 19 government bodies that have been inactive for five years or more.

Parties in UConnect case want May trial re-set; Harman challenges attorney Flynn’s standing

EAST ST. LOUIS – Carmaker Chrysler and instrument maker Harman International have filed a joint motion with lawyer Brian Flynn of Belleville to scrub a May 14 trial on Flynn’s claim that hackers can seize control of his Jeep.

Trial date in Duebbert case moves up from June 23 to May 7

BELLEVILLE – Visiting judge Michael McHaney quietly accelerated the felony trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, moving it up from June 23 to May 7.

Hale v. State Farm trial postponed four months until after Labor Day

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon postponed for four months a jury trial on a $9 billion claim against State Farm.

Road contractor plans to appeal $8.1 million jury verdict

BENTON – Southern Illinois Asphalt plans to challenge a jury verdict holding it liable for $8,169,512.84 on a misrepresentation claim.

Herndon denies Madison County officials’ move to dismiss Lavite’s First Amendment lawsuit

EAST ST. LOUIS – Madison County must defend retaliation claims of Veteran Assistance Superintendent Bradley Lavite, U.S. District Judge David Herndon decided on March 29.

Weapons of grassroots destruction: Challenge petition signatures and circulators

SPRINGFIELD – Even though finances and name ID are arguably the most important factors for success at the ballot box, campaigns are sometimes lost before they even begin when political operatives set out to eliminate competition before voters have a chance to do it unto their own.

Jurors award family $8.1 million in trial involving company’s failure to disclose all insurance

BENTON – Jurors in U.S. district court awarded a family more than $8 million on a claim that Southern Illinois Asphalt misrepresented its insurance when negotiating with them in prior litigation.