The Madison County Record News
BENTON – Former U.S. district judge Patrick Murphy and colleague Shari Rohde deserve nothing for a $2,500 jury verdict or deserve less than the $190,027.31 they seek, Mounds police officer Dustin Turska argued in district court on June 13.
Gibbons’ arms-length argument in raid of Prenzler administration fails to persuade, transcript shows
EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, who started an investigation into county board chairman Kurt Prenzler and created a task force for it, lost an argument that the investigation and the task force weren’t his.
SPRINGFIELD – Belleville attorney George Ripplinger was censured by the Illinois Supreme Court on May 24, about a year after appellate judges affirmed sanctions against him and client Vikki Henley of Metropolis.
Herndon grants plaintiffs’ move to put Hale discovery in public domain; State Farm calls it a media ploy to manufacture stories
EAST ST. LOUIS – Discovery documents in a $10 billion suit against State Farm belong in the public record, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ruled on June 11.
BELLEVILLE - St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, whose motorcycle crashed in Florida last October, told his insurer that witnesses said he flew 150 feet and rolled 200 fee
BENTON – For a $2,500 jury verdict against a policeman, Patrick Murphy of Marion and Shari Rohde of Carbondale seek $155,679 in fees at the U.S. district court where Murphy presided as judge for 15 years.
SPRING VALLEY – Lena Alfano, wife of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, shoved a woman out of a bar and held her down on a sidewalk until a friend of the victim pushed Alfano off, according to police.
BELLEVILLE – Randy Gori’s firm in Edwardsville, currently filing asbestos suits in St. Clair County at a rate of one per day, has contributed $11,526.04 to the judicial campaign of Christopher Kolker.
BENTON – Landowners who sued about 3,500 defendants for contribution to a Superfund project near Hartford have dismissed more than 300 defendants who didn’t so much as file an answer.
Fifth District: Judge improperly granted double recovery to trucker’s estate; Insurer: Proceeds improperly granted for lit lender, attorneys, beneficiaries
MOUNT VERNON – Effingham County Circuit Judge Daniel Hartigan improperly granted double recovery to a wrongful death client of Edwardsville lawyer Brian Wendler, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on May 15.
EAST ST. LOUIS – Class action lawyers preparing for a $10 billion trial against State Farm want jurors to see 106 documents that the insurer has classified as confidential.
BENTON – Bob Winchester, central committeeman of the Illinois Republican Party since 1992, claims in U.S. district court that the party rigged an election against him.
BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has appointed a Belleville News-Democrat reporter as media coordinator for the sexual abuse trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, starting July 9.
“We’ve really turned the corner,” boasts Alton Mayor Brant Walker, citing examples of increased economic activity in his community.
Environmental litigators reach out to Monsanto class; Some say they've been led to believe 'much' more coming
BELLEVILLE – After appellate court judges vacated a settlement between Monsanto and lawyers for 11,256 St. Clair County clients on April 18, the lawyers assured the clients that the settlement remains valid.