Sara McCleary News

Meier introduces bill hoping to repeal tax hike; Opponent calls it a 'flip flop'

By Sara McCleary | Jan 22, 2018

State Rep. Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) filed legislation aimed at reducing the state’s income tax rates earlier this month, something his Republican rival is calling a "flip-flop."

Appellate court affirms order denying City of Collinsville’s motion to transfer

By Sara McCleary | Dec 15, 2017

MT. VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker's order denying transfer to Madison County in a suit alleging the City of Collinsville failed to make payments for a construction project. 

Veath Fish Farm case against Purina and Texas Farm Products to proceed

By Sara McCleary | Oct 12, 2017

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has allowed a case against livestock feed manufacturers to proceed, while granting the defendants’ motion to dismiss two of the nine counts against them.

Fifth District Appellate Court affirms ruling on child support and maintenance

By Sara McCleary | Sep 27, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – A decision concerning child support and maintenance payments has been affirmed at the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Court denies Advanced Physical Therapy's motion to dismiss case

By Sara McCleary | Sep 20, 2017

BENTON – U.S. District Senior Judge Phil Gilbert has denied a defense motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by Apex Physical Therapy.

Fifth District Appellate Court affirms decision denying modification of parental time

By Sara McCleary | Sep 19, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a decision denying a father’s motion to modify custody arrangements with his son.

Fifth District Appellate Court upholds denial of summary judgment in Jeep forfeiture case

By Sara McCleary | Sep 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld Madison County Associate Judge Jennifer Hightower in a case involving the forfeiture of a vehicle.

First-degree murder convictions upheld by Fifth District

By Sara McCleary | Sep 6, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed the convictions of a man found guilty of murdering two people.

Class action chiropractor says he has not been able to serve additional defendants

By Sara McCleary | Aug 11, 2017

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has granted a plaintiff’s motion for alternate service in a case against multiple corporate and individual defendants.

Judges appointed to Illinois State Bar Association committees

By Sara McCleary | Jul 31, 2017

SPRINGFIELD – More than 75 of Illinois’ 33,000 judges have been appointed to a number of Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) committees and councils.

Appellate court compels arbitration for Energy Absorption Systems and John Thomas Inc. in worksite death case

By Sara McCleary | Jun 27, 2017

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed St. Clair County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Lopinot's decision compelling arbitration in a lawsuit arising from a construction worker's 2012 worksite death.

District Court throws out sexual harassment case from nurse against employer Wexford

By Sara McCleary | Jun 2, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has granted summary judgment in favor of defendants Wexford Health Sources and a supervisor in a sexual harassment case.

New attorneys to be sworn in at Illinois State Bar admission ceremonies May 4

By Sara McCleary | May 4, 2017

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be presiding over a bar admission ceremony in Collinsville today where 86 new attorneys will be sworn in.

Annual Law Day Run to take place in Belleville this Saturday, April 29

By Sara McCleary | Apr 27, 2017

BELLEVILLE — The 16th annual Law Day Run will be held in downtown Belleville on Saturday, April 29.

MDL common benefit fund to pay state court funds for Bayer litigation

By Sara McCleary | Apr 19, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Southern District of Illinois judge recently adopted a recommendation that requires a pay-out from the multidistrict litigation (MDL) common benefit fund for now-settled birth control product liability litigation against Bayer.

Former Dow, General Steel workers hear from compensation reps

By Sara McCleary | Apr 7, 2017

Representatives of the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act (EEOICPA) were on hand April 5 to answer questions from former employees of Dow Chemical and General Steel Industries.

Illinois appellate court upholds murder conviction appeal, which argued ineffectual defense for agreeing to DNA testing delay

By Sara McCleary | Mar 26, 2017

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld the convictions and sentences of a man found guilty of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder in St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida's court. 

Edward Blake named one of Illinois' top ten family law attorneys

By Sara McCleary | Jan 30, 2017

BELLEVILLE – Edward J. Blake Jr. of Blake Behme Law Group, P.C., has been named one of Illinois' top ten family law attorneys by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA).

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