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Pay no attention to those appellate judges!

“Grandma went to Disney World and all I got was a t-shirt!”

Class seeks to unseal documents in $10 billion Hale v. State Farm action

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.

State central committeeman Winchester sues state GOP; case removed to federal court

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.

Gleeson designates BND reporter as media coordinator for Duebbert trial

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.

Who's in charge here? Is there an adult on the premises?

“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.

Looking forward to the well running dry

It's interesting how two people or groups of people can have completely different reactions to the same situation. Consider the diametrically opposed perspectives on the legal climate in Madison County. The hellhole status we've deplored for years is considered positively paradisaical by profiteers.

Murder suspect’s attorney says discovery continues to roll in four months after investigator swore that all was disclosed

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers for murder suspect David Fields continue receiving evidence four months after lead investigator Justin Biggs swore that defense counsel had it all.

Judge Katz rules against MESD commissioners involving creation of special tax

BELLEVILLE – Commissioners of Metro East Sanitary District exceeded their authority when they created a special service area in St. Clair County, associate judge Julie Katz ruled on May 4.

13 pages of text messages between prosecutor and lawyer for Duebbert accuser show up

BELLEVILLE – Text messages between prosecutor Lorinda Lamken and Belleville lawyer Alex Enyart have popped up as evidence for the sexual abuse trial of Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert.

A curb that only one person trips on, once, may not be a 'hazard'

When people trip and fall and hurt themselves, they deserve our sympathy. If we're somehow responsible for their accident, they may deserve compensation from us as well.

Belleville cop sues Bruce Cook and firm over auto accident that left him 'sick, lame and disabled'

BELLEVILLE – Lawyer Bruce N. Cook is being sued over a May 19, 2016 auto accident that allegedly left a Belleville policeman sick, lame and disabled.

Deposition in Cook case: ‘Don’t tell me what to do;’ 'Don’t talk to me in that tone of voice’

BENTON – “I am an unpleasant old man,” attorney Bruce N. Cook of Belleville said at a deposition on April 12 after calling the witness’s lawyer a “cheat,” and a day after he sparred with another deponent in the same case, calling him a “hot shot.”

Corn growers allegedly fell for lawyer racket in Syngenta litigation; Suit claims Enyart misled farmers

MINNEAPOLIS – Sixty thousand corn growers fell for a racket that Texas lawyer Mikal Watts led, lawyer Douglas Nill of Minneapolis claims in U.S. district court.

Judges Gleeson and Lopinot get dressed down for being slackers

Wouldn't it be great if students could hand in test papers or book reports and their teachers would mark a big A+ on each one without bothering to read them?

Lawyers to get 75 percent of $9.8 million whistleblower suit against K-Mart; Tillery's take - $5.7 million

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel awarded three fourths of a $9.8 million settlement to lawyers who sued failing retailer K-Mart.

'Hatchet piece' editorial took no guts to write

I would much rather discuss this with the author of this hatchet piece editorial - Special prosecutors for everyone! - but since your fine publication allows its writers to hide behind the generic byline of “by the Madison County Record” that is impossible.

St. Clair County pollution settlement with Monsanto met with stern disapproval 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.