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Former U.S. Attorney Wigginton no longer at Armstrong Teasdale

ST. LOUIS – Stephen Wigginton, former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, no longer works for the Armstrong Teasdale firm, a spokesperson for the firm said on Tuesday.

Yandle denies class certification in truckers' suit; Says plaintiff's failure to disclose felony conviction 'a problem'

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle denied certification of a class action over the wages of 45 professional drivers, finding their claims large enough to justify individual litigation.

Provisions of Tillery trust fund set up for K-Mart FCA settlement stripped by judge

EAST ST. LOUIS – Acting U.S. attorney Gerald Boyce and District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel saved the bacon of taxpayers by stripping provisions from a trust fund that Stephen Tillery of St. Louis set up for a settlement with K-Mart.

Supreme Court to decide if Harley forfeiture was proper

SPRINGFIELD – Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court must decide whether the state properly seized a wife’s motorcycle as an instrument of her husband’s felony.

Many in Southern Illinois justice system are involved in Duebbert-related legal actions

SPRINGFIELD – Seeking justice for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert means seeking it all over Southern Illinois.

Asbestos attorneys drive another company into bankruptcy

As companies making more prevalent, more toxic asbestos products went under, however, attention turned to – and an undue burden fell on – GP/Bestwall, which was named in roughly 80 percent of all mesothelioma cases over the last five years.

Following release from 10-year prison stint, Peel again challenges conviction and again loses

BENTON – Former lawyer Gary Peel, who challenged his criminal convictions from prison many times and always lost, challenged them upon his recent release and lost again.

Clay picked to lead association of court clerks

PEORIA – Colleagues of St. Clair County circuit clerk Kahalah Clay elected her as president of the Illinois Association of Court Clerks on Nov. 13.

Opioid litigation should not be opportunity for lawyers' big payday

Madison County needs to heed the lessons from the tobacco lawsuits and focus on what is best for Madison County residents – not on making sure personal injury lawyers get a big payday.

Chrysler alleges lead counsel in UConnect case has conflict of interest by also representing expert

EAST ST. LOUIS – Chrysler, defending a federal class action about hacking, claims plaintiff lawyer Stephen Wigginton improperly represents an expert for the class.

Colorado crash suit in Illinois court settles in wake of defense BMS challenge

BENTON – Attorney Tom Keefe of Belleville and colleagues in Colorado settled a suit over a fatal crash in Colorado after a defendant challenged Illinois jurisdiction under a new decision of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Government accuses Tillery of trying to avoid taxes on K-Mart FCA settlement proceeds

EAST ST. LOUIS – After months of secrecy about a settlement that Stephen Tillery of St. Louis reached on a claim that K-Mart cheated the government, the government accuses him of trying to dodge taxes on the proceeds.

Silverstein and Manar want transparency for us, not themselves

Following the uproar over Russian meddling in our presidential election process – specifically, the use of Facebook ads to sway public opinion or just wreak havoc – social media companies are establishing disclosure requirements for purchasers of political advertising.

The case of the hidden property tax

Truth in taxation wins and the residents can trust that no more than the requested tax levy will be collected.

MDL panel will hear opioid consolidation arguments Nov. 30 in St. Louis

WASHINGTON – Judges on a national panel must decide whether to consolidate opioid suits of local governments and if so, whether to send them to West Virginia, Illinois or Ohio.

Duebbert will plead not guilty to felony sexual abuse charges; Lawyer says 'because he's not guilty'

Prosecutors who failed for a year to build a case that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert obstructed justice in a murder investigation now charge that he committed four crimes last year in a different case.

Proper controls needed for contingency fee-based litigation

As we confront the toll that opioid addiction has had on the public health and safety of our community, what should we expect from our elected officials in their handling of this high stakes problem?

Felony charges brought against Duebbert over alleged sexual abuse of former client

BELLEVILLE – Prosecutors who failed for a year to build a case that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert obstructed justice in a murder investigation now charge that he committed four crimes last year in a different case.

Yandle postpones trial to give defense ‘final opportunity’ to produce proper expert opinion

Yandle vacated a Nov. 13 trial date in a suit against E. T. Simonds Construction and Southern Illinois Asphalt, and set trial March 19.

East St. Louis landlord sues Allstate after coverage denied in house collapse

BELLEVILLE – Allstate improperly denied coverage for the collapse of a house at 464 N. 31st Street in East St. Louis, according to the Sieron family of landlords.