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Yandle rejects expert testimony of former district judge Murphy

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle struck an expert report of former district judge Patrick Murphy, three weeks before trial on a claim that road builders cheated victims of a fatal crash in a lawsuit 10 years ago.

Give Mancini the info and hold him accountable

Do we want transparent government? Of course, we do.

Lawyer contributions account big in Kelly's fund-raising

WASHINGTON – Lawyers contributed most of the money that St. Clair County state’s attorney Brendan Kelly raised to start his campaign for Congress.

Reagan seals motion to certify UConnect class action against Chrysler

EAST ST. LOUIS – Without explanation, on a motion from former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton, U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan sealed a motion to certify a class action against Chrysler.

Xarelto plaintiff attorney challenges BMS ruling at Seventh Circuit

CHICAGO – St. Louis lawyer John Driscoll has petitioned appellate judges of the U.S. Seventh Circuit to restore the right of all Americans to sue in Illinois courts.

More farmers join St. Clair County paraquat class action

BELLEVILLE – Three farmers more than 80 years old have joined a St. Clair County suit claiming weed killer paraquat caused them to develop Parkinson’s disease.

Former client of Duebbert claims sexual battery in petition seeking to withdraw guilty plea

BELLEVILLE – Carlos Rodriguez of Belleville, who swore while on probation for fleeing police that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert sexually battered him when in private practice, had signed a different affidavit 12 days earlier.

Judge halts soybean harvest for Monsanto inspection of alleged dicamba damage

BENTON – U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Williams halted the harvest of a farmer who claims weed killer dicamba damaged his soybeans, so that defendant Monsanto could inspect the crop before it disappeared.

Lisa Madigan joins the War on Profit

What is it with some politicians and for-profit colleges? They just can't stand them.

Wrong forum, take a hike!

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Everyone knows, and quotes, that popular modification of the original Sin City slogan from the early 2000s (“What happens here, stays here”).

Attorney Sprague takes another aim at Syngenta, this one involves weed killer paraquat

BELLEVILLE – Weed killer paraquat caused a Clinton County man to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to a suit he filed in St. Clair County circuit court 23 days before he died.

Depakote plaintiffs in mass litigation must abandon claims or take them to trial, Rosenstengel rules

EAST ST. LOUIS – Five plaintiffs suing Abbott Laboratories over birth defects must take Abbott to trial or abandon their claims, U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel ruled on Oct. 10.

If the inmates are running the asylum, you might live in St. Clair County

There's never a dull moment in St. Clair County, what with judges and other public servants always finding new ways to entertain us with their disturbing antics.

Towne initiated felony charges against political foes while serving as state’s attorney

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois special prosecutor Brian Towne who currently faces 17 misconduct and misappropriation indictments initiated felony charges against four political foes while he was LaSalle County state’s attorney.

Chrysler attaches deposition of UConnect lead plaintiff to summary judgment motion

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville lawyer Brian Flynn swore as lead plaintiff against Chrysler that he suffered damages from a dangerous defect in his Jeep, yet testified that he kept driving it and took parents, girlfriend, and others along without warning them.

Workforce report at Illinois appellate prosecutor’s office shows underutilization of minorities

SPRINGFIELD – Workforce statistics at the Illinois State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor’s office show that White persons held 66 of 73 jobs at last report, a rate higher than 90 percent.

Belleville's now permanent 'temporary' sales tax is driving out people and businesses

The city officials who told the people then that it was just "temporary" knew they were going to keep it. The more they get the more they spend.

Former State's Attorney Brian Towne does the perp walk

When law officers break the law, even if it's allegedly in the pursuit of justice, they stop being law officers and become criminals – no better than the purported lawbreakers they're trying to apprehend, and arguably much worse.

Getting 340B drug discount program back on track

While not yet in the limelight of healthcare discussions, and totally unknown to most people, the federal 340B drug discount program affects many vulnerable patients in Southwestern Illinois. Created in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients afford valuable medications by providing certain hospitals and safety net clinics with discounted medicine, the 340B program is no longer functioning as intended.

McCarter lashes out at Rauner over abortion funding bill HB40; Says he should not run for re-election

I am extremely disappointed in the Governor’s decision. The new law requires abortions be paid for with tax dollars for any reason, including sex, race, or imperfection, throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.