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Asbestos defendants should collaborate more to balance power in tort system, consultant says

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2017, 8:29am

A business consultant who helps companies manage their product liabilities is calling for asbestos defendants to collaborate more in order to achieve better equilibrium with plaintiffs whose litigation risks pale in comparison.

Avocet challenges Gori Julian's fact-free case

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 12:28pm

“Round up the usual suspects.” That's the order Captain Renault gives to subordinates at the end of Casablanca, even though Rick, the man who shot Major Strasser, is standing right there in front of him.

Deposition: Bathon casts himself as fall guy in tax sale bid rig conspiracy

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 7:17am

EDWARDSVILLE – Former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon, who pleaded guilty of leading a conspiracy to rig bids, swore in May that he knew nothing about it because those who should have told him didn’t tell him.

Asbestos defendant seeking sanctions in Madison Co. argues it was named ‘only to harass,’ and for ‘settlement ransom’

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2017, 3:50pm

MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges must ponder how much evidence a plaintiff needs to sue a defendant, in the context of a Madison County asbestos suit that the Gori Julian firm filed against more than 100 companies.

Fifth District: Collinsville officer abused rights of driver who possessed 33 grams of heroin

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 4:33pm

MOUNT VERNON – Collinsville policeman Stacey McElroy plucked more than an ounce of heroin from a car after 16 minutes of investigation, too slow for appellate judges who found he abused the driver’s rights by taking so long.

Appeal granted to Ricki Jones in tax dispute with former wife reversed at Fifth District

The Madison County Record Aug. 15, 2017, 1:39pm

MOUNT VERNON – Madison County Associate Judge Martin Mengarelli improperly granted former embezzler Ricki Jones an appeal in a tax dispute with former wife Dorothy Boos, Fifth District judges decided on Aug. 11.

Madison County asbestos jury docket July

The Madison County Record Jun. 30, 2017, 12:05pm

Click here for the Madison County asbestos jury docket for July 2017.

Madison County asbestos motion docket July

The Madison County Record Jun. 30, 2017, 12:02pm

Click here for Madison County asbestos motion docket for July 2017.

Mass actions have come to an end in state courts, Sotomayor laments

The Madison County Record Jun. 20, 2017, 4:27pm

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justices have put an end to mass actions in state courts against two or more defendants, according to a dissent they don’t dispute.

Madison County court to fight opioid addiction among jail inmates with shared grant

Ann Maher Jun. 6, 2017, 12:16pm

The Madison County drug court will share in a $540,000 grant to start a “Behind the Walls” program to help combat opioid addiction in inmates at the Madison County Jail with the medication Vivitrol.

Fifth District Appellate Court upholds Baldwin murder conviction but reverses ruling for consecutive sentences

Pam Wright May 18, 2017, 8:22am

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld the murder conviction of Marcus Baldwin.

Go-cart crash prompts 36-count wrongful death suit; But coroner's verdict says man died of heart disease

Ann Maher May 15, 2017, 5:33pm

The surviving spouse of a man allegedly killed following a go-cart crash two years ago at Gateway Motorsports Park has filed a 36-count wrongful death lawsuit in Madison County Circuit Court.

Edwardsville attorneys reach out to low-income residents with free legal services

John Myers May 12, 2017, 4:59pm

EDWARDSVILLE — The Edwardsville legal community wants to remind the locals that they are working to provide legal support to lower-income individuals in need of aid.

Ex-husband ordered to pay over half of woman's attorney fees, according to appellate court's affirmation

Tricia Erickson May 5, 2017, 7:41am

The Fifth District Appellate Court recently affirmed that an ex-husband should pay over half of his former spouse's attorney fees from the divorce.

Court records yield more than a decade of troubles for Glen Carbon couple who died in murder-suicide

The Madison County Record Mar. 24, 2017, 6:09pm

Neither Madison County justice nor Christy Campbell held Justin Campbell accountable until Christy fatally shot him.  

Madison County IT director says operating system was removed from former official's computer

The Madison County Record Mar. 13, 2017, 3:07pm

Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente left behind a computer no one can start, according to information technology director Ron Dorman.  

Wood River business owners sue Roxana woman over defamatory social media posts

Karen Kidd Mar. 11, 2017, 8:26am

EDWARDSVILLE — A couple who owns a Wood River vehicle wraps and window-tinting business are suing a Roxana woman over defamatory Facebook and other online posts challenging one of the owners' Native American heritage and claiming the two are in an abusive relationship.

Wigginton bills county $31K for investigating signatures of tax cut proponents; Referendum ultimately passed 4 to 1

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 4:47pm

Attorney Stephen Wigginton has sent Madison County a $31,725 bill for his investigation into petitions supporting a tax limiting ballot initiative last year.

Mesothelioma victim lacks credibility

The Madison County Record Mar. 7, 2017, 2:28pm

Stan Urban had sought $10 million in damages from a company that may or may not have had anything to do with his exposure, and he sought it in a Madison County courthouse with which neither he nor the defendant had any connection.

Asbestos trust transparency may be an idea whose time has come

The Madison County Record Feb. 21, 2017, 11:45am

Is asbestos trust transparency an idea whose time has come? Will 2017 be the year that a reform proposal finally becomes law?