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Gibbons responds to request for outside prosecutor: 'No conflict of interest exists'

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says no conflict exists between him and officials whose offices were raided in January, and that they are mistaken for asserting that he applied for search warrants that allowed for the raid to take place.

ICJL rates judicial candidates ahead of primary; Newly minted Irishman only one in state 'not recommended'

The Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) has evaluated judicial candidates running across the state in next week's primary, and for the local ones who participated in the tort reform group's survey, all received ratings of "recommended" or better.

Republican candidate for judge in Madison County receives favorable ratings in ISBA poll

A Republican candidate for circuit judge in the Third Judicial Circuit has received high marks in the Illinois State Bar Association's judicial advisory poll.

Appellate court upholds Crowder in family dispute over IRA funds

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder in a family's dispute over ownership of a deceased man's retirement account valued in excess of $500,000.

IADC to hold legal writing and advocacy seminar in Edwardsville

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel is presenting a legal writing and advocacy seminar on Feb. 15 at the Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville.

Madison County's judiciary chair wants to prevent opioid litigation from resembling asbestos docket

Madison County Board member Mike Walters came out forcefully against modeling potential opioid litigation after the type of lawsuits the county is most well known for, saying the asbestos docket has been a "terrible drain" in terms of businesses that either want to leave or not locate here at all.

Is your firm selling a commodity?

What differentiates your services from another firm? If a prospective client wants you to do a basic legal transaction, are you really different from the other firms in town? Or, if that person is looking to, let’s say, incorporate a business, is he or she going to choose you because your firm has a higher profile than the next? But are your services fundamentally different from the next guy’s, really? Probably not much.

Judicial vacancies in St. Clair and Madison counties filled in with candidates

With the candidate filing period for the spring primary having closed on Monday, results indicate that the entire slate of circuit court vacancies in Madison and St. Clair counties will see contests in the November general election.

Hylla to seek retention in next year's election

Madison County Chief Judge Dave Hylla will seek retention to another six year term next year.

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

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

“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

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’

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

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

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

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

Madison County asbestos motion docket July

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

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

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

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

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