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Georgia Pacific's Bestwall seeks Chapter 11; Cites ‘abuses in the tort system’ in Madison County

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 14, 2017

In its request for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Bestwall LLC, a unit of Georgia Pacific, cites a 2005 Madison County asbestos case where “highly questionable claiming practices” were used during litigation to reach higher payouts before changing the story for bankruptcy trust filings.

Asbestos report shows Madison County remains 'preeminent mature' jurisdiction

By Ann Maher | Mar 19, 2017

Madison County's court system and some of the high profile local lawyers who built their practices here continue to dominate the nation's asbestos litigation landscape.

Lawyer-funded PAC running negative campaign against Barberis, Moore finishes out with robo calls

By Ann Maher | Nov 8, 2016

Attacks against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court finished recently with negative robo calls, reminiscent of the well-funded, 11th hour targeting of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2014. .

No response from Democratic Fifth District Appellate Court candidates on Fair Courts Now campaign; 41 percent of Judge Weber’s contributions from same firms

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 31, 2016

It’s been two weeks since the Fair Courts Now committee was formed to run attack ads against Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court, and Democratic candidates have yet to provide a response to the negative campaign.

Weber leading in Fifth District Appellate Court campaign contributions; Candidates raise more than $388K total

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 18, 2016

Campaign finance records with the Illinois State Board of Elections show that Jefferson County Circuit Judge Jo Beth Weber has received the most Fifth District Appellate Court campaign contributions for the third quarter with a total of $153,721.

Report shows Gori firm files most asbestos cases in Madison County and nationwide

By Ann Maher | Sep 21, 2016

Madison County's asbestos court remains the most active docket in the country, according to mid-year figures compiled by Washington-based consulting firm KCIC.

Davis continues to out-raise Callis in 13th Congressional District

By David Yates | Jul 16, 2014

Davis visits American Heartland Fish Products in Grafton earlier this month.

Cates outraises, outspends McGlynn in last quarter for Fifth District seat

By Bethany Krajelis | Jul 17, 2012

Cates Swansea attorney Judy Cates raised more than 10 times the amount of campaign contributions as her Republican opponent for the Fifth District Appellate Court in the same three month period, records show.

Chicago money pours into 5th District Appellate Court race; Race pits Democrat Cates against Republican McGlynn

By Bethany Krajelis | Jun 21, 2012

Cates Nearly $55,000 has made its way into the 5th District Appellate Court race since April and the majority of that money landed in Democrat Judy Cates' campaign coffers with the help of about a dozen Chicago lawyers and law firms.

Asbestos bankruptcy conference highlights Chapter 11

By Aricka Flowers | Jun 25, 2010

Hartley CHICAGO - An asbestos litigation expert said rules being developed in asbestos Chapter 11 cases are serving as precedent for resolution of other mass torts.

Venue reform hearing boosted by high court decision

By Ann Knef | Nov 17, 2005

Venue reform is heard before Senate Judiciary Committee Bolstered by a powerful Illinois Supreme Court decision that puts a noose around venue shoppers, legal reform advocates touted guidelines for where lawsuits should be filed during a state senate hearing in Chicago on Thursday.

We have a plan!

By The Madison County Record | Oct 31, 2004

Madigan Truth or Dare?.. Speaking of... Machine Muscle... No Plan, No Love...For Humanity

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