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Trial lawyers give big October boost to Democrats and Madigan

By Record News | Nov 5, 2018

SPRINGFIELD - Fifteen plaintiff law firms poured $1,695,850 into Democratic campaigns in October, records of the Illinois State Board of Elections show.

Green wave of Madigan, trial lawyer cash flowing into House races: Bristow, Costello and Stuart

By Ann Maher | Oct 31, 2018

Three local Democrat House members seeking re-election next week are among the top beneficiaries of campaign cash raining down from House Speaker Mike Madigan, whose interests in recent weeks have been showered with greenbacks from the trial bar.

Madigan’s trial lawyer majority

By The Madison County Record | Oct 31, 2018

Mike Madigan’s one of the most powerful and influential men in Illinois, and he never misses a chance to increase his power and extend his influence. In his dual capacity as House speaker and state Democratic Party chairman, he has ample opportunity to do both.

Patient sues rehab center following leg amputation

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 19, 2018

A former patient blames Cedar Ridge Health and Rehab Center for an infection that resulted in amputation.

Trial lawyer cash making its way into Fifth District race

By Ann Maher | Sep 17, 2018

The race to fill an open seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court has seen an infusion of trial lawyer campaign cash in recent weeks - from near and far.

Asbestos litigation analysis shows downward trend - except for boom in St. Clair County

By Ann Maher | Sep 10, 2018

While asbestos filings in courts across the country appear to be declining, the number of new cases being filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court have more than doubled from a year ago.

Yandle turns down Boeing’s second motion to keep asbestos suit in federal court

By Sandra Lane | Jul 9, 2018

An Illinois federal judge denied Boeing Company's second attempt to move an asbestos lawsuit from state to federal court.

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

By Ann Maher | Mar 20, 2018

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

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.

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