Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court News

Oral arguments heard in Ford's jurisdictional appeal; Sides point to Daimler for guidance

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 19, 2016

Oral arguments were heard in the Fifth District Appellate Court on Ford Motor Company’s jurisdictional challenge in a Florida asbestos plaintiff’s lawsuit filed in Madison County Circuit Court.

Fifth District reverses Gleeson’s order granting dismissal of retaliatory discharge suit based upon prior arbitration

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 29, 2016

The Fifth District Appellate Court reversed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson’s order granting dismissal in an employee’s suit alleging retaliatory discharge based upon res judicata and collateral estoppel.

Fifth District reverses Lopinot in suit alleging concealed upcharges; Found arbitration unenforceable in suit’s second time in appellate court

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 29, 2016

The Fifth District Appellate Court reversed St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot’s order compelling arbitration in a suit alleging a mortgage corporation concealed upcharges.

Ford’s jurisdictional appeal to be heard with new Republican justices on bench; Plaintiffs' bar tried to keep them off

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 16, 2016

Ford Motor Company’s jurisdictional appeal arising from a Madison County asbestos case will be heard by a court with two newly elected justices that the plaintiffs' bar tried to keep off the bench.

Fifth District affirms Mudge’s order denying transfer in medical malpractice suit; Concluded 'fact of trial' rather than 'place of trial' is inconvenient

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 15, 2016

The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge’s order denying transfer in a medical malpractice suit alleging a patient’s gastric ulcer went undiagnosed.

Barberis, Moore win Fifth District Appellate Court elections despite Fair Courts Now attack

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 9, 2016

Despite efforts to derail the Republican Fifth District Appellate Court candidates’ campaigns with lawyer-funded attack ads, the Republican candidates were elected to the bench by roughly 10 percent margins with 99 percent of the precincts reporting.

Judge Weber raises nearly $500K in Fifth District Appellate Court campaign; More than $100K raised day before election by Fair Courts Now contributors

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 8, 2016

Democratic Fifth District Appellate Court candidate Jo Beth Weber received more than $100,000 in campaign contributions just one day before Election Day.

Luechtefeld: No doubt there's reason for $1 million attack against Republican judges

By Kate Jacobson | Nov 3, 2016

Politicians are responding to a recent attack ad against Republican candidates for Illinois' Fifth District Appellate Court started by the political action committee Fair Courts Now, which is funded primarily by asbestos attorneys who practice in Madison County.

ISBA responds to million dollar negative ad campaign; Encourages ‘merit selection’ in judicial elections

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 1, 2016

The Illinois State Bar Association said it supports “merit selection” in judicial elections in response to the million dollar attack campaign funded primarily by asbestos firms. “The Illinois State Bar Association has historically supported good-faith efforts to remove partisan politics from the selection and retention of Illinois judges.

Bleyer denies involvement with Fair Courts Now; Bleyer: ‘Selection of judges should be based on qualifications and experience’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 31, 2016

Williamson County Circuit Judge Brad Bleyer said he was not involved in the Fair Courts Now attack ads organized to oppose Republican candidates for the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Moore responds to Fair Courts Now campaign; Hopes to maintain confidence in the courts

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 31, 2016

In response to the recent Fair Courts Now attack ad campaign, Justice James “Randy” Moore said he hopes to restore confidence and impartiality to the bench.

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.

Fifth District Appellate Court candidates discuss qualifications at IDC forum; Barberis said he holds no blame against Bleyer for Fair Courts Now campaign

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 26, 2016

The Fifth District Appellate Court candidates introduced themselves and shared why they are qualified for the position at the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Council's appellate judge candidates forum on Wednesday at the Doubletree Hotel in Collinsville.

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.

Fifth District candidates Moore and Weber respond to ICJL questionnaire

By Ann Maher | Oct 17, 2016

Fifth District Appellate Court candidates answered a number of questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League (ICJL) ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms. And while both Justice James R.

Answers to ICJL questionnaire points to differences among appellate court candidates

By Ann Maher | Oct 17, 2016

All appellate court candidates running in the state's Fifth District answered questions posed by the Illinois Civil Justice League ranging from qualifications to their views on civil litigation reforms and what, if any, changes they'd like to see.

Third quarter reports for Fifth District Appellate Court start to roll in; Weber leading in contributions

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Oct 12, 2016

While funding for Fifth District Appellate Court campaigns does not yet rival previous contested campaigns, contributions to candidates are beginning to pour in just as third quarter reports are due.

Justice Moore endorsed by state right-to-life groups; Says choice of life is 'worth the effort'

By Taryn Phaneuf | Oct 11, 2016

CARTERVILLE — For Justice James “Randy” Moore, the right to life is more significant than simply a campaign issue. It’s core to his being.  

Plaintiffs in bid rigging class action react positively to Fifth District decision

By Taryn Phaneuf | Sep 16, 2016

An attorney representing distressed property owners in a proposed bid rigging class action reacted positively to last week's ruling that allows the case to proceed. 

Fifth District finds circumstantial evidence was sufficient to secure FELA verdict against Union Pacific; Moore sharply dissents

By Ann Maher | Jan 18, 2016

A railroad worker who was rear-ended by a drunk driver while being transported in a van from a rail yard to a train in 2008 will get another shot at convincing St. Clair County jurors that Union Pacific was negligent for the auto accident.

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