U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) News

Former Hartford refinery owner to pay $10 million for cleanup

By Mike Helenthal | Sep 16, 2016

The former owner of a Madison County oil refinery will pay $10 million to help the cleanup of the facility it vacated in 1988.

Eleven Madison County jury trials went to verdict in 2015; $830,028 awarded to four plaintiffs

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 16, 2015

Madison County saw 11 civil jury trials go all the way to verdict in 2015 with Madison County juries awarding a total of $830,028 this year in four of those cases.Of those jury verdicts in favor of the plaintiffs, two of those cases were personal injury lawsuits arising out of car accidents. The other two cases alleged wrongful termination and fraud. Of the 11 jury verdicts, seven cases ended in defense verdicts. Seven cases were law cases and four were arbitration cases that could not reach agr

Madison County jury awards $785K to man fired after reporting possible EPA violations

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 17, 2015

Jurors awarded a former truck driver $785,000 in a case alleging he was terminated for retaliatory discharge after reporting his employer for allegedly inappropriately dumping toxic substances.

Retaliatory discharge suit at trial in Judge Ruth’s courtroom

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 10, 2015

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth is presiding over a trial this week in a case alleging a man was terminated from Midwest Sanitary Service after he reported his employer for allegedly inappropriately dumping toxic substances.

Seventh Circuit orders trucking company to pay $200K sanction in Cahokia pollution case

By The Madison County Record | Aug 4, 2015

CHICAGO – Rogers Cartage must pay $200,000 for litigating a claim it had already settled over pollution in Cahokia, appellate judges of the Seventh Circuit decided. On July 27, they affirmed a sanction that former district judge Patrick Murphy imposed on the trucking company in 2013. Their decision apparently nailed down the last detail of litigation that the U.S.

Madison County claims it has immunity in a lawsuit alleging a woman and her baby fell into a manhole

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 23, 2015

Madison County alleges immunity and seeks to dismiss a mother’s lawsuit claiming she and her baby were injured when she fell into a manhole. Shelia DeBoise filed the May 8 lawsuit against Madison County, the City of Madison, its Department of Public Works, Venice Township, Metro East Sanitary District, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Manuel Foschiatti and some unnamed owners. According to the complaint, DeBoise claims she stepped on a manhole cover on Foschiatti’s property on May 11,

Local attorney teams with Chicago's Complex Litigation Group in class action against Caterpillar

By The Madison County Record | Jun 16, 2014

CHICAGO - Two Illinois limousine companies are seeking more than $5 million from one of the state’s largest manufacturers, claiming it used deceptive practices to sell them defective engines.

Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal from Madison County school district

By Bethany Krajelis | Mar 27, 2013

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to weigh in on a Madison County school district’s dispute with an area refinery and the state’s Pollution Control Board.

Fairmount Park sues insurance company for defense in horse manure contamination complaint

By Bethany Krajelis | Aug 2, 2012

Druley An environmental contamination complaint over horse manure and trash dumped on land purchased for the development of a St. Clair County subdivision has spurred an insurance coverage dispute in federal court.

In eight years, plaintiffs have fared better in atrazine cases

By Ann Maher | May 31, 2012

Tillery Madison County lawsuits against makers of the weed killer atrazine have survived motions to dismiss, petitions for review and a PR campaign that sought to rely on the court's "Hellhole" reputation.

Mudge rules against Syngenta in 'trade secret' document issue; Admonishes defendant for mislabeling emails for privilege sake

By Ann Maher | Mar 15, 2012

Mudge Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge ruled that certain defense documents in a proposed class action against atrazine-maker Syngenta are not confidential trade secrets.