ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – An amicus brief filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argues public employees should have to pay union fees even if they fell that it contributes to political pandering.
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Several friend-of-the-court briefs have now been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the lawsuit brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois state government employee who feels union dues should not be taken from his paycheck since he is not a member of a union.
CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.
With approximately two and a half months until election day, the issue of judge drug testing remains a hot button topic between candidates for circuit judge in St. Clair County - Chief Judge John Baricevic, a Democrat, and Belleville attorney Ron Duebbert, a Republican.
With 25,000-plus performances since its premiere in London in 1952 and still going strong, Agatha Christie's murder mystery The Mousetrap is – and is likely to remain – the longest-running play of all time.
“Campaign for 2016’s ads repeatedly and falsely portrayed Justice Karmeier as being corrupted by contributions in 2004 that supposedly came from Philip Morris and its unnamed allies,” Philip Morris lawyers wrote. “Litigants surely cannot fabricate a basis for recusal through attack ads.”
CARBONDALE – Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, discussed the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court during a visit to the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Law last week.
Attorney Bob Marcus of Kujawski Marcus LLC in O’Fallon has been named on the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. The list is included in the Super Lawyers magazine published by Minneapolis-based Law & Politics.
SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers who claim a U.S. Supreme Court decision disqualifies Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier from a case involving Philip Morris miss their mark, according to Philip Morris.
SPRINGFIELD – Lawyer Stephen Tillery wants all Illinois Supreme Court Justices except Lloyd Karmeier to consider restoring a $10 billion judgment he won against cigarette maker Philip Morris in 2003. On Nov. 17, Robert King of Tillery’s firm moved to recall a mandate the Court issued against the judgment in 2005. King also moved for Karmeier’s recusal or disqualification, citing an objective and reasonable public perception of his bias in favor of Philip Morris.
SPRINGFIELD – Two lawsuits over union fees on Illinois state employees who don’t belong to unions have stopped in their tracks, now that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken a parallel case into its hands.