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Appeals court ruling raises possibility for state employees' lawsuit over union fees to head to U.S. Supreme Court

CHICAGO — The U.S. Supreme Court could hear a case that disputes Illinois government workers' mandatory union fees based on a March 21 federal appeals court ruling.

St. Clair County judicial candidates continue drug testing debate; Baricevic releases test results

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.

Finally, it’s curtains for one Stephen Tillery drama

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.

Philip Morris brief: Price lawyers can’t fabricate basis for Karmeier’s recusal through ’14 attack ads

“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.” 

End of the road for Price v. Philip Morris

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined attorney Stephen Tillery's petition for review in the 15-year-old Price v. Philip Morris case.

Woman fights insurer over cutoff of disability benefits

BENTON – A Belleville woman is suing over an insurance company's alleged cutoff of long-term disability benefits.

Durbin visits SIUC stumping in support of Supreme Court nominee Garland

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.

Bob Marcus selected as 2016 Illinois Super Lawyer ‘Rising Star’

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.

Price v. Philip Morris: What could possibly happen next?

SPRINGFIELD – Last time the Illinois Supreme Court rejected Stephen Tillery’s $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris, 10 years ago, he petitioned the U.S.

High court hears Friedrichs arguments; Future of ‘fair-share dues’ likely in the balance

WASHINGTON — Forced unionization of government workers may be on the brink of ending in the United States if questions asked Monday by justices of the U.S.

Philip Morris rejects Caperton comparison to Price; Defense responds to Tillery in $10.1 billion tobacco case

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.

Next round begins in lawyers' battle for billions; Tillery team seeks to restore Price, disqualify Karmeier

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.

Rauner, L. Madigan lawyers duel in letters; At issue: Can Rauner file ‘friend of the court’ brief?

SPRINGFIELD — Top lawyers for Illinois’ Republican governor and Democratic attorney general are in a dustup over the governor’s office filing a “friend of the court” brief with the U.S.

Union dues suits in Illinois stayed until USSC decides California case

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.

State to publish names of political hires; Rauner: Info available ‘in real time, all the time’

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Illinois Policy Institute threatened with arrest at union-led trainings

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ISBA says if it has to reveal deliberations it may have to cease evaluating judicial candidates

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Thanks to heroes you don’t know Illinois became a bit more civilized

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Plaintiffs argue against confidentiality in Hale v. State Farm

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Changes on the horizon in intellectual property domain

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