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Say it ain't so Joe

By John J. Hopkins | Jul 24, 2018

The 1919 World Series was intentionally lost by the Chicago White Sox,fixing the game to appease gamblers and to make a pretty payoff themselves. The scheme unraveled, resulting in criminal prosecutions and a lifetime ban from baseball for the conspirators.

Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jul 2, 2018

In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.

At Janus oral arguments, lawyer for AFSCME predicted members would strike if no longer compelled to pay fees

By Record News | Jun 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers should brace for strikes now that government unions can no longer compel members to pay agency fees for political campaigns, attorney David Frederick said last December arguing for unions before the U.S. Supreme Court.

US Supreme Court: Forced collection of 'fair share' union fees unconstitutional, violates workers' free speech rights

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 27, 2018

Compelling non-union government workers to pay so-called “fair share fees” to unions they do not wish to join violates the First Amendment speech rights of non-union workers and is unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, finding in favor of an Illinois state worker who had sued to end the fees, also known as agency fees, in Illinois and across the country.

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2018

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes

No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

By Karen Kidd | Mar 19, 2018

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.

Calif. AG fears possible effects of union fees case at U.S. Supreme Court

By Angela Underwood | Jan 31, 2018

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.

State AGs speak up in Janus case to preserve collection of union fees from non-union workers

By Dee Thompson | Jan 29, 2018

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.

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

By Karen Kidd | Jan 17, 2018

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.

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

By Nicholas Gueguen | Mar 31, 2017

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

By Dawn Geske | Sep 2, 2016

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

By The Madison County Record | Jun 21, 2016

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

By Record News | Jun 20, 2016

“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

By Ann Maher | Jun 20, 2016

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

By Molly English-Bowers | May 12, 2016

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

By Ruth de Jauregui | May 10, 2016

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’

By The Madison County Record | Jan 26, 2016

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?

By The Madison County Record | Jan 12, 2016

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

By Scott Reeder, Illinois News Network | Jan 12, 2016

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.

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