Simmons Hanly Conroy News

Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

How will campaigns that rely heavily on public union financing fare in light of Janus?

By Record News | Aug 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Three public employee unions facing a new restriction on their political action gave State Rep. Jay Hoffman of Belleville $202,900 in the last two and a half years under the old rules.

Widow alleges husband died after being bitten by spiders at Freeburg rental property

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 26, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her husband died after being bitten by spiders at their rental property and that their landlords failed to exterminate the property.

Alton Memorial, doctor allegedly failed to diagnose adrenal gland infarction

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Apr 26, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A woman is suing Alton Memorial Hospital and health care providers for allegedly failing to diagnose an adrenal gland infarction, causing a patient's death.

Wife of former U.S. Attorney seeks divorce in Madison County

By Ann Maher | Apr 24, 2018

The wife of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has petitioned for divorce in Madison County Circuit Court citing irreconcilable differences.

Madison County GOP chair calls for more political diversity on bench; Says it will help shed ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation

By Ann Maher | Apr 16, 2018

Madison County GOP chairman Jeremy Plank has called for the appointment of more Republicans at the Third Judicial Circuit to more closely reflect the county’s “political landscape” and to help shed its reputation as a “judicial hellhole.”

Man allegedly injured at Altitude Trampoline Park

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Mar 20, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A Bethalto resident is suing operators of the Altitude Trampoline Park, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Granite City attorney Anthony R. Jumper appointed associate judge in Third Judicial Circuit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 20, 2018

Attorney Anthony R. Jumper was selected to serve as an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, filling the vacancy left by former Associate Judge Luther Simmons’ retirement.

Wigginton opens practice on West Main in Belleville

By The Madison County Record | Mar 13, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton has opened an office at 7110 West Main Street.

McCaskill donors include Who’s Who list of plaintiff attorneys; Simmons’ attorneys account for $200K

By Record News | Mar 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Attorney John Simmons of Alton and 35 other Simmons Hanly Conroy lawyers each gave Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill $5,400 last year, Federal Election Commission records show.

Gibbons welcomes bids for opioid lit: ‘The Lord only creates so many John Simmonses’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 5, 2018

Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons addressed a number of concerns surrounding the county’s potential involvement in opioid litigation against pharmaceutical companies at Friday’s Judiciary Committee meeting, stating that all bids are welcome but “we also want to win.”

After three months at Simmons, Wigginton no longer on firm's roster

By Record News | Feb 26, 2018

ALTON – Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm removed former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton from its roster and withdrew from a class action he brought with him from a previous job.

IL appeals court upholds dismissal of class action challenging Chicago red light camera program law

By Jonathan Bilyk | Feb 14, 2018

Saying state law designates Chicago’s red light and speed camera enforcement programs as something different from ordinary traffic laws, a state appeals court has again handed a defeat to a class action attempting to overthrow the city’s automated traffic citation program, which annually adds millions of dollars in fines from ticketed motorists to the city’s coffers.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Gibbons to discuss Madison County Judiciary Committee's opioid litigation concerns at next month's meeting

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 5, 2018

While State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons has not yet decided if Madison County will become involved in the opioid litigation against pharmaceutical companies, the county's Judiciary Committee presented a list of questions and concerns regarding the litigation for him to address at next month’s meeting.

Paul Hanly and Jayne Conroy belong to an exclusive 'club'

By The Madison County Record | Jan 30, 2018

If the resolution of the opioid problem rightfully belongs to the legislative and executive branches and the defendants might be ready to settle, why get the courts involved in setting up an MDL? Who benefits from that?

Kolker campaign raises more than $100K in fourth quarter; Plaintiff firms factor big

By Ann Maher | Jan 29, 2018

St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker's campaign committee raised more than $100,000 in the last quarter of 2017 as he seeks election to the vacancy left by circuit judge Robert LeChien who died in August.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Illinois Supreme Court mulling who gets consolidated opioid cases – Cook Co. or Springfield judge

By Record News | Jan 23, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Supreme Court Justices must decide whether suits that counties continue filing against opioid manufacturers belong with a judge from Cook County or a judge from Springfield.

Seats at the opioid litigation table are rearranged; Simmons partner loses spot on executive committee

By Record News | Jan 16, 2018

CLEVELAND – District Judge Dan Polster ordered plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation to rearrange seats at the table after a protest against the original executive committee rung out from West Virginia.

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