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Cook, Madison, St. Clair Counties rank sixth in ATRA’s Judicial Hellholes list

Maintaining a yearly spot on the American Tort Reform Association’s Judicial Hellholes list, Cook, Madison and St. Clair Counties were combined this year to make up the sixth Judicial Hellhole in the nation.

Mathis, Marifian and Richter awards three scholarships to aspiring lawyers

The Belleville firm Mathis, Marifian and Richter has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Illinois high school seniors with law school aspirations.

Terror victims can’t seize Persian artifacts to satisfy $72 million judgment, Seventh Circuit rules

CHICAGO – Terror victims who won a $72 million judgment against the Islamic Republic of Iran can’t enforce it by seizing Persian artifacts at the University of Chicago, Seventh District appellate judges ruled on July 19.

The Rule of Law is on life support; chaos and tyranny await at bedside

Fast and Furious…IRS targeting of conservatives…IRS destruction of evidence in the midst of an investigation…Veterans’ Administration fabrication of evidence…Benghazi…Eric Holder perjury…GSA Las Vegas extravaganzas…Solyndra…New Black Panthers…release of convicted violent illegal aliens…then there is Hillary (private servers, destruction of evidence, lying to Congress and the FBI, extremely careless actions putting our nation and people at risk).

Chief Justice Garman honored at 'Distinguished Professional Service' event

Four law organizations came together on Thursday to honor leaders in the state with the Award of Exemplary Professional Service at the Distinguished Professional Service Joint Dinner.

Chicago doctor and researcher appears as witness in several Simmons' asbestos suits

A Chicago cancer doctor whose research organization has received funding from the Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation has appeared in at least seven Madison County asbestos lawsuits as a treating physician or expert witness for cases filed by the Simmons firm of Alton.

Simmons Foundation gave $2.5 million to Columbia Univ. over four years; Simmons firm received 26 asbestos referrals over same period

On Nov. 30, jurors found former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver guilty of giving state funds to Dr. Robert Taub while making money on referrals from him. The Simmons Foundation in 2010 executed a contract with Taub's research center at Columbia University, pledging $3.15 million in five years.

Asbestos researcher has close ties with plaintiffs' bar; Legal ethics professor says it's up to fact finders to determine propriety


Chicago researcher has appeared for plaintiffs in Madison County asbestos; Med center also accepted funding from Simmons foundation


Tillery seeks at least $18K in fees from third party to litigation - University of Chicago

Tillery An attorney who will share close to $35 million in fees by way of a recent class action settlement in federal court, is seeking at least $18,000 in fees from the University of Chicago in related state court litigation.

Tillery blasts Syngenta's expert at sanctions hearing

Tillery Class action lawyer Stephen Tillery spent four hours attacking the integrity of a professor who estimated that a statewide ban on weed killer atrazine would wipe out 48,000 jobs at a hearing on Nov. 2.

GJN attorney reappointed to National Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules

Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John G. Roberts, Jr. has appointed bankruptcy attorney David A. Lander of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman in St. Louis to serve a second, three-year term on the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, a unit of the nation's Judiciary system whose members develop policy and recommendations generally impacting all U.S. bankruptcy courts and their procedures.

Closed court document review in Syngenta atrazine case takes hours

Tillery After accusations of fraud and barbs over a highly contentious discovery process, the parties in one of a series of class actions brought against the makers of the weed killer atrazine spent most of the day in a closed courtroom with Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge reviewing disputed documents.

Holiday Shores moving for protective order after Syngenta subpoenas expert witnesses

Tillery Lead plaintiff Holiday Shores Sanitary District is asking Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge to limit the scope covered by two subpoenas issued to expert witnesses in a proposed class action over the weed killer atrazine.

Hylla takes summary judgment moves in abortion battery suit under advisement

Hylla Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla took summary judgment moves in a case brought against a Granite City women's clinic and its staff under advisement, although he told defense attorneys on Friday morning that he believed they had "a pretty good case."

Documents for summary judgment move filed in Hope Clinic abortion clinic battery case

The parties in a battery case brought against a Granite City women's clinic and its staff have filed supplemental materials related to summary judgment moves that will be argued later this month.

Hylla moves abortion clinic battery suit hearing again

A hearing on summary judgment and other motions in a battery case filed against a Granite City women's clinic is now set for May.

Mudge orders Syngenta to produce PR firm documents

Mudge Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge has ordered Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. to turn over public relations and other documents that the company had claimed were privileged to plaintiff Holiday Shores Sanitary District.

Syngenta files responses to sanctions moves centered on Swiss documents, market share data

Tillery Syngenta Crop Protection Inc. has filed two responses to sanctions moves aimed at it by the lead plaintiff in a proposed class action over alleged water contamination caused by the company's weed killer, atrazine.

Hearing set Monday on summary judgment moves in abortion clinic battery case

Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla is set to hear arguments on several summary judgment moves filed by a Granite City women's clinic and its staff members in a battery suit brought by a woman who sought an abortion there three years ago.