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Civil justice reforms proposed in House include venue reform, joint and several liability and judicial retention

SPRINGFIELD - Legislation that would restrict judges from seeking election to their own seats has been refiled after dying in a previous session of the Illinois General Assembly.

IL Supreme Court calls for fix of rules apportioning blame in multi-car crashes; could leave defendants 'holding bag'

Cook County Record

Illinois’ highest state court has upheld a Chicago appeals panel and a Cook County judge's rulings that a defendant in a car crash suit had no basis to contest his codefendant's settlement with the plaintiff under Illinois law, because there was no evidence of fraud, despite concerns the ruling could leave less culpable co-defendants “holding the bag” at trial.

High court upholds seizure of woman’s Harley; Karmeier dissent: ‘In the eyes of the law, she was guilty of nothing’

SPRINGFIELD – Police properly seized a three wheel Harley-Davidson vehicle from a woman who committed no crime, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Feb. 16.

Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

People have argued for years about the right answer to that poser. Here's another: Which comes first, the trial or the decision?

Herndon denies summary judgment to State Farm in $9 billion RICO case

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon on Feb. 6 denied summary judgment to State Farm on a $9 billion racketeering claim.

Madison County projected to 'go live' in April on state's new centralized E-File Manager, circuit court clerk says

EDWARDSVILLE – In spite of its request to extend a deadline for making court documents available through the state's new centralized E-File Manager (EFM) being denied, Madison County Circuit Clerk Mark von Nida says he hopes his office will done by early spring, well ahead of a mandatory July 1 deadline.

Peru attorney files malicious prosecution suit against former LaSalle Co. SA Brian Towne

CHICAGO – Special prosecutor Brian Towne allegedly committed malicious and retaliatory prosecution as LaSalle County state’s attorney, according to a new civil lawsuit.

Associate Judge Kelley to retire March 1; Applications sought for that vacancy but not LeChien's

St. Clair County Associate Judge Randall Kelley, 66, will retire March 1, approximately a year before his current four-year term expires.

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

Legal Newsline

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.

Hylla named to commission on pretrial reform of criminal justice system

Madison County Chief Judge Dave Hylla is among members of a new commission that will make recommendations on pretrial reform of the state’s criminal justice system.

Supreme Court: Pro se civil litigants without access to computer can be exempted from e-filing

As the new year approaches with a requirement that all civil litigation documents be electronically filed at the circuit court level, the Illinois Supreme Court announced a change for self-represented, or pro se, litigants.

Madison County ranked seventh in 'Judicial Helholes' report; St. Clair County not on the list

Madison County and St. Louis were named as two of the worst jurisdictions in the nation according to the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes report.

Belleville attorney Hoerner files for Fifth District Appellate Court; Overstreet also files

Belleville attorney Kevin Hoerner has submitted paperwork to run in the spring primary as a Democratic candidate for the Fifth District Appellate Court, in a seat being vacated by retiring Justice Richard Goldenhersh.

Supreme Court to decide if Harley forfeiture was proper

SPRINGFIELD – Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court must decide whether the state properly seized a wife’s motorcycle as an instrument of her husband’s felony.

Many in Southern Illinois justice system are involved in Duebbert-related legal actions

SPRINGFIELD – Seeking justice for St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert means seeking it all over Southern Illinois.

Supreme Court justice: Bias study results 'provide critical insights'

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court announced Nov. 6 that the Supreme Court Committee on Equality has concluded a study examining how factors like poverty, gender, race and legal representation affect outcomes in civil and family law cases.

Overstreet announces bid for permanent seat at Fifth District

Justice David Overstreet of Mt. Vernon will seek election to the Fifth District Appellate Court for the seat being vacated next year by Justice Richard Goldenhersh, who is retiring.

Hylla named Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges

Madison County Chief Judge David Hylla has been selected as the new Chair of the Conference of Chief Judges.

'The way due process is supposed to work': Ill. Supreme Court decision reshapes state's legal landscape

Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to significantly limit general personal jurisdiction over corporations, the Illinois Supreme Court at last has used that precedent to perhaps achieve legal venue reforms long sought by business groups and reform proponents - and long ignored by state lawmakers.

Associate judges in St. Clair County announce campaigns for circuit vacancies

Candidates lining up to fill circuit judge vacancies in next year's general election include three sitting associate judges who will seek nomination as Democrats in the Twentieth Judicial Circuit - Heinz Rudolf, John O'Gara and Chris Kolker.