Illinois Supreme Court News

IL Supreme Court questions whether mom must prove 'harm' to sue over teen's Six Flags fingerprint scan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 20, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court justices appeared to take a dim view of assertions by a lawyer for Six Flags that a mother can't sue the theme park operator after the company required him to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass, even though she had not provided consent.

Objector wants class counsel fees in $250 million Hale settlement cut; Says they could have won much more at trial

By Record News | Nov 19, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who reached a $250 million settlement with State Farm don’t deserve a third in fees because they likely would have won much more at trial, according to class member Lisa Marlow of Cocoa, Fla.

Monsanto again seeks review of appellate decision that cast doubt on settlement of 11,256 pollution claims

By Record News | Nov 19, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – For a second time, Monsanto has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to review a Fifth District appellate court opinion that vacated a good faith order in a settlement between Monsanto and 11,256 plaintiffs.

Overstreet wins permanent seat at Fifth District, likely shifting balance 5-2 conservative

By Ann Maher | Nov 6, 2018

Justice David Overstreet has easily won a permanent seat to the Fifth District Appellate Court.

Customers should read insurance policies, not wait to sue til denied coverage, high court rules

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 22, 2018

Saying customers have an obligation to read and understand the terms of their insurance policies, the Illinois state Supreme Court has rejected the try by a couple to make their American Family Insurance agent pay for providing them with a policy that didn’t protect them against a defamation lawsuit, even though they had specifically asked the agent to obtain that coverage for them.

Holbrook says only one complaint over machines during early voting - from Belleville lawyer wanting to cast 'no' on retention

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

Only one complaint over a possible glitch in voting machines has been fielded during early voting, according to St. Clair County Clerk Tom Holbrook.

Six former library employees have taken home more than $1 million in pension benefits

By Austin Berg, Illinois Policy Institute | Oct 15, 2018

Large pension payouts in the face of flat incomes for taxpayers raise questions of fairness.

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in Sauget pollution suit reduce fee from 40 to 26.5 percent

By Record News | Oct 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers who lowered the expectations of 11,256 clients in a pollution suit against Monsanto and Cerro Copper lowered their fee as a result.

Cruse describes new bail reform law aimed at helping poor people, amidst criticism from Justice for Kane and radio host's racial slurs

By Ann Maher | Oct 9, 2018

The leader of a grassroots group seeking to oust St. Clair County Circuit Judge Zina Cruse from office in next month's election refutes claims that there's a racial component to the anti-retention effort.

Trial lawyer cash making its way into Fifth District race

By Ann Maher | Sep 17, 2018

The race to fill an open seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court has seen an infusion of trial lawyer campaign cash in recent weeks - from near and far.

State Farm could have argued other companies wanted Karmeier on court because of asbestos, class actions

By Record News | Sep 11, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon gave class action lawyers many tools to damage Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier and State Farm, but on the eve of trial he opened a hole in the class’s armor.

Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

Remodeled law library at Edwardsville courthouse to officially open

By John Breslin | Aug 27, 2018

A remodeled Law Library at the Madison County Courthouse will be officially unveiled on Wednesday.

Stiehl begins three-month circuit judge position; Gleeson ‘profusely’ thankful for Karmeier’s appointment

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 23, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge William Stiehl Jr. began his brief three-month appointment Thursday, presiding over the probate docket.

Poorer communities may be at greater risk for lawsuits following Supreme Court narrowing of immunity protection

By John Breslin | Aug 23, 2018

Poorer municipalities may be hit harder following an Illinois Supreme Court decision that narrows the immunity communities used to enjoy against personal injury lawsuits, according to one attorney who represents a number of local municipalities.

Stiehl steps up to fill spot in short handed circuit, looking forward to three month stint

By John Breslin | Aug 22, 2018

When Belleville attorney William Stiehl Jr. received "the call" in mid-July, he hesitated, but only for a short time.

HEPLERBROOM: Griffin joins Heplerbroom

By Press release submission | Aug 16, 2018

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Judge Gleeson masters social media

By The Madison County Record | Aug 14, 2018

“Great addition to the bench. Welcome soon-to-be Judge Stiehl!”

Former Beelman Ready Mix employee’s suit at trial in Kolker’s court

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 8, 2018

A forrmer Beelman Ready Mix employee’s suit alleging retaliatory discharge after refusing to drive an unsafe dump truck is at trial in St. Clair County Associate Judge Chris Kolker’s courtroom.

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