Madison - St. Clair Record

Friday, January 24, 2020

Illinois Supreme Court

Recent News About Illinois Supreme Court

  • ICJL reports judicial reform groups are anti-business

    ICJL president Ed Murnane A report by the Illinois Civil Justice League claims that state campaign finance reform groups veiled as independent critics are actually funded by “anti-business” special interest foundations.

  • Plaintiff Peach awarded windfall judgment against Granite City

    9 Briarcliff Dr. in Granite City--Peach offered $68,900 for it. Posing as the buyer of a Granite City home, a resourceful Madison County woman pulled $20,000 in $100 bills out of her purse and handed it over to an incredulous seller as down payment for a $68,900 house she had never seen on the inside.

  • From the peanut gallery

    Madison County Chief Judge Edward Ferguson has banned smoking within 150 feet of the new Criminal Justice Center on St. Louis Street.

  • Demagnetizing Madison County

    Painter Luke Lindau lives in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. But when Lindau wanted to sue his former employers for allegedly exposing him to asbestos, he headed south for justice. To the suburbs of St. Louis, that is.

  • Appellate Court reverses Matoesian's decision in AT&T class action

    AT&T prevailed in an appeal to the 5th Appellate Court regarding a class action consumer fraud case filed by Sandra K. Ragan and Dennis Mangiaracino in 2002 in Madison County Circuit Court.

  • Illinois pols, reformers react to class action reform

    "There are still alot of state classes," said Mike Pope of Chicago's McDermott, Will & Emery. With a few strokes of his pen Feb. 18, President George W. Bush signed into law an act which Congressman John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) described as "a bill that most people believe is a major tort reform that will go down in history as making a big difference."

  • Byron transfers Pfizer class action to Cook County

    Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron A consumer fraud class action lawsuit against drug giant Pfizer has been transferred from Madison County to Cook County, where it will be consolidated with a similar case.

  • A new day

    Thinking of you? The word from our nation's capitol: White House eyes were trained on the Madison and St. Clair County courthouses late last week.

  • Justice Karmeier writes first opinion as court member

    Newly elected Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier delivered his first opinion since taking the oath of office Dec. 6, 2004.

  • Moran dusts off docket, gets into class action spring cleaning

    Circuit Judge George Moran Jr. Nuns of the Sisters of Divine Providence may fully appreciate that cleanliness is next to godliness after Madison County Circuit Judge George Moran Jr. throws out several old class action cases that have not been pursued by plaintiffs—namely one that had accused them of cheating.

  • Q&A: 20th Judicial Circuit judge-to-be Norton

    William C. Norton Marissa attorney William C. Norton, who will be sworn into office next month as circuit judge in the 20th Judicial Circuit, took time to answer a few questions recently.

  • A good start

    What do you call 25 asbestos lawsuits thrown out of a Madison County court because they have no relation to the county?

  • Appellate court affirms Cueto's venue ruling

    A venue decision made by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto was recently affirmed by the 5th District Court of Appeals after the appellate court was ordered by the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider an interlocutory appeal.

  • Proposed Rule 225: A new David & Goliath

    Who will you find to represent the consumer with a claim of minimal value?

  • State high court overturns ruling

    The Illinois Supreme Court overturned a May 28, 2002 ruling by Madison County Associate Judge Lewis Mallott in an insurance case where the plaintiff argued their payouts should be more because she had coverage for multiple vehicles, even though only one vehicle was involved in the accident.

  • Rule 225 offers viable solution to dubious claims

    Mike Pope Monday, Jan. 24 may prove to be a milestone in efforts to restore balance and consistency to the handling of class actions in Illinois.

  • Kay v. Wojcieszak: Settled or not?

    An odd turn in a case of unlikely participants came when the defendant--a victims' rights advocate accused of intimidation--refuted a published report that the lawsuit has settled out of court.

  • New judge assigned in Maag v. Illinois Chamber

    A $110 million defamation lawsuit filed by Gordon E. Maag, who lost the Illinois Supreme Court Justice race and retention to the appellate court, has been been assigned to Associate Judge Stuart Shiffman of the 7th Judicial Circuit, in Sangamon County.

  • President's visit to shine national light on Metro-East

    It's no accident that U.S. President George W. Bush selected Collinsville, Ill. to make his case for legal reform--a priority domestic policy agenda item.