Ford Motor Company News

Motorist sues car dealership over faulty airbag

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Sep 26, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A motorist is suing a car dealership after her Mustang convertible's airbag failed to deploy during a collision in Florida.

Widow files suit against Ford, Pontoon Beach officer over fatal collision

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jul 5, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A widow of a man killed in a collision in Madison County is seeking damages from the manufacturer of her husband's vehicle and the police officer that struck his vehicle.

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

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 5, 2017

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.

Man alleges asbestos exposure through Ford Motor Corp., others caused cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 8, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A former laborer and teacher alleges exposure to asbestos caused him to develop lung cancer.

Supreme Court puts hold on Cook Co. judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case

By Jonathan Bilyk | Aug 2, 2017

The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.

District Court sides with Ford in insurance claim case stemming from truck that caught fire

By David Hutton | May 4, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois recently granted Ford Motor Co.’s motion to dismiss portions of an insurer's suit filed against it last year.

Asbestos litigation documentary shines light on abuses; Film depicts business owner's struggle to get out of meritless suit

By Taryn Phaneuf | Dec 14, 2016

A documentary set to premiere this week scrutinizes the cottage industry of asbestos litigation.

Ford, MetLife named in asbestos suit

By Molly English-Bowers | Mar 7, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A married couple is suing over the husband's longtime exposure to asbestos that allegedly led to his diagnosis of cancer.

Stobbs denies Ford Motor Company’s motion to dismiss asbestos suit; Cites Ford’s prior statement in IL SC establishing contact in the state

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 12, 2016

Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs denied a motion to dismiss an asbestos case filed by Ford Motor Company, relying on a statement made by Ford to the Illinois Supreme Court expressing its substantial contacts with the state.

Daughter blames dozens of companies for exposing her and father to asbestos

By Molly English-Bowers | Jan 11, 2016

BELLEVILLE – A Toledo, Illinois, woman is suing more than 50 companies, alleging she developed a serious medical condition from inhaling asbestos fibers her father worked around, and brought home on his clothing and person.

John Crane says Ford lawyers' asbestos sanctions motion a 'witch hunt' to advance 'implausible conspiracy theory'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Dec 8, 2015

A manufacturer named as a defendant in about 75,000 asbestos personal injury cases nationwide has pushed back against a request for sanctions from lawyers representing Ford Motor Company, who have accused their client of being a “shill” to prevent other defendants from transferring cases out of Cook County Circuit Court, saying Ford has no basis to support an “implausible conspiracy theory” serving as a pretense for the chance to fish for privileged information.

Sanctions sought against asbestos lawyers for using John Crane as 'shill' to keep cases in Cook County

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 30, 2015

Attorneys for defendants in a Cook County asbestos case have brought an action against the opposing counsel in the case, asking the court to punish the plaintiff’s attorneys and the counsel for John Crane Inc., one of the other defendants named in the case, for their alleged use of Crane as a "shill" to prevent defendants from transferring the case and others like it out of Cook County Circuit Court.

More than 300 asbestos cases set for trial in Madison County Aug. 10

By Ann Maher | Aug 5, 2015

More than 300 asbestos cases are set for trial next Monday in a Madison County courtroom that seats about 100 spectators. The extraordinary number of cases are set to be presided over by the court's only asbestos judge - Stephen Stobbs, an associate judge.

Madison County asbestos motion docket Aug. 10-14

By Carrie Gonzalez | Aug 4, 2015

The asbestos motion docket for Madison County will be hel at 9 a.m. on Aug. 10 and 14 in Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs' courtroom, room 327.

Madison County asbestos motion docket Aug. 5

By Carrie Gonzalez | Jul 28, 2015

The asbestos motion docket for Madison County will be held at 9 a.m. on Aug. 5 in Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ courtroom, room 327. There are 27 motions to be addressed.

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