Heyl Royster News

Herndon grants plaintiffs’ move to put Hale discovery in public domain; State Farm calls it a media ploy to manufacture stories

By Record News | Jun 11, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Discovery documents in a $10 billion suit against State Farm belong in the public record, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ruled on June 11.

Heyl Royster to open St. Louis office

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 17, 2018

The Midwest defense firm Heyl Royster announced that they will be opening a new location in St. Louis.

Defendants seek summary judgment in Madison County bid rigging suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 2, 2018

Several defendants accused of participating in an alleged bid-rigging conspiracy with former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon seek summary judgment from the plaintiffs’ third amended complaint.

IDC spring symposium set April 13 will focus on cybersecurity

By Angela Underwood | Mar 27, 2018

The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC) spring symposium is scheduled April 13 at Gleacher Center in Chicago and will focus on cybersecurity, bringing together the top executives in the field to speak on the most pressing issues facing computer safety.

‘Unnatural’ class actions in St. Clair County total 21; One shopper tricked by non-dairy creamer label

By Record News | Mar 27, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Local lawyer David Nelson has sued 21 food and soap makers in St. Clair County circuit court in three years for labeling products as natural.

Prairietown Volunteer Fireman’s Association denies liability in suit alleging boy fell on playground

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Mar 20, 2018

The Prairietown Volunteer Fireman’s Association argues that a minor child’s guardians failed to properly supervise him in a suit alleging a boy fell from playground equipment during a wedding reception.

Heyl Royster attorneys named Super Lawyers; Four recognized from Edwardsville office

By Michael McGrady | Mar 6, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Four Heyl Royster attorneys for the Midwest law firm’s Edwardsville office have been named as Illinois Super Lawyers for the year of 2018.

New attorney and partner announced in Heyl Royster's Edwardsville office

By Karen Kidd | Feb 5, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Heyl Royster announced a new attorney and a new partner in its Edwardsville office, according to two recent and separate announcements issued by the firm.

Defendants in Madison County bid rigging suit seek to exclude expert testimony

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 18, 2018

Defendants sued in a Madison County bid rigging suit filed motions to exclude controlled expert testimony, arguing that one expert is “woefully inadequate” and another intends to opine on damages which aren’t part of the class certification.

Madison County seeks to quash deposition intended for ‘annoyance and expense’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 28, 2017

Madison County seeks to quash a subpoena requesting a deposition in a bid rigging suit, arguing that the subpoena is intended for “annoyance and expense” in a suit that the county is still unsure whether it will be formally added as a defendant.

Foley denies taking part in Madison County bid rigging conspiracy; Amended complaint rejoins county defendnats, seeks to expand class

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 20, 2017

In response to the recently amended Madison County bid rigging class action, auctioneer James Foley says he was not an alleged conspirator nor was he the auctioneer at tax sales where delinquent taxes were systematically sold at the highest penalty rate.

Nearly one year later, still no Ford decision out of Fifth District

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 8, 2017

It’s been nearly a year since Fifth District Appellate Court justices heard oral arguments in the Jeffs v Ford asbestos jurisdictional appeal out of Madison County Circuit and a decision still hasn’t been reached.

Plaintiffs granted leave to re-join Madison County in bid rigging suit; January trial vacated

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 20, 2017

Fayette County Associate Judge J. Marc Kelly granted a class of property owners’ request to amend their complaint to add Madison County as a defendant in a suit alleging several tax buyers participated in a bid rigging scheme with former Treasurer Fred Bathon.

Deposition: Bathon casts himself as fall guy in tax sale bid rig conspiracy

By Record News | Sep 5, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – Former Madison County treasurer Fred Bathon, who pleaded guilty of leading a conspiracy to rig bids, swore in May that he knew nothing about it because those who should have told him didn’t tell him.

State Farm seeks to dismiss conspiracy suit, denies that its investigation wasn't thorough

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 23, 2017

State Farm seeks to dismiss a woman’s suit alleging she was wrongfully accused of vandalizing a rental home in an effort to pay for dangerous code violations the landlords allegedly refused to repair.

State Farm brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim

By Record News | Aug 15, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm rigged the election of Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier in 2004 don’t match a precedent that would qualify their claim for U.S. district court, according to State Farm.

Swanson Martin & Bell expands offices in Madison County, St. Louis

By Corinne Lincoln-Pinheiro | Jun 12, 2017

Swanson Martin & Bell adds four attorneys from Heyl Royster and Pitzer Snodgrass.

Herndon clarifies Hale v. State Farm, opening door beyond $9 billion dispute

By Record News | Apr 3, 2017

U.S. District Judge David Herndon, who last year certified an exact replica of a 20th Century class against State Farm in state court, now changes the order to make the class bigger.

Matthew Foley charged in attack on County Board chairman Prenzler

By Ann Maher | Mar 27, 2017

Matthew J. Foley, 37, of Edwardsville, faces felony charges in connection with the March 11 attack on Madison County Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler at a fundraiser at St. Mary and St. Mark Catholic Church in Madison.

Dugan picked to fill Barberis vacancy in Third Circuit

By Ann Maher | Feb 9, 2017

East Alton attorney David W. Dugan has been picked to fill a vacancy in the Third Judicial Circuit, created when former circuit judge John Barberis was elected to the appellate court in November.

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