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

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.

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

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 brief disputes federal jurisdiction in $10 billion RICO claim

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.

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

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.

Indiana trucking company argues Madison County has 'absolutely no interest' in Effingham injury claim

Ten civil cases arising from Madison and St. Clair counties will be argued at the Fifth District Appellate Court this week.

Electric company denies liability in fire at City of O’Fallon Public Works building

An electric contractor alleges the lighting in a city building was altered and evidence was not maintained after a fire destroyed the building owned by the City of O’Fallon.

Alton storage facility denies liability following fire caused by homeless person

An Alton storage facility denies liability in a customer’s suit alleging her belongings were damaged in a fire caused by a homeless person.

Local defense attorneys discussed changes to IL and MO case law at IDC conference

Defense attorneys Richard Hunsaker and Debbie Champion outlined Illinois and Missouri litigation trends based on recent case law and what defense attorneys should watch for in court.

Asbestos attorneys provide appellate practice tips; Forum and jurisdiction issues among top disputes

Asbestos attorneys William Kohlburn and Brad Elward acknowledged the issues surrounding forum and jurisdiction disputes in local asbestos litigation while discussing Missouri and Illinois appellate practices at the HarrisMartin Midwest Asbestos Conference.

OSF Healthcare Systems, doctor deny liability in patient's alleged stroke

OSF Healthcare Systems and one of its doctors deny liability in a man’s lawsuit alleging he suffered a stroke after he was taken off an anticoagulant medication.

Edwardsville lawyer named military trial judge

After a career spanning more than two decades as both an active duty and reserve Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Michael Schag, also a partner with Heyl Royster, has been appointed as a military trial judge.

Barry Noeltner named partner at Heyl Royster

Attorney Barry Noeltner was named a partner with Heyl Royster’s Edwardsville Office.

Yandle cancels Alaskan’s asbestos trial three days from start; Plaintiff lawyer apologizes for mistakes and lack of preparedness

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle prepared for an asbestos trial but nobody else did, so the trial didn’t happen.

Seventh Circuit finds severance agreement enforcable and valid in case against CVS

In a victory for employers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) lost its case against CVS Pharmacy when the Seventh Circuit ruled last month that an employment severance agreement, which the plaintiff signed, is both valid and enforceable in EEOC v. CVS.

Lawyers in Hale v. State Farm reduce status of key investigator; Sides attack each others' experts

Investigator Doug Wojcieszak, whose reports form the basis of corruption claims against Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, might not take the stand at trial on that subject. Lawyers who paid him for evidence that State Farm secretly financed Karmeier’s campaign in 2004 have abruptly reduced his status to potential witness.

Plaintiffs don't get to change judges simply because they withdraw, refile suit, high court rules

The Illinois Supreme Court has shot down a plaintiff’s attempt to change judges after she dropped a lawsuit and then re-filed it, saying her attempt to “reset the clock” on the process was a loophole those who wrote the rules did not intend to be exploited. State law allows each party to a lawsuit to request one substitution of judge without cause, as long as the motion is made before the judge ha

Plaintiff, defense attorneys and Stobbs discuss navigating Madison County asbestos docket

Asbestos 101: Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs was joined by attorneys from both side of the fence to shed light on how to navigate a case in the nation’s busiest asbestos docket.

Realtors claim buyback argument already litigated, seek to dismiss suit

A realty firm and its realtors seek to dismiss a couple’s lawsuit alleging breach of contract based on an “ambiguous” buyback provision.

Pro Bono Committee’s annual Madison County Intern Program welcomed 12 local students

This summer the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee coordinated its annual Madison County Intern Program, allowing 12 students the chance to learn more about the legal system.

Real estate seller counter sues buyer for $2.75M

A company involved in the real estate purchase of a hotel that went south is countersuing the plaintiff for $2.75 million after it backed out of the deal.