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Asbestos defendants should collaborate more to balance power in tort system, consultant says

Ann Maher Oct. 20, 2017, 8:29am

A business consultant who helps companies manage their product liabilities is calling for asbestos defendants to collaborate more in order to achieve better equilibrium with plaintiffs whose litigation risks pale in comparison.

Madison County, Recorder deny firing former employee for reporting alleged illegal activity, calling the claims 'frivolous'

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Oct. 19, 2017, 2:33pm

Madison County and Recorder of Deeds Amy Meyer denied liability and called the claims frivolous in a former employee’s lawsuit alleging discrimination.

Getting 340B drug discount program back on track

The Madison County Record Oct. 2, 2017, 9:14am

While not yet in the limelight of healthcare discussions, and totally unknown to most people, the federal 340B drug discount program affects many vulnerable patients in Southwestern Illinois. Created in 1992 to help vulnerable or uninsured patients afford valuable medications by providing certain hospitals and safety net clinics with discounted medicine, the 340B program is no longer functioning as intended.

Prenzler wants $500k in budget to treat opioid, heroin addiction

Ann Maher Sep. 26, 2017, 2:10pm

Madison County plans to include $500,000 for heroin addiction treatment in a budget proposal set to be released on Wednesday.

Power outage shuts down Madison County Criminal Justice Center

The Madison County Record Sep. 15, 2017, 9:32am

The Madison County Criminal Justice Center lost power Friday, forcing officials to close the building, according to a press release issued by the county.

Here's a climate problem that is man-made (and correctable)

The Madison County Record Sep. 12, 2017, 5:05pm

If you hoped that Illinois might lose its dubious distinction as a state with one of the worst lawsuit climates in the country, you hoped wrong.

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

The Madison County Record Sep. 5, 2017, 7:17am

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.

Civil rights leader, author: 'You can be born in a ghetto, but the ghetto isn’t born in you'

John Sammon Aug. 31, 2017, 1:09pm

EDWARDSVILLE – The message local civil rights leader Bobby Collins hopes to impart to people who read his new book titled “No Excuses, Biography of Bobby Collins,” is one of motivation, hope and courage.

Madison County seeks public comment over land use future, open houses scheduled

Chandra Lye Aug. 30, 2017, 2:49pm

EDWARDSVILLE – The public has been asked to rule in over the future of land in Madison County.

Property owners in bid rigging class action seek to re-join Madison County following Bathon’s deposition

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 30, 2017, 9:14am

EDWARDSVILLE – After Madison County was dismissed by the Fifth District Appellate Court from a class action alleging several tax buyers participated in a bid rigging scheme with former Treasurer Fred Bathon, the class of property owners filed a motion to amend their complaint to re-join Madison County to the action.

Former prosecutor pursuing age discrimination suit, confesses to mishandling tickets for friend

The Madison County Record Aug. 29, 2017, 2:17pm

EAST ST. LOUIS – Former Madison County prosecutor Julia Matoesian, wife of Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian, rigged tickets for clients of their friend, Alton attorney Steve Selby, according to a confession she submitted in U.S. district court on Aug. 26.

Lakin settles sexual abuse suit that set stage for criminal prosecution

The Madison County Record Aug. 28, 2017, 12:52pm

BELLEVILLE – Former Madison County lawyer Tom Lakin has settled the sexual abuse suit that set him on the path to prison 11 years ago.

Colorado man's estate alleges asbestos exposure led to his death

John Severance Aug. 11, 2017, 8:17am

EDWARDSVILLE – The estate of a Colorado man is suing a number of companies after it was allegedly determined his death was caused by asbestos exposure throughout his lifetime.

Through internship program, Madison County students get taste of legal life

John Revak Aug. 7, 2017, 7:43am

Seven Madison County high school students have spent a month interning with local law firms through the annual Madison County Intern Program.

East Alton attorney John M. Delaney Jr. found dead in hotel room; He is remembered as ‘well-liked’ and will be ‘dearly missed’

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Aug. 5, 2017, 12:10am

East Alton attorney John M. Delaney Jr. is fondly remembered by colleagues after he was found dead in a Shelby County hotel room Thursday afternoon.

Man alleges benzene exposure from Roxana refinery caused leukemia

David Hutton Jul. 25, 2017, 2:43pm

EDWARDSVILLE – An East Alton man has filed a benzene lawsuit against the makers of Rust-Oleum and Turtle Wax after he was diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia after allegedly being exposed to toxic emissions as a child from the companies’ facilities in Wood River.

Madison County real estate June 1-16

Elizabeth Alt Jul. 19, 2017, 7:46am

An Edwardsville property sold for nearly $700,000 as part of the recent Madison County real estate transactions for June 1-16.

Three strikes and SAFE is out!

The Madison County Record Jul. 18, 2017, 12:23pm

If law enforcement officials don't have to obey a law, why would anyone else?

Seventh Circuit reverses Madison County jury verdict favoring jail guards

The Madison County Record Jul. 18, 2017, 9:31am

CHICAGO – U.S. Seventh Circuit appellate judges reversed a jury verdict clearing Madison County jail guards of blame for a suicide attempt that has kept Reginald Pittman in a vegetative state for 10 years.

Madison County's 'litigious nature' cited by two insurance carriers who declined opportunity to cover

Ann Maher Jul. 11, 2017, 1:37pm

Madison County's "litigious nature" was cited by two insurers who declined to submit proposals for things like property and excess liability coverage as the county's annual renewal period approaches at month's end.