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Alaskan man convicted on conspiracy charges sues individuals over money collected for legal defense

EAST ST. LOUIS – An Alaskan man previously convicted on federal murder conspiracy charges alleges several individuals used money raised for his legal defense to unjustly enrich themselves.

Meridian High School student sues over alleged sexual assault, bullying

EAST ST. LOUIS – A mother and her minor child are suing Meridian Community Unit School District 101 and others over allegations the district let an adult on school premises who engaged in sexual contact with the minor.

Man seeks damages after motorist struck motorcycle in Columbia City

EAST ST. LOUIS – A man alleges a driver attempting to pass in a no-passing zone caused his vehicle to strike the plaintiff's motorcycle.

Trial starts March 19 in road contractors’ fraud case; Yandle again rejects Murphy report

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle rejected expert testimony of former district judge Patrick Murphy about two weeks before he would have testified for road builders defending a fraud claim.

Benzene class action settles for nearly $5 million; Simmons and others to get $1.2 million in fees

EAST ST. LOUIS – A federal court judge ordered that residents living in or near Roxana are due nearly $5 million in damages over allegations Shell Oil and its affiliates were responsible for releasing benzene into the ground that contaminated the water and devalued properties.

Summary judgment granted in Hardee’s slip and fall: ‘Plaintiff cannot ambush defendants with entirely new theory’

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle canceled an injury trial against a Hardee’s restaurant after deciding she wouldn’t let Alton lawyers Michael Glisson and Timothy Chartrand “ambush defendants with an entirely new theory.”

Herndon dismisses USPS worker's disability retirement claim

BENTON –U.S. District Judge David Herndon has dismissed a former U.S. Postal Service worker's disability claim.

Lawyer for former Gibbons’ employee says retaliation suit must be decided by jury

BENTON – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons swears that former secretary Andrew Kane’s union approved his transfer to a forgotten floor of the former Wood River Hospital, but Kane swears that his union objected.

Court grants motion for Foltz Welding to search computer of former employee in trade secret case

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granted a motion for preliminary injunction Feb. 12 allowing Foltz Welding LTD to search the computers and iCloud storage of a former worker it claims might have sensitive information that could be leaked to the man’s new employer.

After three months at Simmons, Wigginton no longer on firm's roster

ALTON – Simmons Hanly Conroy law firm removed former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton from its roster and withdrew from a class action he brought with him from a previous job.

Magistrate rules former MC administrator did not destroy data in Lavite’s suit against county

BENTON – Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente did not destroy information that veteran assistance Superintendent Brad Lavite needed for a suit against the county, U.S. Magistrate Judge Reona Daly decided on Feb. 15.

Yandle sets trial March 19 in lawsuit involving value of wrongful death claim

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle has set trial in a wrongful death claim that previously settled for $1 million in the plaintiff’s home state of Washington, but which was later revived in Illinois court where the family claimed it could have settled for much more.

Judge rules testimony stays in former Highland principal's pay discrimination case

BENTON – A federal judge has denied a motion that would have thrown out the testimony of an expert witness regarding pay equality for a former Highland school administrator.

Seventh Circuit affirms $5 million wrongful death verdict over I-70 crash; Son came upon father’s burning tractor trailer ‘in a tragic coincidence’

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a jury’s $5 million wrongful death verdict and $625,000 rescue doctrine award in district judge David Herndon’s courtroom involving a fiery tractor trailer collision on Interstate 70.

District court judge denies part of DOJ motion for summary judgment in white supremacist's FOIA case

BENTON – A district court judge recently denied in part a U.S. Department of Justice motion for partial summary judgment in the Freedom of Information Act request of imprisoned white supremacist William A. White.

Federal judge denies Centralia inmate's motions in Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit

CENTRALIA – A federal judge has denied two separate motions filed by a Centralia Correctional Center inmate suing a consumer reporting agency that the inmate says has threatened him, according to separate memorandums and orders issued in the case.

Herndon awards $17 million in damages in trademark infringement case

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois issued a ruling that Southern Illinois Storm Shelters Inc. and others must pay $17.3 million in damages involving a trademark infringement case to a Missouri residential construction company.

Former employee alleges Jimmy John's noncompetition agreement violates antitrust laws

BENTON – A former Madison County Jimmy John's employee alleges the restaurant chain's anti-competitive behavior to restrict competition between franchises unfairly suppresses employee wages.

Motorist claims Florilli Transportation driver's negligence caused Marion County collision

BENTON – A Shobonier driver alleges the driver of a West Liberty, Iowa, company negligently and carelessly backed his tractor-trailer in an unsafe manner and caused a collision.

Driver alleges federal employee ran red light in Murphysboro collision

BENTON – A Murphysboro woman is seeking more than $75,000 after a federal employee allegedly ran a red light and collided with her vehicle.