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Monsanto pollution plaintiffs want settlement invalidated; Hearing set today

By Record News | Jan 15, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Almost 300 plaintiffs in pollution suits have called on St. Clair County Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson to invalidate a settlement between their lawyers and Monsanto.

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DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

We know you’re not happy, but shut up about it!

By The Madison County Record | Nov 13, 2018

If your lawyers negotiated a $20 million settlement for you, you’d be happy as a lark, wouldn’t you? You certainly wouldn’t complain about a jackpot like that. Only a colossal ingrate would act as if he’d been cheated by a settlement of that size.

Husband and wife sue asbestos-related companies for failure to warn

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 26, 2018

An Illinois couple is suing McWane Inc. and other asbestos-related companies, alleging that negligence and failure to warn led to the man's lung cancer.

Pay no attention to those appellate judges!

By The Madison County Record | May 23, 2018

“Grandma went to Disney World and all I got was a t-shirt!”

Environmental litigators reach out to Monsanto class; Some say they've been led to believe 'much' more coming

By Record News | May 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE – After appellate court judges vacated a settlement between Monsanto and lawyers for 11,256 St. Clair County clients on April 18, the lawyers assured the clients that the settlement remains valid.

Couple seeks more than $50,000 from Alabama Power, others over alleged asbestos injuries

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 16, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A couple is seeking damages from Alabama Power and other companies over allegations the husband's lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure.

Plaintiffs in J&J talc cases hit with major setback; Mo. business leader says attitudes changing for better

By W.J. Kennedy | Jun 21, 2017

ST. LOUIS - Legal experts following the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits in St. Louis say that even in the face of Monday’s declared mistrial of one of the cases on jurisdictional grounds, many of the hundreds of other cases will drag on “because so much money is involved.”

Industrial parts distributor sues manufacturer for breach of contract

By Noddy A. Fernandez | May 15, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE — An industrial parts distributor is suing a manufacturer for allegedly failing to make payments.

LeChien should not have jurisdiction over state labor dispute, critic says

By Ann Maher | Dec 7, 2016

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien has granted a temporary restraining order for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 to block contract terms imposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

AFSCME blames budget failure for lack of pay raises, unpaid healthcare and expenses

By Record News | May 10, 2016

State employees lacking a contract ask St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert LeChien to preserve provisions of their previous contract. 

Social service providers sue Rauner for vetoing appropriations, demand state pay $100 million

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 4, 2016

A group of more than five dozen Illinois social service agencies have sued Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner and a collection of state agencies, alleging the governor’s decision to veto three appropriation bills in June 2015 has provided cover for the state to unconstitutionally refuse to pay them more than $100 million they are collectively owed for services rendered under contracts with the state of Illinois.

AG Madigan and personal assistant appear to have changed positions on employment status

By Ann Maher | Nov 17, 2015

A personal assistant who seeks status as a state employee in two pending work comp claims, was a plaintiff in a recent high profile labor class action arguing for non- state employee status. The work comp claims brought by Stephanie Yencer-Price of Springfield are now central to a brewing legal and political battle between state leaders.

AG Madigan sued over refusal to fight work comp claims brought by 'personal assistants'; CMS director says millions have been improperly paid

By Ann Maher | Nov 17, 2015

Over the past five years, more than 200 personal assistants have received $5.8 million in workers' compensation benefits, according to a spokesperson with the Central Management Services, which averages $29,000 per claim,

Electricity vendor tells state to pay up; Also, counseling vendor terminates contracts

By Mark Fitton and Greg Bishop | Nov 13, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Another vendor says it may have to cut off service to the state of Illinois because the state’s inability to pay its bills is threatening the vendor’s ability to continue doing business. In a disconnection-warning letter dated Oct. 29, Southwestern Electric Cooperative Inc. told the state it is behind on its accounts. “As a not-for-profit utility, Southwestern … relies on its members to pay their bill so we, in turn, can pay our bills and provide power to 22,000 homes, hospitals,

After losing override battle in Springfield, state workers seek arbitration from Judge LeChien

By The Madison County Record | Sep 25, 2015

State employees who failed to succeed with legislation placing their contract negotiations in the hands of an arbitrator now aim to achieve that objective in St. Clair County. On Sept. 17, they asked Circuit Judge Robert LeChien to maintain the status quo in litigation pending arbitration of the state’s authority to lay off employees.

It’s back to court for state and its unions; AFSCME and others seek wages, increases, med payments

By Mark Fitton | Sep 21, 2015

State employee unions have returned to court in an effort to lock in continued pay for the fiscal year, get medical claims paid, stop layoffs and retain step pay raises and semi-automatic promotions despite lack of a contract. At the end of June, Illinois entered fiscal year 2016 without a budget and without new labor contracts, and its biggest unions sought to make sure their members in state government continued to be paid. The unions have so far succeeded in the courts, and their members co

State employees get another win in pay dispute; Fifth District upholds LeChien

By Mark Fitton | Jul 28, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — State employees can keep getting their regular paychecks for the near future, another state court has ruled. In a ruling entered Friday, the Fifth District Appellate Court refused to overturn a circuit court’s order that state employees continue to be paid — despite the lack of a state budget — while those employees pursue a lawsuit.

Most state workers to go unpaid; Judge says no to full wages without a budget

By Mark Fitton | Jul 8, 2015

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that state employees who work during a no-budget shutdown can be paid only minimum federal wage — $7.25 an hour — plus overtime. Munger, R-Lincolnshire, said she was disappointed by and respectfully disagrees with the ruling issued by Judge Diane Joan Larsen on Tuesday in Cook County Circuit Court. "My office will soon file an appeal to today's decision,” the comptroller said. Attorney General Lisa Madigan, D-Ch

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