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Ameron files motion for directed verdict in Madison County asbestos trial, says Bond Strand causation is 'speculative at best'

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 21, 2018

Ameron International Corporation filed a motion for a directed verdict Thursday in an Edwardsville man’s mesothelioma trial, arguing that he failed to provide sufficient causation evidence regarding the defendant’s Bond Strand product.

From Legal Newsline

Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

Trial lawyer cash making its way into Fifth District race

By Ann Maher | Sep 17, 2018

The race to fill an open seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court has seen an infusion of trial lawyer campaign cash in recent weeks - from near and far.

Asbestos litigation analysis shows downward trend - except for boom in St. Clair County

By Ann Maher | Sep 10, 2018

While asbestos filings in courts across the country appear to be declining, the number of new cases being filed in St. Clair County Circuit Court have more than doubled from a year ago.

Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

Widow sues asbestos products manufacturers over husband's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 31, 2018

A widow blames a group of manufacturers for allegedly exposing her husband to asbestos.

Patient alleges gadolinium retention following MRI

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 31, 2018

BENTON — A patient alleges a contrast agent used in MRIs caused serious health problems when he developed gadolinium retention.

From Legal Newsline

Pittsburgh's hired guns move in on Philadelphia's turf as opioid lawyers jostle for power

By John O'Brien | Aug 29, 2018

The fighting in Pennsylvania among plaintiffs lawyers working on contingency fees has escalated this summer

Girl allegedly fractured leg at trampoline park

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 28, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A father and his daughter are suing the operators of a trampoline park after the girl allegedly fractured her leg at the park.

Man alleges cancer from glyphosate-containing herbicide

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 27, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A self-employed contractor and storeowner claims he developed cancer from using glyphosate-containing herbicide throughout his cancer.

Widow sues manufacturers over husband's death from alleged asbestos exposure

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 23, 2018

A welder's death prompted his widow to pursue litigation against several manufacturing companies.

Manufacturers face lawsuit for failure to warn about asbestos

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 23, 2018

A pipefitter's death has led to allegations of negligent asbestos exposure against a host of well-known companies.

From Legal Newsline

Citing 'character assassinations' of witnesses, Goodyear asks for new trial in $40 million asbestos case

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A lawyer for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which was ordered by pay $40.1 million to a man who claimed he developed mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos, is asking a judge for a new trial.

From Pennsylvania Record

Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

How will campaigns that rely heavily on public union financing fare in light of Janus?

By Record News | Aug 7, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Three public employee unions facing a new restriction on their political action gave State Rep. Jay Hoffman of Belleville $202,900 in the last two and a half years under the old rules.

Woman alleges lung cancer from secondary exposure to asbestos

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 2, 2018

Several manufacturers face a lawsuit brought by a couple claiming exposure to asbestos.

Couple files asbestos lung cancer suit

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 2, 2018

A couple blames several product manufacturers for asbestos exposure, leading to the husband's diagnosis of lung cancer.

LEWIS BRISBOIS BISGAARD & SMITH LLP: Intellectual Property Client Alert

By Press release submission | Jul 29, 2018

The Federal Circuit ruled on Friday July 20, 2018 that tribal sovereign immunity cannot bar inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) because they are federal agency enforcement proceedings to which tribal sovereign immunity is generally inapplicable.

From St. Louis Record

J&J talc trial wraps up: Attorneys accuse each other of fake science in closing arguments

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Attorneys for both sides claimed the other fabricated science during closing remarks on July 11 after a month-long trial in a lawsuit in which 22 women allege the baby powder they used made by Johnson & Johnson gave them ovarian cancer.

Widow alleges husband died after being bitten by spiders at Freeburg rental property

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 26, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her husband died after being bitten by spiders at their rental property and that their landlords failed to exterminate the property.

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