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Special prosecutor picked to handle Wigginton's first DUI, is assigned to second one

By Record News | Feb 8, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE – Special prosecutor David Rands, who handled a drunk driving ticket against former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton, will do it again.

McCarter: national security, economic development factor prominently in role as ambassador to Kenya

By Ann Maher | Feb 4, 2019

As former Illinois state senator Kyle McCarter prepares to assume the role as U.S. ambassador to Kenya, terrorist threats in the eastern African nation remain heightened three weeks after a deadly attack at a Nairobi hotel and office complex.

From Cook County Record

Class action vs Allstate over rates can continue; Company, not state, set rates, appeals court says

By Dan Churney | Jan 31, 2019

In a split decision, an Illinois appeals panel has stripped Allstate Insurance of its defenses against a class action, which alleged the company unfairly billed long-term auto policyholders more than it charged new ones, saying Illinois insurers can’t protect their rates from lawsuits, because their rates are not controlled by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

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IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.

GMA Legal Conference: A 'must-attend event' for food, beverage and consumer product legal professionals

By Dawn Geske | Jan 24, 2019

PALM BEACH GARDENS – This year's Grocery Manufacturers Association's Legal Conference event is set to be held in Palm Beach Gardens on Monday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 5.

From Legal Newsline

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Wigginton faces another DUI charge; Former U.S. Attorney arrested Dec. 31 in Edwardsville

By Ann Maher | Jan 9, 2019

Former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton will appear before a Madison County judge next month to face another driving under the influence charge.

From Cook County Record

Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Bump-stock class action seeks compensation for government's 'taking' of property

By Ann Maher | Jan 7, 2019

WASHINGTON - While it isn't the first lawsuit filed over the federal government's recent ban on bump-stock devices, one initiated by Edwardsville attorneys at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims is the only chance, they say, owners have of getting compensated for the taking of their property.

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People suing Google over facial geometry scans of photos must prove real harm, not just 'feel aggrieved': Judge

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 2, 2019

Saying the plaintiffs bringing the action must show how they were actually harmed, a Chicago federal judge has closed the window on a class action lawsuit accusing Google of violating an Illinois privacy law by automatically creating and storing face scans of people in photos uploaded to its Google Photos service.

Alma man alleges leukemia from toxic exposure

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 31, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — An Alma couple is suing numerous companies, alleging their products contained volatile organic compounds, or VOC.

One of 11 ‘false claims’ suits DOJ wants dismissed filed in SDIL by former Lakin partner

By Record News | Dec 28, 2018

BENTON – Six men who formed corporations to sue drug companies on behalf of the government wasted the government’s time, according to the government.

Motorist, passenger allege injuries from Alton collision

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 25, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A Dish Network employee is accused of causing an Alton collision.

From SE Texas Record

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.

National farmers organization alleges trademark infringement

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 17, 2018

BENTON — A national farmers organization is suing a De Soto business, alleging trademark dilution.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown partners and practices ranked in Benchmark Litigation 2019

By Press release submission | Dec 10, 2018

Mayer Brown announced that Benchmark Litigation 2019 awarded the firm a top-tier ranking in the national Appellate category and also ranked the firm in the national Antitrust category.

Lawsuit abuse still a problem in Illinois

By John Pastuovic, Illinois Civil Justice League | Dec 10, 2018

The problems plaguing courtrooms throughout Illinois are well-documented. Our courts have seen ridiculous cases over having too many peanuts in a bag of mixed nuts or allegations of being “injured” by paying higher prices for products than their self-claimed worth.

Madison, St. Clair Counties ranked eighth on ‘Judicial Hellholes’ list

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 4, 2018

Madison and St. Clair Counties are again considered two of the worst jurisdictions in the nation according to the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes Report.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown promotes 34 to partner worldwide

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 34 lawyers worldwide to partner.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown promotes 16 to counsel worldwide

By Press release submission | Nov 29, 2018

Mayer Brown has announced the promotion of 16 lawyers worldwide to counsel.

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