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Class seeks to unseal documents in $10 billion Hale v. State Farm action

EAST ST. LOUIS – Class action lawyers preparing for a $10 billion trial against State Farm want jurors to see 106 documents that the insurer has classified as confidential.

Study predicts most new cases of mesothelioma will not be related to occupational exposure after 2040

A new study has found that all new cases of mesothelioma will largely be so-called "background," that is not linked to the hazards of directly working around asbestos, after 2040.

More aggressive defenses expected in asbestos cases as new information emerges of other cancer causes

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Companies named in asbestos lawsuits may employ more aggressive defenses as information emerges that other factors can cause the particular type of cancer that leads to the costliest settlements and verdicts.

City officials accused of sharing private business tax information with outside auditors

The Illinois Retail Merchants Association said Monday that it had obtained emails showing that municipal officials illegally shared local businesses tax information with an outside company that makes money auditing businesses on behalf of local governments.

Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

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SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

How to stop senseless school shootings?

Just war means you kill the killer and he kills no more. Sadly, the political class claims the only way to stop the killing is to spend more on scientific research paid for by tax payers ($50 million so far).

Civic Federation: State 'lost' billions in revenue by foregoing taxes on retirement income

A Chicago think tank says Illinois is losing out on billions of dollars in revenue by not taxing retirement income.

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

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Legal Newsline

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

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Legal Newsline

AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

White House to nominate Brad Maxwell as U.S. Marshal; Shares vision of 'Making America Safe Again'

WASHINGTON - Brad Maxwell, 46, of Edwardsville will be nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Illinois, according to a White House press release issued today.

Latest 7th Circuit nominees Scudder, St. Eve, seen as well-qualified, experienced by many legal observers

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Cook County Record

Legal observers have praised President Donald Trump’s two most-recent nominees to the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, singling out their experience and intelligence as well as the White House’s efforts to gain bipartisan support for the nominees.

Meet the Illinoisan at the center of a historic Supreme Court case

Mark Janus learned about public service from a young age, growing up as a Boy Scout in Springfield. He eventually became an Eagle Scout. And he’s passed along his knowledge to young men and women from the state’s capital while leading scouting trips to Florida.

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.

Bad Science at NIOSH?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.

Calif. AG fears possible effects of union fees case at U.S. Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – An amicus brief filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra argues public employees should have to pay union fees even if they fell that it contributes to political pandering.

State AGs speak up in Janus case to preserve collection of union fees from non-union workers

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Legal Newsline

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Several friend-of-the-court briefs have now been filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the lawsuit brought by Mark Janus, an Illinois state government employee who feels union dues should not be taken from his paycheck since he is not a member of a union.

New book details attorney’s frustrations with MDL: Handling of cases becoming ‘more and more deplorable’

“I don’t think I am exaggerating. The percentage of cases is increasing in the MDLs, and the manner in which they are handling these cases is becoming more and more deplorable.”

Six Flags case could clarify requirements for biometric claims used in class actions

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Legal Newsline

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) – A closely watched Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) case could have bearing on Illinois' one-of-a-kind biometric privacy law after an appeals court ruled last month the plaintiff alleged no actual harm, an attorney who defends businesses against such cases said during a recent interview.

Victims of IRS's tea party bias - and taxpayers - must see Lois Lerner's testimony, lawyer says

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CINCINNATI (Legal Newsline) - Lois Lerner, formerly of the Internal Revenue Service when it discriminated against applicants for tax exemptions based on their viewpoints, claims Americans have no right to read statements she made under oath about why she did it.