ST. LOUIS – Jurors on July 12 handed Johnson & Johnson a body-blow, levying a total $4.14 billion in punitive damages and $550 million in compensatory damages to 22 women who claimed its talcum powder contained asbestos that caused them to develop ovarian cancer.
Post-Janus Landscape: Decision will impact union coffers, membership; more litigation on its way, say lawyers
In the wake of the U.S Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional forced union fees, the legal and political landscape will undoubtedly change. But precisely what will change, and how and when those changes will roll out, remains anybody’s guess.
At Janus oral arguments, lawyer for AFSCME predicted members would strike if no longer compelled to pay fees
WASHINGTON – Taxpayers should brace for strikes now that government unions can no longer compel members to pay agency fees for political campaigns, attorney David Frederick said last December arguing for unions before the U.S. Supreme Court.
US Supreme Court: Forced collection of 'fair share' union fees unconstitutional, violates workers' free speech rights
Compelling non-union government workers to pay so-called “fair share fees” to unions they do not wish to join violates the First Amendment speech rights of non-union workers and is unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, finding in favor of an Illinois state worker who had sued to end the fees, also known as agency fees, in Illinois and across the country.
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.
Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes
Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes
WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.
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.
EDWARDSVILLE — A woman is suing Alton Memorial Hospital and health care providers for allegedly failing to diagnose an adrenal gland infarction, causing a patient's death.
More aggressive defenses expected in asbestos cases as new information emerges of other cancer causes
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.
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.
The wife of former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has petitioned for divorce in Madison County Circuit Court citing irreconcilable differences.
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?
Madison County GOP chair calls for more political diversity on bench; Says it will help shed ‘judicial hellhole’ reputation
Madison County GOP chairman Jeremy Plank has called for the appointment of more Republicans at the Third Judicial Circuit to more closely reflect the county’s “political landscape” and to help shed its reputation as a “judicial hellhole.”
A Chicago think tank says Illinois is losing out on billions of dollars in revenue by not taxing retirement income.
EDWARDSVILLE — A Bethalto resident is suing operators of the Altitude Trampoline Park, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.
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.
Attorney Anthony R. Jumper was selected to serve as an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, filling the vacancy left by former Associate Judge Luther Simmons’ retirement.