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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.

Elections can be funny, but they’re not a joke

By The Madison County Record | Sep 19, 2018

“Due to the unusually large turnout expected, this year’s election will be held over a two-day period. Republicans will vote on Tuesday, Democrats on the following day.”

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.

Questions raised over links between donors, lawyers and state AG offices

By John Breslin | Sep 17, 2018

Free market thinkers and those who believe in some government intervention are involved in an increasingly sour battle over the issue of climate change.

From Legal Newsline

DOJ raises flag in Kaiser Gypsum bankruptcy; Says it will investigate illegal conduct in trusts

By Ann Maher | Sep 13, 2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice has stepped into Kaiser Gypsum's Chapter 11 bankruptcy pending in the Western District of North Carolina over concerns that its reorganization plan lacks sufficient safeguards to prevent fraud.

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.

Amtrak passenger brings lawsuit over fall

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 29, 2018

A passenger's fall in a train prompted her to sue Amtrak.

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

MAYER BROWN: Nine Mayer Brown lawyers named “Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyers of the Year”

By Press release submission | Aug 28, 2018

Mayer Brown announced today that nine lawyers have been named “Best Lawyers 2019 Lawyers of the Year” in the following categories and cities.

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.

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.

Madison County yet to make up mind over whether to join growing number of opioid suits

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

As counties, municipalities, Native American tribes, now even the White House, pile on with lawsuits filed against the producers of opioids, Madison County continues to debate whether to get involved.

Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed as a Supreme Court Justice

By State Rep. David McSweeney | Aug 14, 2018

Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a highly qualified nominee who deserves bipartisan support for his confirmation. He was confirmed as a federal judge to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2006. Judge Kavanaugh has already been through the vetting process. He has already faced tough questions and was deemed fit to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit – a court that is known as the “Second Highest Court in the Land.”

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.

MAYER BROWN: Mayer Brown boosts white collar, investigations, sanctions and export control capabilities in London with double partner hire

By Press release submission | Jul 29, 2018

Global law firm Mayer Brown announced today that Sam Eastwood and Jason Hungerford have been appointed as partners in the firm's Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Say it ain't so Joe

By John J. Hopkins | Jul 24, 2018

The 1919 World Series was intentionally lost by the Chicago White Sox,fixing the game to appease gamblers and to make a pretty payoff themselves. The scheme unraveled, resulting in criminal prosecutions and a lifetime ban from baseball for the conspirators.

From St. Louis Record

Jurors pound Johnson & Johnson with $4.69 billion judgment; Company vows to appeal

By John Sammon | Jul 12, 2018

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.

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