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Judge who overturned Rauner 'fair share' executive order had worked as Madigan staffer in earlier days

Critics of policy decisions that prop up labor organizations at the expense of taxpayers have said it’s no mistake that some of the state's most consequential and political legal battles - contract negotiations, worker pay and union dues - have been filed in “union friendly” St. Clair County.

New report ranks Metro-East one of the nation’s worst 'Judicial Hellholes'

The Metro-East, internationally known as a favorite destination for out-of-state personal injury lawyers and plaintiffs looking to cash in playing the lawsuit lottery, has cemented its status as the “Lawsuit Abuse Capital of the U.S.” with Madison County being named today to a list of the nation’s “Worst Judicial Hellholes.”

ITLA responds to 'Judicial Hellhole' report

The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has again recycled its annual “report” to stoke prejudice and fear of our state’s legal system. ATRA, a well-funded front group for the nation’s wealthiest corporations, works to undermine the independence of courts to help corporate interests avoid responsibility for their dangerous behavior and reckless actions.

Madison County ranked seventh in 'Judicial Helholes' report; St. Clair County not on the list

Madison County and St. Louis were named as two of the worst jurisdictions in the nation according to the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes report.

Time to enforce America’s immigration laws again

A country without effective borders is not a country at all. And a country ruled by bureaucrats that are out of step with American opinion isn’t much of a country either.

Ads that can kill: Lawyers scare patients out of taking medication, legal reform group says

WASHINGTON - A new paper says lawyer advertising is scaring patients into not taking their medications, leading to dozens of serious incidents – including six deaths from individuals who stopped using their blood-thinner.

'The way due process is supposed to work': Ill. Supreme Court decision reshapes state's legal landscape

Three years after the U.S. Supreme Court moved to significantly limit general personal jurisdiction over corporations, the Illinois Supreme Court at last has used that precedent to perhaps achieve legal venue reforms long sought by business groups and reform proponents - and long ignored by state lawmakers.

Asbestos defendants should collaborate more to balance power in tort system, consultant says

A business consultant who helps companies manage their product liabilities is calling for asbestos defendants to collaborate more in order to achieve better equilibrium with plaintiffs whose litigation risks pale in comparison.

Spike in lawsuits against employers over fingerprints, other biometric data may be just the beginning

CHICAGO — A spike in the number of lawsuits in Illinois over biometrics data is a result of such data becoming more commonly used or misused by both business and social media. But whatever the reason, businesses should look for more and more of these lawsuits in coming days, a Washington, D.C.-based labor and employment attorney warns, thanks to a unique facet of Illinois' law.

Will artificial intelligence replace you in 2045?

Artificial intelligence (AI) in law practice is both controversial and inevitable. Will it make routine work easier or more complicated?

Illinois attorney general taking increasing consumer-activism role

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has, for much of her career as the state’s top law enforcer, put a strong focus on consumer protection and related activities.

Posner departure sets stage for potential political fight over future of Seventh Circuit

After decades of relative stability, the U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago could soon undergo an extensive makeover, making the court potentially the next battleground in the fight for the future of the nation’s judiciary.

Illinois' legal climate 'a recipe for disaster,' new ILR survey says

CHICAGO – Illinois has "a recipe for disaster" when it comes to dishing out a good legal climate, according to a video by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, which owns this publication.

Amtrak passenger allegedly fell on unsecured stepstool

EDWARDSVILLE — A passenger is suing Amtrak after she allegedly fell on an unsecured stepstool.

Fired Intergovernmental Grants Department worker ordered to amend complaint in St. Clair County suit

EAST ST. LOUIS – A fired St. Clair County Intergovernmental Grants Department worker has until Aug. 24 to amend her complaint pending in federal court in East St. Louis.

Appeal granted to Ricki Jones in tax dispute with former wife reversed at Fifth District

MOUNT VERNON – Madison County Associate Judge Martin Mengarelli improperly granted former embezzler Ricki Jones an appeal in a tax dispute with former wife Dorothy Boos, Fifth District judges decided on Aug. 11.

CFPB's new rule 'large gift for class action lawyers'; Court challenges coming

WASHINGTON  - As the director of a federal consumer protection agency seemingly fights for his job, he has gone forth with plans to finalize a controversial rule – and a court challenge seems imminent.

Press not welcome at the annual AAJ convention

Unless you have a lot of experience with things like skis, stilts, and pogo sticks, you run a real good risk of falling down when you give them a go.

Plaintiffs in J&J talc cases hit with major setback; Mo. business leader says attitudes changing for better

ST. LOUIS - Legal experts following the Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits in St. Louis say that even in the face of Monday’s declared mistrial of one of the cases on jurisdictional grounds, many of the hundreds of other cases will drag on “because so much money is involved.”

Another death by asbestos lawsuits

A productive member of our society has passed away.