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Couple alleges John Crane, others failed to warn of asbestos hazards

By Lhalie Castillo | Jul 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A husband and wife allege the man's lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his life and employment.

Appellate court affirms lower court’s order to continue treatment for man convicted of first-degree murder

By Sandra Lane | Jul 5, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a ruling of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida in remanding a man convicted of murder to the custody of the Department of Human Services for continuing treatment.

NCC Business Services accused of using deceptive debt collection practices

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 18, 2018

BENTON — A woman claims she was damaged when a business used deceptive debt collection practices.

Dow Chemical Company, others allegedly failed to warn individual about the dangers of asbestos

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 1, 2018

An estate administrator is suing the Budd Company, Dow Chemical Company, John Crane Inc. and several other companies for alleged negligence.

Widow alleges husband exposed to asbestos in St. Clair County lawsuit

By Lhalie Castillo | May 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A widow has sued a number of companies claiming her husband was exposed to asbestos fibers.

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Mom of victim: Ultimatum from lawyer, paternity test led to regrettable settlement with Tony Stewart

By Ann Maher | May 5, 2018

PORT LEYDEN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The mother of a race car driver killed nearly four years ago by famed NASCAR driver Tony Stewart says she felt cornered into settling her wrongful death lawsuit by her high-profile lawyer who threatened to abandon the case if it went to trial – an allegation disputed by the attorney.

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Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Appellate court upholds Crowder in family dispute over IRA funds

By Ann Maher | Feb 8, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder in a family's dispute over ownership of a deceased man's retirement account valued in excess of $500,000.

FACTA objector alleges 'reverse auction' collusion between plaintiff and defendant in Lopinot’s court

By Record News | Feb 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot rushed settlement of a class action against retailer Body Shop, granting conditional approval in 20 days and final approval in two months.

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Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Seats at the opioid litigation table are rearranged; Simmons partner loses spot on executive committee

By Record News | Jan 16, 2018

CLEVELAND – District Judge Dan Polster ordered plaintiff lawyers in national opioid litigation to rearrange seats at the table after a protest against the original executive committee rung out from West Virginia.

Alton and Southern Railway alleges CSX owes it more than $4M

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 27, 2017

BENTON – An East St. Louis railroad company alleges CSX Transportation failed to pay for holding charges.

Server alleges termination after refusing to give manager prescription opioid

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 21, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A Fairview Heights woman alleges she was retaliated against and eventually terminated by her restaurant chain employer after she refused to give a managing partner her prescription medication.

Man sues PNC Bank alleging wrongful garnishment

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 17, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A St. Louis man alleges his bank account was wrongfully garnished after a judgment was filed against his soon-to-be former wife.

Fifth District upholds ruling rejecting man's request to vacate commitment

By John Sammon | Oct 16, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court on Oct. 4 upheld the rejection of the appeal of a man seeking annulment of a court order that had committed him as a sexually violent person, ruling that allegations he did not have the mental capacity to understand the proceedings against him were groundless.

District court reopens Continental Tires the Americas discrimination case

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 31, 2017

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has reopened an ongoing discrimination suit where a former Continental Tires the Americas employee alleges that she was routinely subjected to a hostile work environment and rising levels of emotional distress.

Liberty Power Holdings accused of making unlawful telemarketing calls

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 3, 2017

BENTON – A consumer claims a retail electricity company has contacted him with unwanted telemarketing calls in a proposed class action.

Appellate court upholds St. Clair County ruling terminating East St. Louis father's parental rights

By Pam Wright | Jul 11, 2017

MT. VERNON — The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld a lower court's ruling terminating the parental rights of an East St. Louis man.

Appeals court upholds ruling taking custody of two kids from East St. Louis mother

By Denise Royal | Jun 30, 2017

MT. VERNON — An Illinois mother will not regain primary physical custody of two of her children after an appeals court upheld a decision to not return them to her. The court ruled that the mother of five, who has a history of mental illness and violent outbursts, failed to make enough progress to regain custody of her 10-year-old and her 3-year-old.

District Court throws out sexual harassment case from nurse against employer Wexford

By Sara McCleary | Jun 2, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois has granted summary judgment in favor of defendants Wexford Health Sources and a supervisor in a sexual harassment case.

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