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

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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

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

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.

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

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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

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

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

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

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

Liberty Power Holdings accused of making unlawful telemarketing calls

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

Delivery driver files class action against Domino's Pizza for vehicle expense compensation

EAST ST. LOUIS — A Domino's Pizza delivery driver has filed a class action lawsuit against MBR Management Corporation for alleged violation of employment law.

Beelman Truck Co. alleges Geico shipped vehicle to Africa despite three pending lawsuits

BELLEVILLE — An East St. Louis trucking company has filed suit against an insurance company for alleged negligence and spoilage of evidence.

Madison County asbestos jury docket May 16-20

More than 80 asbestos lawsuits are scheduled for trial in Madison County during the week beginning May 16. The cases were filed between 2013 and 2015.

Insurance dispute involving fatal '04 fire at Teresa's Inn in Wood River returns to Fifth District

SPRINGFIELD – Fifth District appellate judges answered every question in an insurance dispute except the question Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth asked, according to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Terminal Railroad removes former employee's age discrimination suit

A railroad company removed a former employee’s lawsuit alleging age discrimination to federal court.

Renewable energy advocates continue push for Clean Jobs Bill; Big provider wants low-emission nuclear in discussion

The Illinois Citizens Utility Board says the Clean Jobs Bill will save utility customers at least $1 billion by 2030, and would translates into a minimum savings of $8 to $9 a month for each customer. Those claims, however, are vigorously disputed by various policy analysts.

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