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Court upholds first-degree murder sentence in house fire case that killed 4 children

MOUNT VERNON – The 5th District Appellate Court of Illinois has upheld a first-degree murder sentence and conviction for a Cutler man relating to a house fire he intentionally set in 2013.

Cook County judge to determine what to do with Patton votes

CHICAGO – Republican voters in the 56th Senate district can mark their ballots for Hal Patton in the March 20 primary, but those ballots won’t do him any good.

Appellate court reverses decision on post-conviction relief because of failure to attach documentation

MOUNT VERNON – An appeals court has reversed a decision denying a man's amended petition for post-conviction relief on the grounds his counsel

5th District court reverses ruling finding parents were unfit, but they still don't get custody

MOUNT VERNON – The 5th District Appellate Court has vacated an order that found the biological parents of a 6-year-old girl unfit, but upheld the parenting order that granted an unrelated woman sole decision-making responsibility.

Illinois Prevailing Wage Act does not apply to state's high-speed rail project, court rules

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granted summary judgment to Professional Transportation Inc. (PTI) in an Illinois Prevailing Wage Act (IPWA) case filed by a former employee.

Staples and politics in Madison County: Ballot access survivor will be tested in primary

Election laws sometimes can produce unfair results even when all that a civic minded citizen wants to do is fulfill a noble purpose - public service. A lawyer familiar with ballot access case law sees it this way: "They are the rules that we all live with, and the rules are the rules."

Man sues over Granite City crash

EDWARDSVILLE – A driver is seeking more than $50,000 in damages over alleged injuries from a collision in Granite City.

N.Y. opioid litigation won't be stayed; Lawyers seeking 1,000 more county-plaintiffs

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York judge has refused to stay lawsuits by a number of New York counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors, rejecting arguments that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet determined whether narcotic painkillers are unnecessarily dangerous - a central question in any litigation.

Alaskan man convicted on conspiracy charges sues individuals over money collected for legal defense

EAST ST. LOUIS – An Alaskan man previously convicted on federal murder conspiracy charges alleges several individuals used money raised for his legal defense to unjustly enrich themselves.

Motorist allegedly failed to yield, causing St. Clair County crash

BELLEVILLE – A St. Clair County motorist and passenger allege another driver failed to yield and collided with the front of their vehicle.

Meridian High School student sues over alleged sexual assault, bullying

EAST ST. LOUIS – A mother and her minor child are suing Meridian Community Unit School District 101 and others over allegations the district let an adult on school premises who engaged in sexual contact with the minor.

Clear choice for Illinois Governor is Ives

Rauner has millions of dollars to push big lies but his integrity can’t be found with a microscope.

Man alleges injuries from Swansea collision

BELLEVILLE – A man alleges another driver caused a collision in Swansea when she failed to obey a traffic sign.

Woman alleges door at Belleville Save-A-Lot caused injuries

BELLEVILLE – A shopper at a Belleville grocery store alleges she was injured when she was struck by a door.

Post-trial settlement reached following $3.75M verdict in medical malpractice suit

After a St. Clair County jury awarded a mother and her daughter $3.75 million following the third trial attempt in a medical malpractice suit alleging hypoxia and fetal depression during birth, the parties announced that they had reached a post-trial settlement.

St. Clair County circuit clerk opposes summary judgment, says duty to mail court orders does not exist

St. Clair County Circuit Clerk Kahalah Clay says a man has “morphed” her duty to provide a docket sheet into a duty to mail court orders in a suit alleging she failed to notify him that his suit against the City of Belleville had been dismissed.

Man seeks damages after motorist struck motorcycle in Columbia City

EAST ST. LOUIS – A man alleges a driver attempting to pass in a no-passing zone caused his vehicle to strike the plaintiff's motorcycle.

Gibbons responds to request for outside prosecutor: 'No conflict of interest exists'

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says no conflict exists between him and officials whose offices were raided in January, and that they are mistaken for asserting that he applied for search warrants that allowed for the raid to take place.

Couple files suit against USAA Casualty Insurance over uninsured motorist coverage

EDWARDSVILLE – A couple is seeking damages from their insurer for uninsured motorist benefits to compensate them for injuries sustained in an accident.

Madison County civil docket March 19-23

Madison County Circuit Judges Mudge, Crowder and Ruth have law cases scheduled on the civil docket for March 19-23.