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Judge in massive opioid case watching plaintiff lawyer spending, orders them to fly coach

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry ordered plaintiffs’ attorneys to keep monthly records of the time they spend on their cases down to a tenth of an hour and imposed strict rules on who can collect fees, in an effort to prevent the excesses that have drawn criticism in other class actions and mass tort cases.

Non-commercial drivers sue employers for unpaid wages

EAST ST. LOUIS — Non-commercial drivers filed a class-action lawsuit against their employers for allegedly refusing to pay the required minimum wages and overtime compensations.

Bank claims Edwardsville homeowner defaulted on promissory note

EDWARDSVILLE — A bank is suing an individual, citing alleged breach of contract.

Plaintiffs granted leave to re-join Madison County in bid rigging suit; January trial vacated

Fayette County Associate Judge J. Marc Kelly granted a class of property owners’ request to amend their complaint to add Madison County as a defendant in a suit alleging several tax buyers participated in a bid rigging scheme with former Treasurer Fred Bathon.

VAC chief claims former county administrator destroyed computer drive to hide evidence

EAST ST. LOUIS – Former Madison County administrator Joseph Parente destroyed the operating system of his computer in order to hide evidence in a civil suit, county veteran assistance superintendent Brad Lavite alleged on Aug. 16.

Foley trial continued to October

Madison County Circuit Judge Kyle Napp has continued today's trial setting for Matthew J. Foley, 37, of Edwardsville, who is accused of attacking Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler at a fundraiser in Madison in March.

Wigginton enters guilty plea in DUI case

Former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and has surrendered his driver's, according to Madison County court documents filed in July.

Wife of former Edwardsville asbestos attorney unloads 'white guilt' at DePauw reunion

The wife of an Edwardsville attorney who built tremendous wealth from the Madison County asbestos docket recently addressed a 25th class reunion at DePauw University as a frustrated “white person” with feelings of guilt for not having lived a more “inclusive” life.

CSX engineer claims driver for transportation service slammed door on his head

BELLEVILLE — A locomotive engineer claims a driver hired to transport employees injured him by shutting a door on his head.

District court sets aside default judgment against GRC, orders case against golf cart manufacturer to proceed

A federal court ruling yielded mixed results for Makanda, Illinois golf cart company B&B Golf Carts. The company is suing shuttered GRC Golf Products, after placing numerous orders for various types of golf carts from GRC during 2016. All told, B&B alleges GRC is in arrears for nearly $109,000 for golf carts and replacement tires and wheels.

Greensfelder firm in St. Louis joined by attorneys Herman and Wolkiewicz

ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis law firm Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C.