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Judge approves $250 million State Farm settlement; Says plaintiffs likely would not have prevailed at trial

By Record News | Dec 14, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon, who designated Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier as a hostile witness for a trial accusing him of corruption, now admits jurors might have trusted him.

Gilbert denies reconsideration in Cook firm's personal injury case

By Record News | Sep 3, 2018

BENTON – Senior U.S. District Judge Phil Gilbert, cranky when he rejected an injury suit from a client of Bruce Cook’s firm in June, tersely denied reconsideration.

Former Merrill Lynch financial adviser alleges she was not given share of profits

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jul 5, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A financial adviser alleges her former employer made fraudulent misrepresentations regarding compensation and benefits.

Clifford will treat Chief Justice Karmeier as hostile witness in upcoming Hale v. State Farm trial

By Record News | Jun 26, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Attorney Robert Clifford of Chicago plans to call Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier as a hostile witness in a civil racketeering trial against State Farm in September.

Herndon grants plaintiffs’ move to put Hale discovery in public domain; State Farm calls it a media ploy to manufacture stories

By Record News | Jun 11, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Discovery documents in a $10 billion suit against State Farm belong in the public record, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ruled on June 11.

Deposition in Cook case: ‘Don’t tell me what to do;’ 'Don’t talk to me in that tone of voice’

By Record News | May 1, 2018

BENTON – “I am an unpleasant old man,” attorney Bruce N. Cook of Belleville said at a deposition on April 12 after calling the witness’s lawyer a “cheat,” and a day after he sparred with another deponent in the same case, calling him a “hot shot.”

American Family Insurance accused of not settling underinsured motorist claim

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Apr 24, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A driver and passenger claim an insurance company failed to approve an underinsured-motorist claim after they were injured in a car crash.

Hale v. State Farm trial postponed four months until after Labor Day

By Record News | Apr 3, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon postponed for four months a jury trial on a $9 billion claim against State Farm.

Plaintiffs in Hale v State Farm claim Karmeier-provided timeline will prove case; Trial set to start May 7

By Record News | Mar 20, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm tainted the Illinois Supreme Court through Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier say that a timeline he gave to a news reporter in 2015 revealed corruption.

Cook wants Gilbert to reverse Daly in insult-laden brief; Seeks more discovery in car crusher’s injury suit

By Record News | Mar 13, 2018

BENTON – Bruce N. Cook of Belleville claims an adversary fooled a judge and lawyers including his own, but he insists the adversary didn’t fool him.

Man alleges light fixture at East St. Louis Subway restaurant fell on him

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 17, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A Cahokia man alleges he was injured in a restaurant by a falling light fixture.

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.

Woman allegedly fell at O'Fallon Texas Roadhouse

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 16, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A St. Clair County woman alleges she was caused to fall at an O'Fallon restaurant because of landscaping stones.

Product liability case sets stage for angry exchange between Cook and opposing counsel

By Record News | Sep 20, 2017

BENTON – Belleville law firm leader Bruce N. Cook called opposing counsel a “cheating self important prig” by electronic mail, and later told him almost everything he does or says is deceitful.

Federal court judge sends injury case to Kentucky federal court

By Angela Underwood | Aug 17, 2017

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel both granted and denied in part a motion to dismiss defendant Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) motion in an Aug. 7 ruling claiming lack of personal jurisdiction.

Remand of Home Depot class action upheld by Seventh Circuit; Madison Co. case originated in small claims

By Record News | Jan 10, 2017

Chief Judge Diane Wood wrote that Home Depot "fears that doing so (remand) would reward gamesmanship, because lawyers would be able to use small claims litigation as springboards for counterclaim class actions that would be stuck in state court.  

Mathis, Marifian and Richter awards three scholarships to aspiring lawyers

By Carrie Salls | Aug 23, 2016

The Belleville firm Mathis, Marifian and Richter has awarded three $1,000 scholarships to Illinois high school seniors with law school aspirations.

Madison County asbestos jury docket May 16-20

By Carrie Gonzalez | May 9, 2016

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.

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