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Man claims Riley Power, others should have known about asbestos' effects on human health

By Lhalie Castillo | May 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A former mechanic claims he developed mesothelioma and that it is an asbestos-induced disease.

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

By Daniel Fisher | May 2, 2018

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.

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SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

By Karen Kidd | Mar 19, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

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Opioid judge orders companies to pay bulk of special master costs because they have 'greater discretionary funding'

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 14, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing hundreds of lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors has ordered defendant companies to pay three-quarters of the costs of special masters who are overseeing settlement negotiations.

Onder firm files talc suit against J&J, others in St. Clair County

By Lhalie Castillo | Jan 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A widower of a St. Clair County woman alleges she was exposed to asbestos through talc and talc-based body products.

Alfa Laval Inc., others named in widow's asbestos suit

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 26, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – A widow is seeking damages over allegations her late husband's lung cancer death was caused by asbestos exposure.

Widow alleges husband's lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure from BWDAC Inc., others' products

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 21, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure.

Widow of steel worker alleges asbestos exposure caused his lung cancer, death

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 7, 2017

BELLEVILLE – The widow of a man who died earlier this year after being diagnosed with lung cancer alleges asbestos exposure caused the cancer.

Crowded field of AG candidates place differing emphasis on priorities for state's top law office

By John Breslin | Nov 14, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan's sudden announcement earlier this year that she will not seek another term has led to an avalanche of candidates announcing intentions to run, at least on the Democratic side.

Woman sues Depakote manufacturers

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 13, 2017

BENTON — An Ohio woman is suing biopharmaceutical companies for allegedly failing to warn her of the dangers of taking Depakote. 

Wrong forum, take a hike!

By The Madison County Record | Oct 18, 2017

“What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Everyone knows, and quotes, that popular modification of the original Sin City slogan from the early 2000s (“What happens here, stays here”).

Depakote plaintiffs in mass litigation must abandon claims or take them to trial, Rosenstengel rules

By Record News | Oct 17, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS – Five plaintiffs suing Abbott Laboratories over birth defects must take Abbott to trial or abandon their claims, U.S. District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel ruled on Oct. 10.

Missouri court of appeals knocks out $72 million talcum powder verdict against J&J

By Ann Maher | Oct 17, 2017

ST. LOUIS - A $72 million talcum powder verdict leveled against Johnson & Johnson last year has been vacated by a state appeals court.

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co., others accused of using asbestos in products

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 16, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A former laborer and farm hand alleges exposure to asbestos caused him to be diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

Herndon grants dismissal in Xarelto suit for lack of personal jurisdiction

By Olivia Olsen | Oct 10, 2017

Herndon grants dismissal in Xarelto suit for lack of personal jurisdiction

A.W. Chesterton Inc., others named in asbestos injury suit

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 5, 2017

BELLEVILLE – A man alleges that his exposure to products containing asbestos during his career caused him to develop lung cancer.

Johnson & Johnson's adversaries may have to take a powder

By The Madison County Record | Jun 30, 2017

Having no scientific basis for their claims may not stop some venue-shopping, payday-seeking plaintiff lawyers, but recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding the right place to bring a lawsuit could stop the trolling.

Work comp study shows Illinois has among highest per-claim average; High in med payments and litigation, too

By Michael McGrady | Jun 19, 2017

Despite a decrease of 6.4 percent in the costs for workers' compensations claims since 2010, Illinois still has one of the higher cost-per-claim averages compared to the other states, according to recent analysis.

District judge issues final pretrial order in Depakote drug case

By Mike Helenthal | May 31, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — A federal judge on May 9 issued a final pretrial order for a case challenging the safety of the drug Depakote, an antiepileptic drug used to treat bipolar disorder and seizures, ordering both sides to submit jury instructions for an expected trial.

Rosenstengel picks Stack as special master in Depakote litigation

By Nicholas Gueguen | Apr 27, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel has appointed former Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel J. Stack to serve as Special Master in Depakote litigation against Abbott Laboratories.

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