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SCHIFF HARDIN LLP: Emerging Lawyers Lists 14 Schiff Attorneys in Illinois

By Press release submission | Feb 5, 2019

Fourteen Schiff Hardin attorneys have been named to the 2019 Emerging Lawyers Network.

From Legal Newsline

Ahead of talc test, NYC judge gives good news to asbestos defendants

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 1, 2019

The January 31 decision could have especially strong implications for lawsuits over talcum powder

From Cook County Record

IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.

JIB convenes next month in Duebbert case; Four other St. Clair Co. judges have faced discipline

By Record News | Jan 23, 2019

CHICAGO – St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert will face a commission with the power to reprimand, censure, suspend, or remove him on Feb. 27.

Getting greyer, going nowhere?

By The Madison County Record | Jan 17, 2019

U.S. District Judge David Herndon managed the Just for Men mass action with mediation for more than two years without a settlement being reached on roughly 500 claims, a pointless exercise.

Former machine operator sues companies that used asbestos fibers

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jan 15, 2019

A former machine operator is suing CBS Corporation, et al., asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged negligence.

From Legal Newsline

Trump DOJ acts on threat to trial lawyers who sue on behalf of the government

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 11, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The Department of Justice's recent effort to toss lawsuits it says it wasted hundreds of hours investigating is emblematic of a strategy under President Donald Trump to rein in trial lawyers who are using a federal whistleblower law to seek millions of dollars.

Wigginton faces another DUI charge; Former U.S. Attorney arrested Dec. 31 in Edwardsville

By Ann Maher | Jan 9, 2019

Former U.S. Attorney Stephen Wigginton will appear before a Madison County judge next month to face another driving under the influence charge.

After two years and two mediators, Just for Men class action fails to settle

By Record News | Jan 8, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon managed a mass action over hair dye with mediation for more than two years and has retired without a settlement.

Alma man alleges leukemia from toxic exposure

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 31, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — An Alma couple is suing numerous companies, alleging their products contained volatile organic compounds, or VOC.

One of 11 ‘false claims’ suits DOJ wants dismissed filed in SDIL by former Lakin partner

By Record News | Dec 28, 2018

BENTON – Six men who formed corporations to sue drug companies on behalf of the government wasted the government’s time, according to the government.

Couple alleges companies that used asbestos product failure to warn of disease risk

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 27, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A husband and wife are suing Borg-Warner and dozens of other businesses that used asbestos products, alleging failure to warn and negligence.

Widow alleges companies that used asbestos products caused husband's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 20, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A widow is suing dozens of companies that used asbestos products, alleging failure to warn and negligence in the death of her husband.

Daughter blames users of asbestos products for mother's death

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 20, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A daughter is suing Borg-Warner Morse, TEC and dozens of companies that use asbestos products, alleging failure to warn and negligence in the death of the plaintiff's mother.

From SE Texas Record

DOJ: A company created to file lawsuits has wasted 1,500 hours of the government's time

By David Yates | Dec 20, 2018

TEXARKANA – The U.S. Department of Justice is asking federal judges around the country to dismiss lawsuits it says are brought by shell companies that misrepresent their true purposes - filing meritless litigation against health care companies.

Former worker with lung cancer sues asbestos products manufacturers

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 7, 2018

A former worker is suing CBS Corporation, et al, asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged failure to warn as well as negligence.

From Legal Newsline

Study undermines key theory behind talc asbestos lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiff experts who testify that even extremely low levels of asbestos exposure can cause cancer may be in trouble after a study of some 2 million women found no difference between urban and rural residents in the rate of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the chest lining that is normally associated with asbestos.

From Pennsylvania Record

Pennsylvania opioid litigation in chaos as plaintiff lawyers fight over control

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 26, 2018

MEDIA – Opioid litigation in Pennsylvania appears to be in chaos as a prominent law firm has withdrawn from a leadership position on the plaintiff side and unions and the county surrounding the city of Allentown fight efforts to consolidate all lawsuits in a single court.

Photographer accuses media holding company of copyright infringement

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 21, 2018

BENTON — A photographer is suing a media holding company for allegedly displaying a copyrighted photo from a crime scene.

From Cook County Record

IL Supreme Court questions whether mom must prove 'harm' to sue over teen's Six Flags fingerprint scan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 20, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court justices appeared to take a dim view of assertions by a lawyer for Six Flags that a mother can't sue the theme park operator after the company required him to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass, even though she had not provided consent.

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