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Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

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AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

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

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.

Associate judge from Jefferson County appointed to preside over case involving Madison County office raids

Associate Judge Jerry E. Crisel of the Second Judicial Circuit has been assigned to preside over the Madison County case involving search warrants that prompted raids of several offices in the Administration Building by a public corruption task force.

Alton MultiSpecialists, pediatrician seek directed verdict on hearing loss claim during medical malpractice trial in Ruth’s court

One week into a Madison County medical malpractice trial, an Alton pediatrician and healthcare group seek a directed verdict arguing that the plaintiff failed to prove that his hearing loss was caused by the defendants’ negligent.

Widow alleges asbestos exposure from American Honda Motor Co., others' products caused man's lung cancer

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure while working at locations in Chicago and Northbrook.

IL appeals court upholds dismissal of class action challenging Chicago red light camera program law

Cook County Record

Saying state law designates Chicago’s red light and speed camera enforcement programs as something different from ordinary traffic laws, a state appeals court has again handed a defeat to a class action attempting to overthrow the city’s automated traffic citation program, which annually adds millions of dollars in fines from ticketed motorists to the city’s coffers.

Medical malpractice suit alleging delayed cancer diagnosis at trial in Ruth’s court

A medical malpractice suit is at trial in Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth’s courtroom alleging an Alton pediatrician failed to diagnose a patient’s malignant germ cell tumor despite a persistent fever and swelling.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Couple accuses Ameron International, others of negligence in asbestos suit

BELLEVILLE – A man formerly employed as a construction manager alleges his lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos while on the job.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Man alleges lung cancer was caused by asbestos exposure from Formosa Plastics Corp., others' products

BELLEVILLE – A man alleges that his lung cancer was wrongfully caused by asbestos exposure.

Turner Enterprises alleges it unknowingly purchased stolen construction equipment

BELLEVILLE – A St. Clair County business it was damaged when it purchased an excavator before knowing it had been stolen.

#MeToo movement long overdue

In his January 5 Argument in this paper, John Hopkins calls the #Me Too movement an organized witch hunt.

Widow weeks more than $50,000 from CBS Corp., others over husband's death

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

Daughter files suit against American Biltrite, others over father's cancer death

BELLEVILLE – A woman alleges her father's death from lung cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos during his career.

Widow files suit against Copes Vulcan Inc., others over husband's death

EDWARDSVILLE – A widow alleges her late husband's lung cancer death was caused by asbestos exposure during his career.

Government unions, your property tax bill and the power of giving

Balancing the scales at the bargaining table is an essential step in fixing the property tax problem.

Borg-Warner Morse TEC, others named in couple's asbestos injury suit

BELLEVILLE – A couple is seeking more than $50,000 in damages from multiple companies over allegations of injuries sustained by asbestos exposure.

Former laborer names Goulds Pumps Inc., others in asbestos injury suit

BELLEVILLE – A man employed at various companies in Ohio throughout this career alleges that exposure to asbestos caused him to develop cancer.

Widow files suit against The Budd Co., others after husband's alleged asbestos-related death

BELLEVILLE – A widow of a former brake man/machine operator at Illinois Central Gulf Railroad in Chicago alleges her late husband's exposure to products containing asbestos led to his death from cancer.