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Opioid lawsuits should proceed, magistrate tells MDL judge

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 9, 2018

A magistrate judge recommended that a bellwether trial against the opioid industry proceed, rejecting nearly all the arguments presented by manufacturers, distributors and retailers in their motions to dismiss hundreds of lawsuits accusing them of causing a national crisis.

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Opioid lawyers say settlement may hinge on forcing plaintiffs into class action

By Dan Fisher | Sep 28, 2018

A settlement binding all potential plaintiffs may be the only practical way of ending nearly 2,000 lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of addictive opioid painkillers, said plaintiff lawyers attending a conference on opioid litigation this week.

Suit alleges manufacturers never warned about asbestos dangers

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 27, 2018

Nearly two dozen manufacturing companies face a lawsuit from a man claiming asbestos caused his cancer.

Manufacturers did not warn about asbestos dangers, widow says

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 7, 2018

Several manufacturing companies face a lawsuit from a widow who alleges her husband was negligently exposed to asbestos.

Gibbons ordered to pay $2,500 FOIA penalty involving 2013 fatal crash

By John Breslin | Sep 7, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE –– Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons was ordered to pay a $2,500 civil penalty for failing to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request filed by a man convicted in a fatal crash who alleges his plea deal was broken.

Woman alleges lung cancer from secondary exposure to asbestos

By Lhalie Castillo | Aug 2, 2018

Several manufacturers face a lawsuit brought by a couple claiming exposure to asbestos.

Former machinist blames Union Pacific Railroad for lung cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 26, 2018

A former machinist is suing Union Pacific Railroad and other asbestos-related companies, saying their negligence led to his lung cancer.

Advertising agency owner alleges insurer failed to make payments following flood

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Jun 12, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — An advertising agency owner is suing an insurer for allegedly failing to make payments after his business was damaged due to a flood.

Couple alleges husband's lung cancer caused by asbestos exposure

By Lhalie Castillo | May 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing a number of companies, alleging they failed to warn of the risks of being exposed to asbestos.

Suit filed in St. Clair County says man responsible for medical bills after cancer diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | May 15, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A couple claims the husband incurred medical expenses after being diagnosed with cancer.

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Fair Maps Amendment not called for vote, deadline passes to place it on November 2018 ballot

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 7, 2018

Illinois voters will not get a chance to weigh in on the question of whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and other legislative leaders in the Democratic-controlled Illinois General Assembly should continue to hold the keys to drawing the state's legislative district maps, after the leaders of the state House and Senate refused to call a vote for a constitutional amendment designed to curtail their influence over the process.

Husband and wife sue AK Steel, others after husband's cancer diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | May 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A couple has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from a number of companies after the husband was diagnosed with cancer.

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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.

CBS, GE, others failed to warn of asbestos risks, suit alleges

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A man is suing 10 companies, claiming they did not warn about the risks of working around asbestos.

Widow seeks over $50,000 in asbestos suit again AK Steel, others

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A lawsuit filed by a widow claims a number of companies failed to explain the risks of working with products containing asbestos.

Couple names Crane, others in asbestos suit after husband's cancer diagnosis

By Lhalie Castillo | Apr 10, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A couple is suing a number of companies claiming the husband's cancer is related to asbestos exposure.

Fifth Third Bank claims Madison County residents defaulted on loan

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Mar 22, 2018

A bank is suing Madison County residents, citing alleged breach of contract.

CBS Corp., GE, others accused of using asbestos in products

By Lhalie Castillo | Mar 16, 2018

A special administrator is suing asbestos products manufacturers, citing alleged failure to warn and negligence.

Man names Albany International Corp., others in suit over alleged asbestos injuries

By Lhalie Castillo | Mar 2, 2018

BELLEVILLE – An iron worker alleges he developed lung cancer because of asbestos exposure during his career.

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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.

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