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Center Ethanol alleges Afton Chemical explosion caused power outage, equipment damage

Lhalie Castillo Nov. 1, 2017, 4:16pm

BELLEVILLE – A Sauget company and its insurer are seeking damages after an explosion at a neighboring facility allegedly caused $1 million in damages.

Son alleges asbestos exposure contributed to father's death

Lhalie Castillo Oct. 17, 2017, 7:21am

BELLEVILLE – A son alleges that his father's death from cancer was contributed to by asbestos exposure.

Buffalo Air Handling, others named in suit by man who alleges asbestos exposure caused cancer

Lhalie Castillo Sep. 28, 2017, 7:43am

BELLEVILLE – A couple is seeking damages from several corporations after the husband was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Former John Deere employee alleges asbestos exposure caused cancer

Lhalie Castillo Sep. 25, 2017, 7:05am

BELLEVILLE – A former John Deere employee alleges exposure to asbestos from third parties caused him to develop lung cancer.

Woman seeks more than $50,000 from Alfa Laval, others for man's lung cancer death

Lhalie Castillo Sep. 19, 2017, 9:05am

BELLEVILLE – A woman alleges her decedent's lung cancer-related death was caused by exposure to asbestos.

Widow names Alfa Laval, Aurora Pump in asbestos suit

Philip Gonzales Aug. 28, 2017, 3:39pm

BELLEVILLE – A widow alleges the negligence of several companies that used asbestos in the products contributed to her husband's death.

Railroad employee alleges back injuries from decades of work

Angelica Saylo Pilo Aug. 11, 2017, 7:34am

EAST ST. LOUIS – A signalman alleges decades of work with a railway company has injured his back and rendered him disabled.

Tillery suit against economists highlights relationships between lawyers and judges in major litigation

The Madison County Record Jun. 13, 2017, 12:39pm

BENTON – Former U.S. district judge Patrick Murphy, who represents lawyer Stephen Tillery as plaintiff in the court of Senior U.S. District Judge Phil Gilbert, successfully defended Gilbert against an ethics complaint last year.

Justice reform groups continue push for venue, jurisdiction bills in Missouri Legislature

Taryn Phaneuf Mar. 15, 2017, 9:43am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling regarding jurisdiction that looks like a win for the business community doesn’t negate the need for legislation reforming the way the state’s courts settle venue and joinder matters, civil justice reform advocates say.

The idea of limited government takes time (like 561 years) to sink in

The Madison County Record Nov. 15, 2016, 9:20am

It took 561 years (from the Magna Carta to the Declaration of Independence) for the idea of limited government and political equality to infuse itself into Anglo-American culture. By 1776, enough people believed in the possibility, that they were willing to fight for it and organize a government based on it after a battlefield victory.

O'Fallon, Troy registered voter signatures sought for property tax freeze petition

Karen Kidd Jul. 21, 2016, 10:09am

A group interested in saving taxpayers money is looking for at least 1,250 registered voters in O’Fallon and Troy willing to sign a petition supporting property tax freeze, a spokesman for the group said during a recent interview.

Illinoisans deserve opt-out of ComEd's dangerous smart meters

The Madison County Record Apr. 1, 2016, 1:04pm

Illinois is in the midst of an avoidable, man-made health crisis. What happens when the state faces Flint’s horrible position concerning water, but with electricity? ComEd’s smart meter deployment is creating just such a tragic situation. It is up to the residents to take action, push legislators and the Illinois Commerce Commission for a permanent opt-out, and protect the children in Illinois as well as all living beings in the state.

Americans for Prosperity continues campaign against property tax hike in Cahokia annexation referendum

Taryn Phaneuf Mar. 14, 2016, 3:19pm

Believing that new taxes won’t solve local government problems in Illinois, the state’s chapter of Americans For Prosperity continues its outreach to voters, urging them to oppose tax increase referenda in Tuesday’s elections.

Lawyers in Hale v. State Farm reduce status of key investigator; Sides attack each others' experts

The Madison County Record Jan. 13, 2016, 8:58am

Investigator Doug Wojcieszak, whose reports form the basis of corruption claims against Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, might not take the stand at trial on that subject. Lawyers who paid him for evidence that State Farm secretly financed Karmeier’s campaign in 2004 have abruptly reduced his status to potential witness.

Price v. Philip Morris: What could possibly happen next?

The Madison County Record Jan. 12, 2016, 3:42pm

SPRINGFIELD – Last time the Illinois Supreme Court rejected Stephen Tillery’s $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris, 10 years ago, he petitioned the U.S.

ATRA: Madison County #5 'Judicial Hellhole' in country; Report cites asbestos 'rocket docket' and billion dollar tobacco case

Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Dec. 17, 2015, 11:12am

Madison County was once again named to the American Tort Reform Association’s “Top Five Judicial Hellholes” in the country - thanks in large part to what the group calls an asbestos “rocket docket.”

Philip Morris rejects Caperton comparison to Price; Defense responds to Tillery in $10.1 billion tobacco case

The Madison County Record Dec. 16, 2015, 7:05am

SPRINGFIELD – Lawyers who claim a U.S. Supreme Court decision disqualifies Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier from a case involving Philip Morris miss their mark, according to Philip Morris.