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Third Judicial Circuit judge awarded National Judicial College scholarship

By Dawn Geske | May 16, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County Associate Judge Maureen Schuette has been awarded a scholarship to the National Judicial College for 2018.

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Self-driving cars, thinking machines will test limits of tort law

By Daniel Fisher | Apr 20, 2018

SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Self-driving cars, machines that teach themselves how to operate and home digital assistants that can enter into legally binding contracts are all either on the market now or soon will be. So the next question is: Whom do you sue when they run amok?

Motorist seeks damages from Safeco Insurance, driver after Madison County collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Oct 19, 2017

EDWARDSVILLE – A Madison County man alleges that he was injured in a collision in the county when his vehicle was struck by an uninsured motorist.

'Zestimates' are not appraisals

By The Madison County Record | May 30, 2017

You're taking a stroll on a nice spring day and someone stops you and says,“Excuse me, sir, I was just wondering. You see that house over there, across the street? Just out of curiosity, what do you think a house like that would go for?”

Credit reporting agencies violated FCRA in reporting old debt, consumer claims

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Mar 31, 2017

EAST ST. LOUIS — An Illinois consumer is suing Equifax Information Services LLC, Experian Information Solutions Inc. and TransUnion LLC, claiming the credit reporting agencies failed to observe her bankruptcy and reported on discharged debt.

Beelman Truck Co. alleges Geico shipped vehicle to Africa despite three pending lawsuits

By Michael Abella | Oct 21, 2016

BELLEVILLE — An East St. Louis trucking company has filed suit against an insurance company for alleged negligence and spoilage of evidence.

lllinois funnels training to big donor union; Mandatory state-funded sessions include time for union pitch

By Mark Fitton | Nov 21, 2014

HarrisCARBONDALE -- While a suburban Chicago woman's successful lawsuit against Illinois means home care workers who receive government stipends do not have to join a union, many still must attend training presented by the union.And those mandatory sessions -- which the state funds -- devote a half-hour for the union to pitch itself and distribute membership sign-up cards.Critics say the contractual

Supreme Court strikes down so-called Amazon tax law; Karmeier dissents

By Bethany Krajelis | Oct 18, 2013

Karmeier BurkeA 2011 state law that imposed a tax on out-of-state Internet retailers is unconstitutional, the Illinois Supreme Court held today.In a 6-1 decision, the high court affirmed a lower court ruling that struck down the so-called “Amazon tax law” because it failed to meet the substantial nexus requirement for state taxes under the Commerce Clause and was preempted by a federal law prohibiting

Collinsville attorney conjures up mystery in Cahokia Mounds youth novel

By Amelia Flood | Mar 25, 2010

Levy A green dragon with a fondness for literature and an Elijah Lovejoy pipe waited years before Collinsville attorney Mark Levy brought him to life on paper.

Stranger than science fiction

By The Madison County Record | May 18, 2008

Some lawyers use case law to argue a motion in court. Amanda Verett reads sci-fi novels.

U.S. Supreme Court denies AGs' petition on tobacco

By Steve Korris | Oct 11, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Supreme Court has delivered a monumental blow to the biggest tobacco deal in the land.

Justices to reconference on tobacco Oct. 6

By Steve Korris | Oct 5, 2006

WASHINGTON, D. C. – After wrestling with a monumental decision over tobacco laws for a week, Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court decided to keep wrestling.

U.S. Supreme Court mulls antitrust tobacco trial

By Steve Korris | Sep 28, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – All last week U.S. Supreme Court Justices pondered a possible antitrust trial against 31 states with matching tobacco laws.

Injured deserve day in court

By The Madison County Record | Jan 16, 2005

I am an insurance defense attorney, in practice as an attorney for 10

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