News from December 2004

Kansas man's asbestos trial set Dec. 6

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 1, 2004

Franklin Klaber, a Kansas laborer and truck driver suffering from mesothelioma, will have his case against more than 100 defendants heard at trial Dec. 6 in Madison County Circuit Court.

Bilbrey's Vioxx action moved to federal court

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 1, 2004

Madison County's first class action suit against Merck & Co.'s Vioxx, filed by the mother of Edwardsville personal injury attorney Mike Bilbrey, was removed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Peer reviews affirm Maddox's career

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 2, 2004

Madison County Associate Judge Lola Maddox, the county's first woman judge, retired Nov. 30. A number of her peers and officials attended a retirement ceremony in her honor and paid tribute to Maddox's long public service.

After fire, late paying property owner sues insurer

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 2, 2004

A property owner who customarily paid her insurance premiums late, is suing the insurer because it denied payment of a fire claim.

Justice-elect Karmeier to be sworn in

By Ann Knef | Dec 2, 2004

Justice-elect Lloyd A. Karmeier Retiring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Philip J. Rarick will administer the oath of office to justice-elect Lloyd A. Karmeier, when he is sworn into the state's high court during a ceremony at the Supreme Court Building in Springfield Dec. 6.

More tests, less acumen reshaping medicine

By Ann Knef | Dec 2, 2004

Unnecessary tests, redundant consultations, the dispensing of prescription drugs in American medicine.

Supreme Court ruling may have local impact

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 3, 2004

A decision that is sure to be referenced soon in defense arguments is one that the United States Supreme Court ruled on Nov. 30, Koons Buick Pontiac GMC v. Bradley Nigh.

Musical Benches!

By The Madison County Record | Dec 4, 2004

In his perfect world, Madison County Circuit Court Judge Philip Kardis would be scoping out lunch spots and rubbing Appellate Court elbows in Illinois' 'King City', Mt. Vernon.

Lawsuits targeting healthcare system hit patients hardest

By David Knowles | Dec 5, 2004

You can’t open your local newspaper these days without being bombarded with advertising from personal injury lawyers looking to cash in with lawsuits against the makers of Vioxx. These lawsuits are an unfortunate reminder of the giant target painted on our healthcare system.

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