News from December 2004

MCR's most frequently viewed articles on the Web

By Ann Knef | Dec 28, 2004

Fungus, chicken bones, heating pads and Vioxx. Whether a plaintiff has been damaged by products, accidents or circumstances, the Madison County Record reports case details--often dramatic narrative of disfiguring injuries, lost wages and mental anguish--to a worldwide audience. (

Pro bono legal work helps the less fortunate

By Steve Korris | Dec 28, 2004

When a poor woman could not prove her ownership of the Collinsville home she had shared with her late mother, Edwardsville attorney Paul Lauber cleared the title of the property for free.

Land of Lincoln's Metro-East 'hall of fame'

By Ann Knef | Dec 29, 2004

The following are Metro-East area attorneys who have accepted pro bono cases for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Services between 2000-2004:

Tops of 2004: Class action defense attorneys

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 29, 2004

The following class action defense attorneys represent clients named in Madison County suits filed in 2004:

Tops of 2004: Class action plaintiff attorneys

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 29, 2004

Stephen Tillery Which law firms filed the most class action lawsuits in Madison County during 2004?

Insurance companies sued in class action cases

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 29, 2004

Bethalto chiropractor Thomas L. Kaltenbronn, D.C. filed two class action lawsuits claiming that Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., Liberty Mutural Fire Insurance Co. and Old Republic Union Insurance Co. deceptively reduced payments to him and other licensed healthcare providers.

Tillery's firm sues big tobacco again

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 29, 2004

Represented by trial attorney giants Korein Tillery of Belleville and SimmonsCooper of East Alton, a Nashville, Ill. couple filed a 12-count lawsuit against R.J. Reynolds (RJR) and Huck's Convenience Store in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 28.

Thomas Maag moves to drop lawsuit

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 29, 2004

Madison County plaintiff's attorney Thomas Maag has moved to drop a civil lawsuit he filed last month against a former campaign staffer for Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

President to revisit Illinois: Madison County site of medical liability reform address

By Ann Knef | Dec 29, 2004

U.S. President George W. Bush addresses an Illinois State Medical Society gathering June 11, 2003, in Chicago. (Photo by Shawn J. O�Malley) A rare presidential visit to southern Illinois will take place in the epicenter of the nation's tort reform debate Jan. 5, when U.S. President George W. Bush is scheduled to appear at Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville to discuss medical liability reform.

Celebrex and Bextra named in new suits

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 29, 2004

When a recent report suggested that the drug Celebrex could cause heart problems, two things were certain: Pfizer's stock would fall and lawsuits would rise.

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