In the final weeks before southern Illinois' watershed Supreme Court race, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) executive director Steve Schoeffel is reminding message-laden voters about the impact of lawsuit abuse.
Asbestos attorney Mike Bilbrey seen here with his wife, Linda, also owns an exotic animal farm/bed and breakfast in Edwardsville. Mike Bilbrey, an experienced Madison County plaintiff's lawyer, filed a class action complaint against Merck Tuesday on behalf of his mother, Patricia Bilbrey of Madison County.
Judge Daniel J. Stack took over Madison County's giant asbestos docket on September 8, 2004. In his first forum ruling as chief of the nation's largest asbestos case docket, Judge Daniel J. Stack argued the "astronomical burden" of looming trials demanded he dismiss cases that were not connected directly to Madison County.
When pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. removed its arthritis pain medication Vioxx from the market last week for safety reasons, it didn't take long for plaintiff attorneys and their clients to rapidly respond.
Kevin Conway, president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association As Illinois courts face an increasing caseload burden, will state lawmakers follow federal government's attempts to crackdown on frivolous lawsuits by passing legislation to curtail such behavior?