News from October 2004

It's the economy, stupid

By The Madison County Record | Oct 1, 2004

The monthly jobs report wasn't kind to Madison County.

New Filings, Madison County Circuit Court Law Division, September 24th-September 30th

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 1, 2004

Sharon Ebers as next friend of Delores Paige v. Eden Village Retirement Center

Class Action: Steven Faulkner v. American Express

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 1, 2004

Faulkner claims he was illegally charged by AMEX while shopping overseas.

Metro Kirby Company, United States of America v. Christopher Hines, Illinois Farmers Insurance

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 4, 2004

Circuit Judge George Moran will hear all pending motions Thursday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. in Metro Kirby Company v. The Hines Agency, a class action case that was filed in February 2002.

I-LAW blitzkrieg reminds voters of lawsuit abuses

By Ann Knef | Oct 4, 2004

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.

Merck sued over Vioxx in Madison County Court

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 5, 2004

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.

Stack transfers asbestos case, says "cash cow" docket is not a "business"

By Jeff Gelber | Oct 5, 2004

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.

Work comp cases driving businesses out of Illinois

By Ann Knef | Oct 6, 2004

A panel of experts are coming together to discuss why jobs are leaving Illinois and what can be done about it.

More class action suits filed against Merck

By Ann Knef | Oct 6, 2004

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.

Can state lawmakers stop frivolous lawsuits?

By The Madison County Record | Oct 6, 2004

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?

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