News from 2005

The usual suspects

By John J. Hopkins | Jan 2, 2005

“Major Strasser’s been shot.... Round up the usual suspects."

Stop wasting our money and time

By The Madison County Record | Jan 2, 2005

East Alton plaintiff’s attorney Thomas Maag has apparently decided to drop a silly slander lawsuit he filed against Steve Tomaszewski, a former aide to newly-elected Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier.

President's visit to shine national light on Metro-East

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2005

It's no accident that U.S. President George W. Bush selected Collinsville, Ill. to make his case for legal reform--a priority domestic policy agenda item.

Broken nose at haunted house prompts suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2005

Instead of paying for a ghoulishly good time, Shauna Porter claims she got more than she bargained for.

Class action claims Sentry improperly reduces medpay

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2005

One of the last lawsuits filed in Madison County Circuit Court in 2004 came at the hands of chiropractor Daniel Jones D.C., owner of Bunker Hill Chiropractic Clinic. He filed a class action suit against Sentry Insurance Company Dec. 30, alleging it improperly reduces payouts under medical payment (medpay) coverage.

Lakin Law Firm files six new class actions before year's end

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 4, 2005

The Lakin Law Firm in Wood River On the last day to file in 2004, clerks in Madison County Circuit Court were kept busy by The Lakin Law Firm of Wood River.

Activist groups peddle messages before president's address

By Ann Knef | Jan 4, 2005

Anti- and pro-tort reform groups were actively peddling messages in anticipation of U.S. President George W. Bush's visit to the Metro-East Wednesday.

President Bush calls on Congress to pass tort reform

By Ann Knef | Jan 5, 2005

As expected, U.S. President George W. Bush used Madison County's Gateway Convention Center as a bully pulpit Wednesday afternoon, calling on Congress to take action on tort reform this year.

Download Civil Complaints filed in Madison County!

By The Madison County Record | Jan 5, 2005

Looking for complete copies of class action and major consumer fraud complaints filed in Madison County, Illinois?

First asbestos case of '05 filed in Madison County

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 5, 2005

Madison County Circuit Court's first asbestos case of 2005 was filed by Illinois resident Daisy Gardner, who claims she was diagnosed with mesothelioma on Aug. 10, 2004, after being exposed to asbestos products dating back to 1949.

Husband sues doctors for wife's mortal cancer

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 5, 2005

Seeking to recover at least $600,000 from doctors who failed to diagnose his wife's mortal cancer, Ronald Pruitt filed the first lawsuit of the new year (excluding asbestos) in Madison County Circuit Court.

President Bush: transcripts of tort reform address

By Carrie Gonzalez | Jan 5, 2005

U.S. President George W. Bush delivers tort reform address in Madison County. Thanks for coming out to say hello. It's great to be in southern Illinois. I appreciate the chance to come to Madison County. I'm honored to be the first sitting President to visit the city of Collinsville.

Federal judge remands Novastar case to Madison County

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 5, 2005

NovaStar Home Mortgage Inc. and NovaStar Financial Inc., national lenders which face class action suits across the country for allegedly violating the Securities Exchange Act, are also targets in Madison County Circuit Court.

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