News from April 2005

Opportunity knocks

By The Madison County Record | Apr 10, 2005

Bilbrey If you catch your Metro East trial lawyer son rustling through your medicine cabinet this weekend don’t fret. He's only looking for Bextra.

Buske Lines named in contract scheme

By Ann Knef | Apr 11, 2005

A Granite City trucking and warehousing firm, Buske Lines, is accused of providing lavish gifts to a corporate executive in exchange for “rigged” trucking contracts, according to a civil lawsuit filed in Racine County Circuit Court, Wisc. last year.

Adoptive parents sue legal team, agency for $35M

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 11, 2005

Claiming they lost the society of their daughter during the four first critical weeks of her life, the adoptive parents of Janissa Rockstad are suing their former legal team and an adoption agency for $35 million claiming they botched the adoption and wrongfully accused them of abusing their infant.

Fraud alleged against home builder

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 12, 2005

117 Prairie Manor Drive in Edwardsville Edmund and Allison Hershberger filed suit against the builders of their Edwardsville home alleging the defendants, Ricky Pinkston and Tanya Cook-Pinkston, entered into a contract with the intent to deceive them.

Fight at EAWR leads to MC suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 12, 2005

East Alton-Wood River High School A fight at East Alton-Wood River High School last year prompted Gloria Jean Harris to file suit on behalf of her 17-year-old son, Michael Scott Harris, Jr., claiming he suffered a broken jaw and tooth. The suit was filed in Madison County Circuit Court April 8.

Touchette Hospital named in wheelchair incident

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 12, 2005

Touchette Hospital in Centerville A wheelchair-bound woman who incurred $1,000 in medical expenses after falling in a Touchette Hospital van, filed suit April 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court seeking more than $50,000.

Shopper seeks $100k for injuries and safe access to bargains

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 12, 2005

Shop N Save on Homer Adams Parkway in Alton A shopper who fell while reaching for a bargain has filed a $100,000 suit against Alton Shop N Save for injuries and because the store did not provide her with safe access to "on sale" items.

ICJL reports judicial reform groups are anti-business

By Ann Knef | Apr 12, 2005

ICJL president Ed Murnane A report by the Illinois Civil Justice League claims that state campaign finance reform groups veiled as independent critics are actually funded by “anti-business” special interest foundations.

Nursing home's neglect responsible for amputation, says daughter

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 13, 2005

Collinsville Care Center The daughter of a one-legged, 82-year-old man alleges Collinsville Care Center's negligent care was responsible for the amputation of her father's last leg.

State Rep. Hoffman files personal injury suit for client

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 13, 2005

Jay Hoffman Plaintiff's attorney and Illinois State Rep. Jay Hoffman (D-112) filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of his client Gurvir Grewal in St. Clair County Circuit Court April 6--a day in which the state legislature was in session.

Motorcyclist sues uninsured motorist and his insurance provider

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 13, 2005

Shawn Brewer of East St. Louis filed suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court April 4 against a woman who left the scene of an accident and his own insurance company.

Ford named in St. Clair County suit, while on trial in Madison

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 13, 2005

Ford 2000 E-350 While the Ford-tough legal team battles a fuel tank explosion trial in Madison County, another lawsuit against the auto giant has erupted in St. Clair County.

Wild bird attack leads to cognitive skill loss and lawsuit

By Steve Gonzalez | Apr 13, 2005

Following a wild bird attack at the Fairview Heights Lowe's Home Center, a Centerville woman filed suit April 12 in Madison County Circuit Court seeking damages for injuries which include loss of cognitive skills.

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