News from February 2005

Violators of information requests could get fined

By Ann Knef | Feb 1, 2005

State Rep. Paul Froehlich Public workers who stall or blow off Freedom of Information requests will no longer get off scot free under a proposed state law.

Housing authority and county sued by tenant

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 1, 2005

Jeffrey McQuaid, who lived in government-funded housing in East Alton, is suing those who provided his shelter for at least $200,000 claiming he was seriously injured upon slipping and falling on an ice patch.

Med mal issue takes center stage in Springfield

By Ann Knef | Feb 1, 2005

Whether the Democratic-controlled state legislature takes heed or not, medical liability reform proponents are prepared to go the distance this legislative session.

Q&A: Have you ever tried to get out of jury duty?

By Heather Anderson | Feb 1, 2005

Rich Norton A Madison County reporter recently asked folks on Main Street in Edwardsville: Have you ever tried to get out of jury duty?

Glucose monitors targeted in Madison County class action

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 1, 2005

Michael Miller of New Douglas and W.C. Cole of East St. Louis filed a class action lawsuit Feb. 1 in Madison County Circuit Court against the manufacturers of blood glucose monitors claiming a product defect poses a serious health risk.

Sons take stepmom and insurance company to court

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2005

Zachary, Elias and Jacob Friederich of St. Louis filed a lawsuit against Anne Bailey of Edwardsville alleging their step-mother deprived them access to their dying father and cut them out of his will.

Customer sues US Bank for greasy, moist film on ceramic tile

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2005

Brian Garrett of East Alton filed a lawsuit seeking at least $50,000 in damages against US Bank at Bethalto Airport for injuries he sustained in a fall in the bank's foyer.

Dancer sues for slippery floor

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2005

When Craig Keeney took his companion for a spin on the dance floor at the Hiway House in Godfrey, his next move was not smooth.

Fall from plastic chair prompts $50k suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2005

Vincent Andrzejewski filed suit Jan. 31 against Sandra LaMantia and the defunct restaurant and sporting venue, Inside Out 12, because he broke his arm after the plastic chair he was sitting on collapsed.

Appellate court affirms Cueto's venue ruling

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 2, 2005

A venue decision made by St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto was recently affirmed by the 5th District Court of Appeals after the appellate court was ordered by the Illinois Supreme Court to reconsider an interlocutory appeal.

Kardis' class action docket the largest in county

By Steve Korris | Feb 2, 2005

Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis Madison County Circuit Judge Phillip Kardis has dozens of motions pending to certify lawsuits as class actions, but he has set a hearing date on only one. If history repeats, that hearing probably will not happen.

Seven new asbestos cases filed in St. Clair County

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 3, 2005

Randy Gori Could St. Clair County be replacing Madison County as a magnet for asbestos lawsuits? Though the 20th Judicial Circuit does not have a so-called "asbestos docket," a well-known litigator filed seven cases there on Jan. 28.

Real Estate developer sues Village of Cahokia

By Steve Gonzalez | Feb 3, 2005

Donald Soffer, a real estate developer who developed the Nova Plaza Shopping Center on Camp Jackson Road in Cahokia, filed a breach of contract suit Feb. 1 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against the Village of Cahokia.

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