News from July 2005

Delaware court seeing upsurge in asbestos filings

By Steve Korris | Jul 1, 2005

While the number of new asbestos lawsuits has dropped precipitously in Madison County, a deluge of filings is keeping clerks in a Delaware court working nights and weekends to keep up.

The Spirit of 1776

By John J. Hopkins | Jul 3, 2005

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, a good movie to dust off is the musical “1776."

Mark Kern should step down

By Joe Behnken | Jul 3, 2005

For decades people in St. Clair County have patiently awaited the return of fair elections.

A worse offense

By The Madison County Record | Jul 4, 2005

While there’s much a-do about St. Clair County vote buying we cannot help but ponder a far uglier travesty on this—the birthday of humanity’s greatest ever democracy.

SimmonsCooper class action against Gallagher in court

By Steve Gonzalez | Jul 5, 2005

Stephen Tillery One day after the Illinois insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher announced it would no longer collect now-controversial contingency fees from insurance companies, East Alton plaintiff's firm SimmonsCooper filed a class action lawsuit Oct. 27, 2004, claiming Gallagher & Co. breached its fiduciary duties.

Passenger files suit against Ford in van accident

By Steve Gonzalez | Jul 5, 2005

A woman who suffered bodily injuries and fear of death when a Ford van she was riding in rolled over into a ditch, filed a $450,000 lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. and Auffenberg Ford in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

New Athens business owner goes after police in suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Jul 6, 2005

Kaskaskia River Marina and Campgrounds, Ervin Smith, Cheryl Smith, Ervin Smith, Jr., and Chris Koch filed suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court June 27 against New Athens, its police department and an officer for being maced during a false arrest.

Elderly woman knocked to ground by soccer players, sues park and school

By Steve Gonzalez | Jul 7, 2005

Seventy-seven-year-old Opal Boyett claims Granite City park and high school officials should have known that elderly people like to use the Wilson Park walk path early in the morning to avoid the summer heat.

Fayetteville man sues Merck and its employees over Vioxx

By Steve Gonzalez | Jul 7, 2005

Fayetteville resident Laurence Madden filed suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court June 27 against Merck & Co. of New Jersey and 10 Merck employees seeking at least $250,000 in damages.

Case management set in suit against Dr. Uhrig

By Steve Gonzalez | Jul 7, 2005

Madison County Associate Judge Ralph Mendelsohn will hold a case management conference July 14 in a three-year old wrongful death case in which a widow claims her husband died due to the negligence of three doctors and Belleville Memorial Hospital.

Alorton woman claims officers caused son's premature delivery

By Ann Knef | Jul 7, 2005

An Alorton woman who was in her sixth month of pregnancy claims she was slammed to the ground by village police officers which harmed her unborn child and led to his premature delivery and permanent disability.

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