News from May 2005

High court rules in favor of title company fees

By Steve Korris | May 2, 2005

Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman (4th District) For 39 years the Illinois Supreme Court has allowed title companies to prepare legal documents without law licenses, reasoning that they act “pro se” - for themselves.

New Lawsuits: Tuesday, May 3

By Steve Gonzalez | May 3, 2005

Don Schmerbauch v. Brian Kugler, Marine Bar & Grill

Attorney wants class action to go on, despite client's deal

By Steve Korris | May 3, 2005

Gary Peel If the people who sue their mortgage company over a $9.46 claim cut a deal with them for $25,000, the lawsuit should go away, right?

Suit follows pit bull attack on 8-year-old

By Ann Knef | May 3, 2005

104 Revere Drive in Belleville The mother of an 8-year-old Illinois girl who was attacked by a pit bull is suing the dog's owners for more than $200,000.

Patient blames practice, doctors for amputation

By Ann Knef | May 3, 2005

Claiming her doctors failed to properly treat a joint infection that led to her leg amputation, Edna Rodenberg and her husband, Kenneth Rodenberg, are seeking $450,000 from Belleville Orthopedic Surgeons and its doctors, Donald Weimer, M.D. and Scott Anderson, M.D.

Belleville nursing home resident alleges neglect in suit

By Ann Knef | May 3, 2005

Renaissance on Royal Heights Road in Belleville Resident Nathan Traylor is suing Belleville nursing home, The Renaissance, for more than $100,000 claiming he suffered chest, abdomen, rib and other injuries that were diagnosed there on May 1, 2003.

Former Quincy Mayor Scholz joins SimmonsCooper

By Ann Knef | May 3, 2005

Former Mayor Charles Scholz enjoys lunch with the students at Madison Elementary School in Quincy. After 12 years as mayor of Quincy, Democrat Charles "Chuck" Scholz Sr. is joining SimmonsCooper law firm in East Alton.

Waggoner Equipment seeks to recover for damaged crane

By Steve Gonzalez | May 3, 2005

Waggoner Equipment Company in Wood River Wood River-based Waggoner Equipment Company filed suit in Madison County Circuit Court May 3 seeking $125,000 in damages from United Rental and Union Electric claiming the defendants damaged a crane.

FELA suit filed against Norfolk Southern

By Steve Gonzalez | May 3, 2005

Benton Jefcoat filed a Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $50,000 in Madison County Circuit Court May 3 against his employer, Norfolk Southern Railway.

Son sues hospital for mother's heart attack

By Steve Gonzalez | May 4, 2005

St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Bellevile Eli Sequoyah Saddler of Carrboro, N.C. is seeking more than $200,000 in damages from St. Elizabeth's Hospital claiming it is negligent for his mother's fatal heart attack.

Appellate court reverses Kardis decision

By Steve Gonzalez | May 4, 2005

Melissa Chapman Appellate Justices’ Melissa Chapman, Clyde Kuehn and James Donovan reversed a motion to compel arbitration that Madison County Circuit Judge Philip Kardis denied in October 2003 in a class action case against Cingular Wireless.

Gateway Regional seeks dismissal from Petrovich case

By Steve Gonzalez | May 4, 2005

Gateway Regional Medical Center Gateway Regional Medical Center of Granite City will be in court May 12 attempting to convince Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron to dismiss them from a medical malpractice lawsuit filed by Bonnie and Jimmy Seitz on March 10.

Father files wrongful death suit against driver

By Steve Gonzalez | May 5, 2005

Goshen Road A fatal car wreck two years ago in Edwardsville is the subject of a $50,000 wrongful death suit filed by David Long whose son was killed on Goshen Road in Edwardsville on June 17, 2003. Long's complaint was filed May 4 in Madison County Circuit Court.

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