News from January 2006

Insurers agree to pay $92 million in class settlement

By Steve Korris | Jan 2, 2006

Lakin attorney Richard Burke Automobile insurers have agreed to pay about $92 million to settle a Madison County class action suit over the values the insurers assigned to wrecked vehicles.

Grievously injured railroad worker sues Alton & Southern

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2006

Alton & Southern Railway in East St. Louis Billy Gresham filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) suit against Alton & Southern Railway Company seeking damages for injuries he allegedly received while coupling a loaded hopper car to a locomotive.

Brown & Crouppen file Bextra suit in St. Clair County

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2006

Pfizer's recalled prescription medication Bextra is the subject of another lawsuit filed in St. Clair County.

East St. Louis club sued under Dram Act

By Ann Knef | Jan 3, 2006

The mother of an East St. Louis man who was killed in a one-car accident last year is suing a night club for serving alcohol to the driver.

Stiehl grants summary judgment for bird attack at Lowe's

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2006

Lowe's in Fairview Heights A Centreville woman who sued Lowe's Home Center over a wild bird attack and resulting loss of cognitive skills will have to rethink her legal strategy.

Bemis class action removed to federal court

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2006

Cincinnati Insurance Company removed a Madison County class action case to U.S. District Court Dec. 29, arguing that the amended complaint adds new claims that do not relate to the original suit.

Pop's faces two suits by couple hurt in car wreck

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2006

Pop's in Sauget A landmark watering hole, Pop's Saloon in Sauget, faces two separate Dram Shop lawsuits filed by Farmington, Mo. residents James Snider and Linda Snider.

Woman's staircase tumble lands Casino Queen in court

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2006

Casino Queen on the Mighty Mississippi A woman who claims she suffered "grievous pain and mental anguish" after falling down a staircase at the Casino Queen in East St. Louis is suing for damages in excess of $50,000.

'Judicial Perspective' to air on cable

By Ann Knef | Jan 4, 2006

Leonard Murray, Annette Eckert, Seymour Simon, Robert K. Downs and James M. Wexstten. The Illinois Judges Association (IJA) recently completed taping a new public information program "Judicial Perspective" featuring judges and lawyers on the topic, "The Importance of an Independent Judiciary."

Granite City seeks dismissal of $1.15 million claim

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 4, 2006

Madison County Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron will hear Granite City's arguments to dismiss a case filed by a couple who claims their home was nearly demolished without being notified by the city.

Dismissal sought in couple's assault suit against apartment owners, manager

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 4, 2006

John and Lucille Kleeman, owners of the Biltmore Apartments in South Roxana, will attempt to dismiss a case filed against them by an East Alton couple who allege they were assaulted by the apartment's property manager.

Apartment owners seek dismissal for failure to prosecute mold class action

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 4, 2006

Owners of The Bissel Apartments in Venice are asking Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian to dismiss a mold and fungus class action case filed against them last year, for failure to prosecute.

Granite City man sentenced to life for drug-related homicide

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 5, 2006

Greg Murray, 22, of Granite City was sentenced to life imprisonment for his role in a drug-related homicide.

Man who falls leaving tavern sues

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 5, 2006

T.R.'s Place Joseph Grass filed suit against T.R.'s Place in St. Clair County Circuit Court Dec. 15, claiming he sustained serious injuries at the tavern because the building was not up to code.

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