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Flags of Our Fathers

Instead of a classic movie line or title, today's column uses as its metaphor the yet-to-be released World War II saga of the battle of Iwo Jima, "Flags of Our Fathers."

Our courts need backbone

It's a sad state of the affairs of our courts that so many people believe anything-- plain anything-- is "actionable."

Prolific complaint against Cassens sprouts new life

Like an ugly weed no one can pull, Thomas Maag's lawsuit against the Cassens family and its businesses just keeps growing.

Asbestos Motion Docket: Monday, July 10

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East St. Louis nightclub sued over shooting

An East St. Louis nightclub is being sued by a customer who was shot in the leg by an unknown assailant last year.

Scott Credit Union named in anticipatory breach suit

Scott Credit Union is being sued by a woman claiming entitlement to an additional $250,000 from her deceased husband's Deferred Compensation Account.

Rio Club patron sues for ceiling collapse

Marquelus Brown, a customer of The Rio Club in East St. Louis, is suing the establishment because the ceiling fell on him.

Splash City sued by injured girl's father

Splash City The father of a girl who was injured at Splash City Family Water Park in Collinsville filed a personal injury suit in Madison County Circuit Court.

Fifth wheel on FedEx truck blamed for injury

FedEx A truck driver transporting items for Federal Express filed a personal injury suit in Madison County Circuit Court June 30, alleging the courier failed to maintain its equipment in a reasonably safe condition.

Class action king gets non-royal treatment in divorce court

In the Madison County courthouse where Granite City chiropractor Mark Eavenson once reigned as king of class actions, one judge has taken over his bank account and another has kicked Eavenson's friend out of her job handling his business.

Shiloh man sues Freeburg Township for defective steps

Walter Minton of Shiloh filed a personal injury lawsuit against Freeburg Township for injuries he sustained on allegedly defective steps.

Misdiagnosis caused child's death, mother claims

Belleville pediatrician David C. Norman, M.D. is being blamed for the death of Trevikoromira Williams who died of bacterial meningoencephalitis nearly two years ago.

Florida court tosses $145 billion tobacco verdict

The largest jury verdict in U.S. history has been tossed by the Florida Supreme Court today.

St. Clair County class action removed to federal court

Attorneys for Harland Financial Solutions removed a four-year-old class action from St. Clair County Circuit Court to federal court citing the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005.

Former McDonnell Douglas workers file class action over pension plan

Jerome Schlichter Four former McDonnell Douglas employees who went to work for Boeing after the two companies merged filed a class action complaint against the Pension Value Plan for Employees of The Boeing Company.

West Virginia venue decision opens door for plaintiffs

CHARLESTON, WV - Bart Morris of Virginia suffered an injury on his job in Virginia operating a forklift that an Ohio company made, but the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has decided that he can sue for damages in West Virginia.

Countrywide moves for summary judgment in $30 courier fee case

Countrywide Home Loans has mysteriously moved for summary judgment in a suit over a $30 courier fee it charged at the closing of a loan.

Delays mounting in RR right of way suit

Madison County Circuit Judge Andy Matoesian keeps preparing for a class certification hearing in a suit over railroad right of way, but the parties keep putting it off.

Unsell claims his client received threatening phone calls

Ed Unsell A plaintiff in the high profile civil sexual assault complaint against powerful attorney Thomas Lakin and his sons Brad Lakin and Kris Lakin, has been receiving threatening phone calls, according to attorney Ed Unsell.