News from November 2006

Asbestos defendant wants out of Madison County venue

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 1, 2006

Kurtis Reeg Continental Teves, Inc. has asked Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack to dismiss an asbestos complaint or transfer it to a county with proper venue.

Expensive court race necessary for level competition

By Ann Knef | Nov 1, 2006

The Fifth Appellate Court contest in southern Illinois will end up costing a mere third of what the most expensive state supreme court race cost just two years ago.

Railroad warning signals failed, suit says

By Ann Knef | Nov 1, 2006

Matthew J. Daugherty is suing Western-Cullen-Hayes Inc., the makers of railroad crossing warning equipment, for severe injuries he sustained two years ago when his vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train in Brighton.

Lakin lawsuit quietly disappears for lack of prosecution

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2006

Once upon a time Tom Lakin's firm could do almost anything Tom Lakin wanted. Now Tom Lakin's firm can't do a thing for Tom Lakin.

Mid-West Tool Collectors Association holds annual meet

By The Madison County Record | Nov 2, 2006

The Mid-West Tool Collectors Association will hold its 26th Annual Area "E" Fall Tool Meet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 at the American Legion Post 554, 554 Ramey St. in Carlinville.

Lewis & Clark Society holds trivia night

By The Madison County Record | Nov 2, 2006

The Lewis & Clark Society of America will hold a trivia night from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17 at the KC Hall, 400 Rue Des Chateaux in Bethalto. Doors open at 6 p.m.

QA: Real Court Reform Now opposes retention

By Ann Knef | Nov 2, 2006

The head of a grassroots group opposing the retention of Third Circuit Judges Ann Callis, Charles Romani and John Knight, explained the organization's position recently in a question-answer format.

U.S. Attorney not letting up on Peel

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 2, 2006

Gary Peel United States Attorney Kevin Burke filed a supplemental brief in response to attorney Gary Peel's motion to suppress tangible items in federal court Oct. 30.

Fifth Appellate Court race gets feisty

By Ann Knef | Nov 2, 2006

Stewart So long clean campaign pledges. Hello feisty.

Pruett named chair of Health Committee

By The Madison County Record | Nov 2, 2006

John Pruett, a licensed clinical social worker, has been named chairman of the Third Judicial Circuit Family Violence Prevention Council Health Committee.

Darr insists he suffered damages from cheap rental car

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2006

Attorney Lanny Darr of Alton still insists he suffered damage when Affirmative Insurance offered him a cheap rental car after an accident, even though Affirmative sent him a check for the cost of the luxurious vehicle he rented instead.

Downsized class action awaits Weber discovery ruling

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2006

Madison County Circuit Judge Don Weber, who shrank a national class action suit against United Life Insurance to an Illinois class action, must now decide whether to squeeze the suit down from 15 years to three years.

Cybersource wants Madison County class action to vanish

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2006

Engineer Brian Wilgus, class representative in a class action suit over stock options, has asked Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack not to throw out his suit just because he did not exercise the options.

Gordon Maag's appeal turned down by Fifth

By Ann Knef | Nov 2, 2006

On a day when negative attacks erupted between candidates in a closely watched appellate court race, justices in the same battleground condemned "hysterical hyperbole" but did not squelch criticism of persons running for public office.

U.S. Supreme Court says mutual fund suits belong in state court

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2006

Ten Madison County class action suits against mutual funds have received a half hearted boost from the United States Supreme Court.

Attorneys plan to file objections in Madison County's Paxil settlement

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 3, 2006

Attorneys in competing class action suits against GlaxoSmithKline's anti-depressant drug Paxil plan to file objections to a recent Madison County settlement.

Ignoring judicial races could cost you

By The Madison County Record | Nov 3, 2006

Many of us are aware that Illinois has earned a national reputation as a magnet and haven for junk lawsuits.

Hollywood Showclub patron claims guards beat him

By Ann Knef | Nov 6, 2006

Cottage Hills resident Jesse Sneed is suing the owner of Hollywood Showclub in Washington Park for being beaten, kicked and punched while guards escorted him from the strip club on Nov. 6, 2004.

Former scout leader named in sexual abuse complaint

By Ann Knef | Nov 6, 2006

A 20-year-old man is suing his former Boy Scout leader on allegations of sexual assault that occurred over a six-year period.

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