News from 2006

Barge worker hurt from gunwhale fitting, suit says

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 19, 2006

A Mississippi River barge worker filed a Jones Act complaint against National Maintenance and Repair Inc. in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 15, claiming he was severely injured Dec. 16, 2003, while fitting a gunwhale on a barge.

Doctor/author prescribes positive outlook in 'Lasso the Sunshine'

By Ann Knef | Dec 20, 2006

Bob Farmer, M.D. A graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, who is a family practitioner in downstate Illinois, has donated 10,000 copies of his new book to the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU (SCCI) in Springfield.

ARDC files complaint against Tom Lakin

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 20, 2006

L. Thomas Lakin The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has filed a complaint against Lakin Law Firm founder Lowell Thomas Lakin charging him with sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor and with delivering controlled substances.

Hartford residents opt out of Goldenberg's vapor class

By Steve Korris | Dec 20, 2006

Judge Stack Forty-six current and former Hartford residents have broken away from a class action settlement of claims that refinery vapors damaged their properties.

Matoesian 'do-si-dos' class action out of Madison County

By Steve Korris | Dec 20, 2006

Like boys and girls in a square dance, plaintiffs and defendants paired off in a ceremony shutting down a proposed class action suit over workers compensation premiums.

Paxil litigators wrangle for position in competing class actions

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 20, 2006

Crowder It was a busy day for lawyers in the Paxil litigation in Madison County on Tuesday as a routine hearing to enforce an injunction branched into three separate, contentious hearings with two judges.

Mistrust of Madison County muffs mutual funds cases

By Steve Korris | Dec 21, 2006

Mutual funds picked up a boost from the U.S. Supreme Court this year but then squandered it through mistrust of Madison County.

Wendler still angling to sue Cottrell in Madison County

By Steve Korris | Dec 21, 2006

If Fifth District Appellate Judge Terrence Hopkins had lived a little longer, he would have helped decide whether truck drivers can continue suing Georgia trailer maker Cottrell Inc., in Madison County.

Class action masters Freed & Weiss don't carry malpractice insurance

By Jesse Ammerman | Dec 22, 2006

Freed & Weiss headquarters in Chicago Two of the most active class-action plaintiff's attorneys in the Madison and St. Clair County courts do not carry malpractice coverage, even though one was once suspended by the Illinois Bar for harassing several women.

It's a Wonderful County!

By John J. Hopkins | Dec 24, 2006

Editor's note: "It's a Wonderful County," written by columnist John J. Hopkins, first appeared in the Dec. 20, 2004 edition of the Record. A timeless gem, it is being reprinted in this year's Christmas edition.

Dr. No Mo

By The Madison County Record | Dec 24, 2006

Webmeister Alton doc Charles Earnshaw surrendered his medical license for good during a hearing Wednesday before a review board of the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation (DPR), several sources tell Dicta.

Too slow going

By The Madison County Record | Dec 24, 2006

It's encouraging to see the wheels of justice turn just a hint in the sordid, shocking case of Metro East super-plaintiff's lawyer Thomas Lakin.

New Lawsuits: Friday, Dec. 22

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 26, 2006

Ken Edwards v. Raymond Stillwell and Nathan Anderson

Rev. Scott files suit against motorcyclist

By Ann Knef | Dec 27, 2006

Rev. Johnny Scott, president of the East St. Louis NAACP, has filed suit against a motorcyclist who struck and severely injured him on a city street earlier this year.

Topshooters and driver sued by injured woman

By Ann Knef | Dec 27, 2006

A St. Clair County woman injured on Route 158 in Columbia last year is suing the motorist who caused the accident claiming he drove under the influence of alcohol.

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