News from January 2007

Jack stand manufacturer sued by injured man

By Ann Knef | Jan 2, 2007

A Mascoutah man is suing an auto parts manufacturer in St. Clair County Circuit Court claiming injuries after a two-ton jack stand collapsed onto his right leg.

Waterloo homeowners sue contractors over flue pipe

By Ann Knef | Jan 2, 2007

Jim and Tonya Hearty of Waterloo are suing Thermal Concepts, Inc. of Clayton, Mo. and Kelly Homes, Inc. of St. Louis claiming a negligently installed flue pipe in their wood-burning chimney resulted in a home fire and personal injuries.

Middle finger injury leads to med mal action

By Ann Knef | Jan 2, 2007

A Mascoutah woman whose middle finger was injured after slipping and falling on ice is sticking it to two area doctors for botching her treatment.

FELA suit filed by railroad veteran

By Ann Knef | Jan 2, 2007

A 37-year veteran signal maintainer with Union Pacific Railroad is suing his employer for low back, hip and leg injuries he sustained while on the job.

'Tyranny of Tolerance' author stirs controversy

By Ann Knef | Jan 3, 2007

Judge Robert Dierker appeared on Fox News "O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday. St. Louis Circuit Judge Robert Dierker infuriated critics and inspired supporters when his controversial new book "Tyranny of Tolerance" was released last week.

Trackman claims back injuries and asbestosis in FELA suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2007

A former CSX employee filed a Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) suit in U.S. District Court Dec. 29, claiming CSX failed to provide him a safe place to work.

Race was reason for firing, Prairie Farms worker claims

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2007

Maurice Morris filed suit in U.S. District Court Dec. 28, claiming he was fired from Prairie Farms because he is an African-American.

Tire makers blamed for auto death

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2007

Celestine Taylor filed suit against Hercules Tire and Rubber and Cooper Tire and Rubber in federal court Dec. 18, claiming Hercules Ultra Touring TR brand tires were not reasonably safe in design which caused her to lose control of her vehicle and crash.

Appellate court orders Byron to allow substitution

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2007

Nick Byron The Illinois Appellate Court ordered Madison County Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron to allow a benzene defendant's motion for substitution of judge he denied last year.

Hartford resident claims benzene exposure caused cancer

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2007

Courtney and Jim Vostry filed a benzene lawsuit Jan. 2 in Madison County Circuit Court -- the first civil lawsuit seeking damages in excess of $50,000 this year.

Hartford vapor players searching for harmony

By Steve Korris | Jan 4, 2007

Attorneys who have battled for months over the right to represent residents of Hartford in class actions over refinery vapors keep trying to settle their differences.

Weber's check cashing fee dismissal appealed by Lakin firm

By Steve Korris | Jan 4, 2007

Gail Renshaw of the Lakin Law Firm has appealed an order of former Madison County Circuit Judge Don Weber dismissing a class action over check cashing fees.

Stack lightens load by dumping Darr's class action

By Steve Korris | Jan 4, 2007

Dan Stack Madison County's goofiest lawsuit vanished in a puff of mootness.

Murphy rejects 'fraudulent joinder' claim, remands Yount to Madison County

By Steve Korris | Jan 4, 2007

U.S. District Judge Patrick Murphy has remanded to Madison County an Ohio man's personal injury suit against a Georgia company over an accident in Missouri.

New Yorker files first asbestos case of '06 in Madison County

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 4, 2007

A New York woman who suffers from mesothelioma filed the first asbestos suit of 2007 against 104 defendants in Madison County Circuit Court Jan. 3, alleging she was exposed to airborne asbestos fibers from his father's clothing.

Radcliffe transfers Lakin sexual assault case to Madison County

By Ann Knef | Jan 4, 2007

Tom Keefe St. Clair County Associate Judge James Radcliffe, III tossed the salacious civil sexual assault lawsuit against Lakin Law Firm founder Thomas Lakin out of his court and back into the arms of a reluctant, perhaps, venue to the north.

Stack is 'Pujols' of Madison County Courthouse

By Steve Korris | Jan 4, 2007

Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack needs a law clerk – or two or three.

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