News from November 2007

Defense attorney accuses Lakin firm of 'unclean' hands in old class action

By Steve Korris | Nov 1, 2007

Troy Bozarth Attorney Troy Bozarth, calm in court or on paper, brings sensational new charges against the Lakin Law Firm.

Lawyer fishes for 17 years of records from 35 states in class action against Cincinnati Insurance

By Steve Korris | Nov 1, 2007

Dennis Barton Dennis Barton of the Lakin Law Firm wants someone at Cincinnati Insurance to search every email and other documents in company history for a common word with three initials beside it.

Driscoll pushes Stack for new Schwaller Vioxx trial

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 1, 2007

John Driscoll Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack has taken under advisement a motion by Vioxx plaintiff's attorney John Driscoll to get another trial that went in favor of defendant drug maker Merck back in March.

Judge agrees to separate criminal trials for Lakin

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 1, 2007

Lakin U.S. District Judge J. Phil Gilbert has granted Tom Lakin's request for two separate trials, one over drug charges and one over sex charges.

Stiehl takes evidence under advisement at Peel's sentencing hearing

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 1, 2007

Gary Peel U.S. District Judge William Stiehl is taking under advisement evidence presented to him regarding the sentencing of convicted Glen Carbon attorney Gary Peel.

Tillery and Co. argue for overturning Callis' substitution rule

By Steve Gonzalez | Nov 2, 2007

An aggressive class action law firm that has reaped many a handsome award in Madison County is hoping to overturn the first reform Chief Judge Ann Callis instituted as head of the Third Circuit.

West Virginia jury sides with Norfolk Southern in East Alton attorney's injury case

By Chris Dickerson | Nov 2, 2007

WILLIAMSON, W. Va. -- A Mingo County, West Virginia jury has found that Norfolk Southern Railway Company was not at fault for causing injuries to an employee of the Norfolk, Va.-based railroad.

Judge Jack's nursing background triggered furor over still-active silicosis suits

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2007

Judge Janis Jack When U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Texas exposed 10,000 phony silicosis claims, her history as a nurse triggered a strong reaction to the shoddy practices of attorneys in her court and doctors who served them.

Key West 33040: Lakin's address remains mystery to MC court

By Steve Korris | Nov 2, 2007

Key West sunsets are spectacular any time of year. Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder has asked Tom Lakin for his address twice, and twice Lakin has told her he lives in Key West, Fla.

Shimkus announces bid for seventh term

By Ann Knef | Nov 3, 2007

Shimkus toured the John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a hospital which serves his consituents, in St. Louis on Nov. 5. Here he visits with Barbara Derring of Collinsville. Congressman John Shimkus (R-19) announced he would be seeking re-election to a seventh term in the House of Representatives.


By The Madison County Record | Nov 4, 2007

Some trial lawyers aren't made, they're born.

Insurer for Hometown Hardware seeks compensation for fire

By Ann Knef | Nov 5, 2007

Federated Mutual Insurance Co. is seeking in excess of $100,000 on behalf of Hometown Hardware in Belleville from a neghboring business it believes is responsible for a destructive fire.

Union Pacific worker files complaint in St. Clair County

By Ann Knef | Nov 5, 2007

A former railroad fireman and engineer has filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Bausch & Lomb, Walgreen named in ReNu suit

By Ann Knef | Nov 5, 2007

Bausch & Lomb, Inc. and Walgreen Co. are being sued in St. Clair County Circuit Court by a Chicago plaintiff who claims her use of the contact lens product ReNu with MoistureLoc caused an eye infection.

ESL property owner sued over personal injury complaint

By Ann Knef | Nov 5, 2007

Eric Haas has filed a personal injury complaint against Galloway Properties, Inc. and Eric Galloway individually, claiming he fell into a non-partitioned, unlit recessed stairwell at 142 4th Street in East St. Louis on March 11.

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