News from October 2007

Cantrell answers appeal in med mal trial she won

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 24, 2007

A Troy family doctor who was cleared of medical malpractice by a Madison County jury has answered the plaintiff's appeal.

$1 million sought by railroader who tripped on phone wire

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 24, 2007

Phillip Charles Roberts filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act complaint against Union Pacific Railroad in Madison County Circuit Court Oct. 18, alleging Union Pacific negligently failed to provide him a safe place to work.

Courtroom trends against businesses discussed at Summit

By John O'Brien | Oct 24, 2007

Chris Manning WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Leading off a Legal Reform Summit sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform, attorney Chris Manning offered a few images and asked a simple question -- which one of them didn't belong.

Plaintiff claims Duragesic patch killed her husband

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 24, 2007

Leigh Ann Cruse filed a product liability suit against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceutical and Alza Corporation, seeking damages in excess of $250,000 under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act alleging her husband Cliff was killed by a defective Duragesic patch.

Class plaintiff's attorney-husband is TCPA specialist

By Ann Knef | Oct 24, 2007

The lead plaintiff in a recently filed Lakin class action lawsuit is no ingenue when it comes to litigation involving the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

Shimkus votes to establish Lincoln Heritage Area

By Ann Knef | Oct 24, 2007

Washington, D.D. -- Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-19) voted for House passage of omnibus legislation (HR 1483) Wednesday that included language establishing the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area.

Defense verdict reached in Madison County med mal trial

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 24, 2007

After deliberating just two hours, a Madison County jury returned a verdict in favor of Dr. Charles Sammis who was on trial for medical malpractice.

Peel's sentencing reset for Nov.1

By Steve Gonzalez | Oct 25, 2007

Gary Peel United States District Judge William Stiehl has rescheduled Gary Peel's sentencing for Nov. 1 at 10 a.m.

Honest silicosis claimant 'torpedoed' by own attorney, Jack says

By Steve Korris | Oct 25, 2007

Judge Jack U.S. District Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi, Texas, found an honest silicosis suit among 10,000 phony ones, but an attorney for the honest plaintiff torpedoed his case and no other silicosis attorney would take him for a client.

Hardships ahead for businesses, pair says

By John O'Brien | Oct 25, 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Two political experts told attendees of a U.S. Chamber of Commerce function that businesses may soon face more challenges.

Proposed Code of Conduct to be given to AGs

By John O'Brien | Oct 25, 2007

Rickard WASHINGTON, D.C. - Citing a need to end prejudicial practices, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform proposed a new code of conduct for state attorneys general Wednesday.

CSX named in St. Clair County FELA suit

By Ann Knef | Oct 25, 2007

Billy Bob Jolliff is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages from CSX Transportation, Inc. for injuries, pain and suffering, lost earnings and medical expenses.

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