News from 2007

Lawyer hangs out laundry in Freed & Weiss matter

By Steve Korris | Dec 21, 2007

In case anyone didn't believe Brad Lakin when he alleged that state regulators are investigating his former class action teammate Paul Weiss of Chicago, Lakin now produces documentary evidence.

It's a Wonderful County!

By John J. Hopkins | Dec 22, 2007

"One case, one judge, one lawyer, and we go from an unknown Illinois county to the poster child for Tort Reform overnight. Every single argument in Springfield or D.C. ends up railing about the mess in Madison County."

2007 Persons of the Year

By The Madison County Record | Dec 24, 2007

In the Record's annual tribute to people who make a significant impact on fairness in the Third Circuit, this year we select a host of individuals. The Record salutes the good citizens of Madison County who have dutifully given their time, attention and commitment to jury service.

Pizza Hut plaintiff 'dramedy' attracts most readers in '07

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 27, 2007

The following were the most well-read reports on the Record's website ( or in 2007:

Mack truck driver sues Alero driver in I-64 accident

By Ann Knef | Dec 27, 2007

A driver of a Mack tractor trailer is suing the driver of an Oldsmobile Alero for driving in the wrong direction on Interstate 64 and causing a collision.

Stage collapse on worker's foot prompts suit

By Ann Knef | Dec 27, 2007

A man who suffered an ankle injury while setting up a stage at Pop's Bar in East St. Louis is suing a production company and promotions company for damages in excess of $150,000.

Steps removed outside portable building caused custodian's injuries, suit says

By Ann Knef | Dec 31, 2007

A custodian at Columbia Middle School is suing S.M. Wilson & Co., a construction company, for injuries he sustained as he exited a portable building.

Trackman files FELA complaint against ICR

By Ann Knef | Dec 31, 2007

Charles L. Scholes, a trackman for Illinois Central Railroad, filed a Federal Employers Liability Act suit claiming he was injured from being subjected to numerous repetitive traumas and walking on unstable ballast.

Ex-ESL employee sues for wrongful termination

By Ann Knef | Dec 31, 2007

Former East St. Louis employee Phyllis Robinson claims she was terminated from her position as a housing health inspector for the Community Development Department in retaliation for refusing to sign a nominating petition for an individual running for political office.

Defendants get a break in 2007: Whose 'judicial hellhole' is it anyway?

By Steve Gonzalez | Dec 31, 2007

Circuit Judge Dan Stack Madison County may no longer be a "judicial hellhole" for civil litigation defendants. But ask a trial lawyer to gauge the climate and you may get a different answer.

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