News from January 2008

CSX employee claims injuries during rescue of co-worker

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 2, 2008

A McLeansboro, Ill. man filed a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit against CSX Transportation in U.S. District Court Dec. 19, alleging he was injured on two separate occasions while working for the railroad.

Railroad machinist claims injuries from loading governor on locomotive

By Ann Knef | Jan 2, 2008

Railroad machinist Lawrence A. Osborn claims his left knee popped while loading a governor onto a locomotive, according to a Federal Employers' Liability Act suit filed Dec. 18 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

'Offset' language not included in work comp claim, suit says

By Ann Knef | Jan 2, 2008

Kenneth L. Boyle of Belleville filed a complaint against attorney Barry Bruhn and Reed & Bruhn P.C. of Belleville for allegedly failing to include "offset" language in a workers' compensation claim.

Lakin may have attempted witness intimidation by sending fax

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 2, 2008

Tom Lakin Thomas Lakin violated a court order forbidding him from having contact with government witnesses when he faxed a hand-written note and grand jury testimony to the attorney representing a witness.

Mascoutah Ambulance Service, Memorial Hospital named in wrongful death suit

By Ann Knef | Jan 3, 2008

Mascoutah Ambulance Service and Memorial Hospital in Belleville have been named in a wrongful death complaint filed by William Jenner on behalf of his wife, Elizabeth Jenner.

Bitter Lakin-Burke feud threatens to bump class attorneys as 'incompetent'

By Steve Korris | Jan 3, 2008

Lakin BENTON – U.S. Magistrate Judge Philip Frazier has warned that if Brad Lakin and Richard Burke keep tearing each other down in a struggle to control class actions that Lakin's firm filed with Freed and Weiss of Chicago, their clients might fire both firms.

Asbestos Motion Docket: Friday, Jan. 11

By Carrie Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2008

SMOTHERS MARY INDIVIDUALLY V. AW CHESTERTON INC

Illinois Central engineer claims back trauma

By Ann Knef | Jan 3, 2008

Railroad engineer and fireman Roy Clark of Elkville, Ill. filed suit against Illinois Central Railroad claiming occupational back injuries as a result of repetitive and cumulative trauma to his back.

Wrongful death claimed in suit against doctor

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2008

The estate of John Varel filed a wrongful death suit against Keith Thomae, M.D. in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 31, alleging the doctor's negligence caused his death on Feb. 5, 2007.

Infection not treated, wrongful death suit claims

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2008

The estate of Joann Jungk filed a wrongful death suit against Erik Stabell, M.D. in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 21, alleging the doctor was negligent his treatment of acute gallbladder pancreatitis and any other infectious disease.

Mini van owner seeks $200k for cutting hand on Chrysler emblem

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2008

A woman who cut her hand on the emblem of her 2001 Chrysler Town & Country is seeking $200,000 for injuries so severe they caused permanent disability, disfigurement and the loss of a normal life.

Life insurance policy paid to wrong beneficiaries, suit claims

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2008

The estate of Kenneth Bigham filed suit against the Knights of Columbus alleging the wrong beneficiaries were paid on a life insurance policy.

Mother suing herself for son's injuries in crash with ambulance

By Ann Knef | Jan 3, 2008

Sydney L. Bender of Fairview Heights is apparently suing herself as well as an ambulance driver for an accident that left her infant son permanently injured two years ago.

Ohio woman's second-hand exposure blamed in Madison County asbestos suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2008

A West Chester, Ohio woman who suffers from mesothelioma filed an asbestos suit against 72 defendants in Madison County Circuit Court Dec. 27, alleging she was exposed to airborne asbestos fibers from her father's clothing.

Billions evaporate as flaky Ford paint case is decertified: Judge Tognarelli relies on Avery and Gridley

By Steve Korris | Jan 3, 2008

Lakin attorneys wanted to depose William Clay Ford, Jr. Madison County Associate Judge Richard Tognarelli delivered a stunning setback to the Lakin Law Firm on Dec. 20, shutting down a class action over flaky paint on millions of vehicles that Ford Motor Company built from 1989 to 1996.

Injured barge worker claims vessel unseaworthy

By Steve Gonzalez | Jan 3, 2008

Walter Burdick filed a Jones Act complaint against AEP River Transportation in U.S. District Court Jan. 3, alleging he was injured in the performance of his job duties.

Wexstten claims Cates broke 'positive campaign' pledge in complaint to ISBA

By Steve Gonzalez and Ann Knef | Jan 3, 2008

Wexstten launches his campaign in September. Here, he makes a stop at the courthouse in St. Clair County surrounded by county officials who back his candidacy. Gloves came off today in the race for Fifth Judicial District judge.

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