News from March 2008

The deal Republicans should make on school funding in Illinois

By Dan Proft | Mar 2, 2008

Proft A Democrat Governor proposes tax cuts, however fleeting, and Republican legislative leaders respond by asking, "How's he going to pay for them?"

Don't let Lakin off the hook

By The Madison County Record | Mar 2, 2008

Tom Lakin's fate shouldn't come so quickly. And his punishment shouldn't come so easy.

New Lawsuits: Thursday, Feb. 28

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 3, 2008

Laurie Hilliard v. Thery Construction Company

Woman files gender discrimation suit against Advance Auto Parts

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 3, 2008

A former employee of Advance Auto Parts filed a discrimination suit in U.S. District Court Feb. 26, alleging she was fired from her job because she is a woman.

Judge to decide whether to accept Lakin plea agreement this morning

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 3, 2008

Tom Lakin (left) and Scott Rosenblum BENTON, Ill. -- A federal judge will decide during a hearing at 11 a.m. today whether to accept a binding plea agreement that would eliminate all sex charges against high profile Metro-East lawyer Tom Lakin in return for guilty pleas on drug charges.

Ob-Gyn wants med-mal claim tossed

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 3, 2008

A Maryville obstetrician-gynecologist wants a medical malpractice claim filed against him dismissed because the pro se plaintiffs failed to file a written report from a health care professional detailing the cause for filing suit.

Prosecutors will re-indict Lakin; trial continued

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 3, 2008

BENTON, Ill. -- Federal prosecutors said they would re-indict Tom Lakin in order to satisfy a judge's objections to a pre-arranged plea deal.

Madison County's mediation rules approved by Illinois Supreme Court

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 4, 2008

Callis Madison County's Civil Division Mediation Program has recently been approved by the Illinois Supreme Court.

Carr will be called by defense to testify in Thompson Coburn trial

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 4, 2008

Carrie Hogan When trial resumes Thursday in a case against Thompson Coburn, plaintiff Magna Bank will finally rest, but in an odd twist its lead lawyer Rex Carr will be called to testify by the defense.

Woman who turns over property on quitclaim sues cousin for sale proceeds

By Ann Knef | Mar 4, 2008

212 Ridgewood in Belleville A St. Clair County woman who turned over a nearly paid-off Belleville home to her cousin so the property could be fixed up and sold claims she's never received proceeds of the sale two years ago.

Blindness could have been avoided if not for urinary tract infection diagnosis, says senior

By Ann Knef | Mar 4, 2008

An active elderly woman who was diagnosed with a urinary traction at the Paris (Ill.) Community Hospital after complaining of double vision, painful eyes and a headache has filed a medical malpractice suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Law firm violated debt collection statute, federal suit alleges

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 4, 2008

Pauline Sumowski filed suit in federal court Feb. 27, alleging the law firm Baker, Miller, Markoff & Krasny, LLC of Chicago violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. ยง 1692, when trying to collect a debt owed by her deceased husband.

Woman taken off Coumadin suffers stroke, suit says

By Ann Knef | Mar 4, 2008

A Cisne, Ill. woman claims she suffered a stroke after being advised by her doctor to stop taking anti-coagulant medication, according to a suit filed Feb. 25 in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Employee took more pay than was owed, suit says

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 6, 2008

Hulliung Gymnastics filed suit against a former employee in St. Clair County Circuit Court Feb. 26, alleging she executed paychecks substantially in excess of hours worked.

Honda Gold Wing rider sues Pontiac Transport driver for accelerating too fast in reverse

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 6, 2008

A man who was injured when someone crashed into his motorcycle filed a personal injury and property damage suit in St. Clair County Circuit Court Feb. 26, seeking damages in excess of $52,500.

Insurance company sued for not paying off mortgage after husband's death

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 6, 2008

Dawn Kay-Woods filed suit against Minnesota Life Insurance Company alleging the insurance company violated the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act by failing to pay an insurance claim after her husband died in a one-vehicle car crash on March 7, 2007.

Meridian Bank files suit on unpaid loans

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 6, 2008

Meridian Bank filed suit against Steven Gardner and Patrick Parker in Madison County Circuit Court, alleging the defendants have failed to repay several loans.

Torn, wrinkled carpet at Farm Fresh leads to $50k suit

By Steve Gonzalez | Mar 6, 2008

Farm Fresh in Madison A woman who was allegedly injured after tripping on torn and wrinkled carpet at a Farm Fresh store in Madison filed a personal injury suit Feb. 27 in Madison County Circuit Court.

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