News from May 2008

Illinois Supreme Court's new web feature to aid civics education

By Ann Knef | May 1, 2008

Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced a new feature on the court's website to help increase awareness about how Illinois government works

Weber denied chance to depose doctor over scant med mal certificate

By Steve Gonzalez | May 1, 2008

Crowder Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder denied Bruce T. Vest, Jr., M.D.'s motion to compel the deposition testimony of a physician who supplied a one-page, 11-line certificate of merit in a wrongful death suit filed against him in 2006.

Amendment to Structural Work Act bill passes in committee

By Ann Knef | May 1, 2008

The Illinois House Judiciary Committee (Civil Law) has passed an amendment that exempts architects, land surveyors and structural engineers in a piece of legislation that re-establishes the Structural Work Act.

Norfolk Southern wants Michigan man's complaint kicked out of Madison County

By Steve Gonzalez | May 1, 2008

Judge Byron Norfolk Southern Railway is asking Madison County Circuit Judge Nicholas Byron to dismiss a Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) complaint based on forum non conveniens.

Gap in sidewalk subject of personal injury suit against Walgreens

By Steve Gonzalez | May 1, 2008

A one-and-a-half inch gap between sections of concrete at the Collinsville Walgreens is the subject of a personal injury complaint filed in Madison County Circuit Court April 30.

Demolition petition filed by city of Troy

By Steve Gonzalez | May 1, 2008

The City of Troy filed a petition for demolition of property at 220 Edwwardsville Rd.

Defense verdict: Jury says plaintiff responsible for slip and fall

By Steve Gonzalez | May 1, 2008

After deliberating one hour and 40 minutes, a Madison County jury handed down a defense verdict in a two-day slip and fall trial.

Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard successful in wrongful death trial in St. Louis

By The Madison County Record | May 1, 2008

Strum Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard, P.C. announced a successful verdict in a wrongful death case tried in the City of St. Louis in April, Maday v. Scenic View.

People in Business meeting set May 27

By The Madison County Record | May 1, 2008

The next meeting of People in Business will be held Tuesday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at GC Cuisine in Edwardsville.

Tillery must get, then give medical records to Pfizer

By Steve Korris | May 2, 2008

Tillery Madison County Associate Judge Ralph Mendelsohn ordered Stephen Tillery of St. Louis to deliver medical records of class action clients to drug maker Pfizer.

Privacy issues put Lakin class actions into twilight zone

By Steve Korris | May 2, 2008

Lakin Law Firm class actions against insurers Liberty Mutual and Travelers have drifted to a twilight zone where attorneys know what happens and regular folks don't.

Pfizer request for more time between venue, class cert hearings denied

By Steve Korris | May 2, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court won't disturb Madison County Associate Judge Ralph Mendelsohn's plan to hold hearings nine days apart on transfer of venue and class certification in Stephen Tillery's suit against drug maker Pfizer.

Lawyer advises Tom Lakin not to take polygraph

By Steve Gonzalez | May 2, 2008

Tom Lakin (left) leaving the federal courthouse in Benton on Feb. 28, with his lawyer Scott Rosenblum. Tom Lakin has been advised not to take a polygraph test.

Wood River may take legal action against BP

By Steve Korris | May 2, 2008

Wood River officials are considering legal action to hasten the clean up of contaminated soil in the city. As pictured during a dedication ceremony in 2002, Deer Park was one area targeted for remediation. WOOD RIVER – City manager Jim Schneider and councilman Bill Redden say Wood River is considering legal action over BP Amoco's slow cleanup of refinery pollution.

Godfrey lawyer sues Freed & Weiss for not paying litigation fees

By Steve Gonzalez | May 2, 2008

A local lawyer filed a breach of contract complaint against Chicago law firm Freed & Weiss in Madison County Circuit Court, alleging the law firm has refused to pay him legal fees.

Trial Lawyers: Polls good for billion-dollar verdicts, bad for ranking legal fairness

By Allen Adomite | May 4, 2008

Adomite The U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released its seventh-annual Harris Poll surveying senior attorneys at America's largest companies. Illinois ranked 46th overall, putting our state in the Top Five of worst legal climates. West Virginia ranked last and Delaware first, in case anyone is keeping track.

The Weber rule

By The Madison County Record | May 4, 2008

Don Weber is gone from the Madison County bench, but he's not forgotten.

Sign of the times: Late model Lakin class actions are scaled down

By Steve Korris | May 5, 2008

Millar In days gone by the Lakin Law Firm of Wood River advanced loose and large class actions, but now Jeff Millar of the Lakin firm pushes a tight and tiny model.

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