News from May 2009

Insurance companies sued by passenger seeking court settlement

By Kelly Holleran | May 6, 2009

A woman who was injured in an accident is blaming two insurance companies for not paying her $180,000 she says she won in a lawsuit against their insured driver.

Madison County still ranks high in litigation, report finds

By Amelia Flood | May 6, 2009

A new report finds that Madison County ranks behind only Cook County for litigation filings statewide, even though it has about a twentieth of the population.

Defense opens case in Madison malicious prosecution trial

By Amelia Flood | May 6, 2009

Crowder A malicious prosecution case against the city of Madison and one of its police officers entered its third day as the plaintiff rested and defense began calling witnesses. The trial is set to resume with more defense testimony at 9 a.m. Thursday. The suit stems from the June 2006 arrest of a prostitute at a Madison truck stop.

Asbestos MDL judge clears half million cases off docket

By Steve Korris | May 7, 2009

Robreno PHILADELPHIA – U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno has cleared away more than half a million asbestos suits this year and he plans to keep up the pace.

Stack denies Lakin's motion to disqualify Burke in CCN class action

By Steve Korris | May 7, 2009

Burke As Brad Lakin tries to stop a class action settlement that former employee Richard Burke reached in New Jersey, Burke tries to stop a Lakin settlement in Madison County.

FOIA request made on Fairview Heights over online travel settlements

By Amelia Flood | May 7, 2009

Mitchell A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has been made upon Fairview Heights over settlement agreements and documents related to 13 lawsuits the city filed against online travel companies.

Jury begins deliberations in Madison malicious prosecution case

By Amelia Flood | May 7, 2009

Crowder The lawyers have had their say and tomorrow, jurors will resume deliberations in a malicious prosecution and defamation suit brought against the City of Madison and one of its police officers. Jurors heard closing arguments late Thursday afternoon from plaintiff attorney Brian Polinske and defense counsel James Craney. Deliberations will resume at 9 a.m. Friday.

Man sues liquor store after tripping on its sidewalk

By Kelly Holleran | May 8, 2009

A man and his wife have filed a complaint against the city of East St. Louis, Allen's Package Liquor and Lounge and its owner, alleging the man was forced to have surgery after he tripped on an uneven sidewalk.

Apartment buyers claim $4.5 million was too much to pay for Belleville complex

By Kelly Holleran | May 8, 2009

Three companies say $4.5 million was too much to pay for a Belleville apartment complex.

Wendler can't depose AIG personnel over 7-year-old Internet posting

By Steve Korris | May 8, 2009

EAST ST. LOUIS – Edwardsville lawyer Brian Wendler can't depose representatives of insurer AIG in his search for the source of an Internet message about him, U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Proud has decided.

Route 50 accident in Fairview Heights is subject of suit

By Kelly Holleran | May 8, 2009

Lee Ann Schaefer has filed a suit against Andrea J. Goodman, alleging she received neck, shoulder and low back injuries after a rear-end collision.

State Bar program set for May 15 in Springfield

By The Madison County Record | May 8, 2009

State and Municipal Administrative Hearings and Appeals, a continuing legal education program hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), will be held from 1 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Friday, May 15, t the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel and Conference Center, 701 E. Adams St., in Springfield.

Herndon remands Cottrell, Cassens personal injury suit to Madison County

By Steve Korris | May 8, 2009

Herndon EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon has remanded to Madison County a personal injury suit that John Sheffer of Tennessee filed against Georgia trailer maker Cottrell Inc. and three businesses of the Cassens family in Edwardsville.

Wood River police negligence trial opens Monday

By Amelia Flood | May 8, 2009

Ruth A suit claiming negligence by a Wood River police officer during a chase that led to a girl's injuries goes to trial Monday. The 2006 lawsuit stems from a motorcycle crash in the village of Roxana.

Property damage lawsuit goes to trial Monday

By Amelia Flood | May 8, 2009

Matoesian A 2004 dispute over property damage caused by roofing repairs is up for trial Monday. The plaintiff is seeking nearly $200,000 for damages he says were caused by lax roofers and rain.

Judge approves $22 million annuity class action against Jackson National Life

By Ann Knef | May 8, 2009

A St. Clair County judge has approved a $22 million settlement in a class action suit against Jackson National Life Insurance over fixed annuity policies.

Matris Carus - Mother Dear

By John J. Hopkins | May 9, 2009

Hopkins Gratitude for sacrifices largely unknown and unrecorded, recognition of the role played in the transformations from child to adult, and acknowledgment of the precious gift of time, are summarized with familiar words spoken by those with tiny hands and still others with big bellies - Happy Mother's Day...Love ya' Mom.

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