News from February 2010

U.S. SC ruling could limit forum shopping by trial lawyers

By Chris Rizo | Feb 24, 2010

Murnane WASHINGTON - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling this week could put a damper on the trial lawyer practice of filing lawsuits, particularly class actions, in vaguely related jurisdictions where judges are seen as plaintiff-friendly.

Bethalto pharmacy sued over unpaid note

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 24, 2010

A corporation claims a Bethalto pharmacy owes it more than $250,000 in unpaid debts.

Third suit filed against Saline Township and supervisor

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 24, 2010

A third Madison County woman claims a Saline Township supervisor attempted to elicit sexual favors from her in return for utility assistance.

Driver backing out of driveway causes accident, suit claims

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 24, 2010

A woman claims her head, neck and shoulders became greatly bruised, crushed and displaced after a driver hit her while backing out of his driveway.

Automatic doors closed too fast; woman sues hospital and manufacturer

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 24, 2010

A Madison County woman filed suit against a Maryville hospital and a door manufacturer after she says an automatic door closed on her, forcing her to fall to the ground.

18 new asbestos cases filed Feb. 8-12 in Madison County

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 24, 2010

Heller A total of 18 new asbestos lawsuit were filed in Madison County Circuit Court during the week of Feb. 8 through Feb. 12.

Changes in parking lot elevation cause woman's broken ankle, suit claims

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 24, 2010

A woman claims she sustained a broken ankle after she attempted to exit her car and fell on uneven ground.

Tillery drops several claims in atrazine suits; Crowder hears arguments on venue

By Amelia Flood | Feb 24, 2010

Tillery Attorney Stephen Tillery has voluntarily dropped several claims in six proposed Madison County class action lawsuits against the makers of atrazine, the most commonly used weed killer among corn growers.

More groups are opposed to STAR bonds legislation

By Ann Knef | Feb 24, 2010

Holbrook Citizen action groups are lining up against legislation that would divert state sales tax revenue to support development of a giant retail and recreation project at the crossroads of Interstate 255 and 270 in Madison County.

O'Malley to hear motion to dismiss in East St. Louis misidentified body case

By Amelia Flood | Feb 24, 2010

A nearly year-old motion to dismiss a case brought against the City of East St. Louis and one of its police officers over a misidentified murder victim is set to be heard Monday.

Parents in Venezia suit oppose attorney's retainer move; McGlynn files their response

By Amelia Flood | Feb 24, 2010

Michael and Cynthia Anderson of Belleville are objecting to a petition filed by their former attorney who wants to keep a $1,600 retainer fee that St. Clair County Circuit Judge Patrick Young ordered be returned.

Jury begins deliberations after closing arguments in Rosewood trial

By Amelia Flood | Feb 24, 2010

A negligence case against an Edwardsville nursing home is now in the hands of the jury after nearly three hours of closing arguments Wednesday morning.

Developer files to dismiss Caffe Avanti suit over lease problems

By Amelia Flood | Feb 25, 2010

Cates The developer sued by an O'Fallon coffee and sandwich shop is asking St. Clair County Circuit Judge Lloyd Cueto to dismiss the breach of contract suit against it.

Attorney denies allegations of malpractice in chocolate shop suit

By Amelia Flood | Feb 25, 2010

A Belleville attorney denies that he misled a former client who is suing him and his law firm for legal malpractice related to a chocolate shop's lease at the St. Clair Square mall.

Belleville accident causes injuries, suit claims

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 25, 2010

A woman has filed suit against the driver who she says rear-ended her.

Big Jimmy's sued on breach of contract claims

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 25, 2010

Budnick Converting Inc. filed a lawsuit Feb. 19 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Big Jimmy's Distributing of Ohio, claiming it failed to reimburse it for $70,000 worth of merchandise.

New group of Sauget residents sue over toxic exposure

By Kelly Holleran | Feb 25, 2010

Another group of Illinois residents who live in or near Sauget have filed a lawsuit over the release of various hazardous substances they claim have created a severe health risk that led to at least two people's deaths and have contaminated their properties.

LA Weight Loss suit: Parties in settlement talks

By Amelia Flood | Feb 25, 2010

The parties in a Madison County wrongful death suit against a diet program provider are in settlement discussions, according to the case's docket sheet.

Jury finds for nursing home in Rosewood Care Center suit

By Amelia Flood | Feb 25, 2010

Callis A Madison County jury found for an Edwardsville nursing home after four hours of deliberation in a negligence case.

Hylla urges parties to settle during Accutane pre-trial hearing

By Amelia Flood | Feb 25, 2010

Hylla Madison County Circuit Judge David Hylla "strongly" encouraged the parties in a seven year-old suit over the acne drug, Accutane, to enter mediation and settle the case before its April trial.

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