EAST ST. LOUIS – Yahoo answers a class action complaint of privacy invasion by pleading that no one can call its scanning practices surreptitious. “Yahoo’s scanning of emails has been the subject of media reports for years,” Peter Herzog of St. Louis wrote on Aug. 17. He moved to dismiss a suit that Kaylynn Rehberger of Highland filed at U.S. district court in June.
MT. VERNON – St. Clair County associate judge Brian Babka unfairly rejected a woman’s evidence and testimony in a dispute over a dead man’s assets, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on Aug. 11. They honored a receipt that Babka ignored, showing Sandea White of Belleville surrendered a coin collection and vehicle titles to the estate of John Tate.
Linda Zazove, retired deputy director of program operations for Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., was presented with the Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award for her work with low-income and senior residents in Illinois.
U.S. District Judge David Herndon issued an order on Aug. 10 staying sanctions against three attorneys who he says obstructed discovery in a computer hacking case involving porn sites, pending an appeal by sanctioned attorney John Steele.
A Chicago attorney who made millions pursuing copyright and computer hacking litigation on behalf of businesses purporting to hold the rights to pornographic videos is being accused of carrying out a shakedown scheme in courts around the country - and right here in St. Clair County. The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission...
MOUNT VERNON – Victims of bid rigging in the Madison County courthouse can pursue a class action, Fifth District appellate judges decided on Aug. 17. Justices Richard Goldenhersh and Bruce Stewart denied a petition from the county to review a class certification order from the county’s circuit court. Justice James Moore would have granted review. Clinton County Associate Judge William Becker, presiding in Madison County by special appointment, certified the class action in June. Plaintiffs c
One of the 11 candidates being considered for five vacancies on the Third Judicial Circuit is uniquely qualified to serve as judge. But some of the qualities that make Sarah D. Smith, 39, stand out among the field are ones she does not want trumpeted in a way that makes her come across as boastful.
State officials who insure properties at risk of subsiding into coal mines settled a class action over premiums after Darrell Cates, spouse of appellate judge Judy Cates, withdrew as lead plaintiff. The Illinois Mine Insurance Subsidence Fund resolved the dispute in July, after Cates’s lawyers found substitute plaintiffs. Settlement documents gave credit to former St. Clair County circuit judge Lloyd Cueto for successful mediation.
St. Clair County officials refuse to show surety bonds of treasurer Charles Suarez to a lawyer investigating his auctions of delinquent property taxes, according to a suit in circuit court. Aaron Weishaar of St. Louis seeks an order requiring the county to honor a request he filed under the Freedom of Information Act last fall. The suit languished in arbitration until this July 29, when associate judge Heinz Rudolf transferred it to the civil law docket. Weishaar represents property owners wh