News from June 2015

Why is Rep. Jay Hoffman so anti-progressive?

By The Madison County Record | Jun 23, 2015

“If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man” -- C.S.

US Steel removes sexual harassment suit to federal court

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 23, 2015

US Steel removed a case to federal court that accuses it of overlooking an employee’s alleged sexual harassment. US Steel filed a notice of removal to the US District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on June 10 through attorney Sarah Hugg-Turner of Lashly & Baer in St. Louis. The defendant claims removal is proper because of the amount in controversy and diversity of citizenship. US Steel is a citizen of Delaware and Pennsylvania while the plaintiff is a citizen of Illinois. Plain

Alton doctor denies liability in patient’s lawsuit over infected sutures

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 23, 2015

A doctor denies liability in a medical malpractice lawsuit over infected sutures that allegedly caused a patient’s bowels to drop. Kristi Nasello filed the March 3 lawsuit against Alton Multispecialists Ltd., OSF Healthcare System, St. Anthony’s Healthsystem, Dr. Catherine L.

Garlock database proves useful in asbestos litigation and fight for transparency; Numbers show 'staggering' amount of money exchanged in asebestos system

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 23, 2015

While just a glimpse behind the curtain of the highly protected details about asbestos trust awards and settlements was provided by a recently unsealed database, the information could prove useful to Madison County asbestos defense attorneys as they litigate and prepare settlements in the future. Defense attorney Lisa LaConte of Heyl Royster in Edwardsville said the information in the database either confirmed values they assumed were being paid to claimants by the asbestos bankruptcy trusts or

Clinton Co. judge certifies class action despite dispute over damages; Says he is ‘satisfied’ that court will find way to determine damages

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 23, 2015

After declaring his intention to approve a Madison County bid rigging class action, visiting judge William Becker filed his official order granting class certification on June 16. He originally noted his approval of class certification on May 6, but postponed an official order until after the June 4 status conference to hear from the defendants if they planned to appeal. The class consists of anyone who owned a parcel of property that was sold at a Madison County tax sale auction from 2005 to

Texas-sized judgment against Trinity Industries could improve chances for St. Clair case

By The Madison County Record | Jun 23, 2015

U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap ordered guardrail maker Trinity Industries to pay $464 million to a federal government that didn’t ask for it, improving the chances that St. Clair County can secure a hefty sum on behalf of all Illinois counties.


By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 23, 2015

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Treasurer: No. 1 complaint is tax increases

By The Madison County Record | Jun 23, 2015

To the Editor: Some Madison County homeowners are upset about higher taxes and many of them have no clue why their bill went up.

Woman sues Amitriptyline makers, distributors over birth defects

By Dan Harkins | Jun 24, 2015

A woman who believes her child was born with defects and injuries because of the prescription drug Amitriptyline is suing the manufacturers and pharmacies that have distributed it. Helena Peoples filed a complaint on May 5 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., successor to Sandoz Inc. (Sandoz Pharmaceuticals Corp.), Kare Pharmacy Inc., Roche Laboratories Inc. and Walgreen Co. The plaintiff's mother, Heaunitia Holman Peoples, was prescribed the drug Amitriptyli

Caseyville sued over Route 159 project

By Dan Harkins | Jun 24, 2015

BELLEVILLE -- A St. Clair County village is being sued by one of its area development agencies for refusing to rezone property to make way for an upcoming project. According to a lawsuit filed on April 23 in St. Clair County Circuit Court, TBHP LLC filed a complaint against the village of Caseyville, Ill. On Oct. 21, 1998, to woo private developers, Caseyville passed three ordinances that: designated the village's area along Illinois Route 159 as blighted and set up a tax incremental redevelopm

Man alleges driver intoxicated in rear-end collision

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 24, 2015

A St. Clair County resident filed suit against a woman alleging drunken driving in a 2013 two-vehicle crash.

Couple sues to finalize workers' comp claim

By Dan Harkins | Jun 24, 2015

EDWARDSVILLE -- A man and his wife are suing to finally iron out a workers' compensation claim that's been ongoing since 2009. According to a lawsuit filed on April 27 in Madison County Circuit Court, Earnest and Jessica Bates, both from St. Louis, filed a complaint against Robert Scott Forbes, of Edwardsville. Mr. Bates, formerly employed by Olin Winchester Corp. in East Alton, was having legal services performed by the defendant.

Rauner softens stance a bit, but Dems unimpressed

By Mark Fitton | Jun 26, 2015

While Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the bulk of the Legislature’s proposed budget and penned a newspaper editorial, Speaker Michael Madigan announced another whole-House hearing and began laying blame on the governor for an expected government shutdown.

Illinois fails to measure nonprofit spending, policy expert says

By Amanda Robert | Jun 26, 2015

While the Illinois state government gives billions of dollars to nonprofit organizations over the course of an ordinary budget year, there is little oversight of how the organizations spend those dollars, says Kristina Rasmussen, executive vice president of the Illinois Policy Institute. “They give that money with the best intentions, hoping it will help carry out some of the priorities they have deemed to be important,” Rasmussen said.

Three crash victims sue motorist over intersection injuries

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 29, 2015

Two women filed a complaint individually and on behalf of one’s child, against a motorist for a 2014 intersection collision purportedly resulting in physical injury to all three parties. Chelsea Fort, Alicia Hood and Alicia’s son, minor Matthew Hood, all of O’Fallon, filed a lawsuit June 12 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Julie A.

Family sues driver involved in car wreck

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 29, 2015

A Michigan family filed a grievance against a driver alleging negligence in a 2013 car accident that supposedly left them with serious injuries. Charles Hudson, Algerine Hall-Hudson, Lynda Hall and minor child Allesa Hall of Roseville, MI, filed a lawsuit June 9 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Ronald Weaver of Fairview Heights, IL, on allegations of vehicular negligence in a June 2013 collision in St. Clair County. According to the filing, the defendant drove his vehicle into the pat

Woman litigates for damages allegedly caused by highway collision

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 29, 2015

A driver filed a complaint against a woman alleging negligence in a 2015 Madison County motor vehicle accident that destroyed her car and left her with medical complications. Sandy Horne filed a lawsuit June 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against Elizabeth A.

Driver accused of causing collision while intoxicated

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 29, 2015

A Belleville citizen filed suit against a motorist regarding a 2013 motor vehicle accident allegedly resulting in physical injuries. Ryan R.

Customer blames Taco Bell in slip and fall suit

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 30, 2015

A man filed a complaint against a nationwide fast-food chain, claiming premises negligence in 2015 regarding a parking lot accident in which he slipped and fell. Fred Shaw filed a lawsuit June 15 in Madison County Circuit Court against Taco Bell Corporation alleging negligence in the May 2015 incident in Granite City. According to the filing, the plaintiff was lawfully on the premises of Taco Bell at its 2167 Madison Ave. location on May 6, 2015.

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