News from June 2015

Equipment rental company claims its crane was damaged during cosmetic work

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 2, 2015

An equipment company is suing over claims that its industrial crane was damaged while being cleaned and painted. Waggoner Equipment Rentals LLC filed a lawsuit on May 22 in Madison County Circuit Court against Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc. of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Dakota Sandblast & Paint LLC of Chester, South Dakota, claiming breach of contract.

Church sued over woman's trip and fall at yard sale

By Dan Harkins | Jun 2, 2015

A woman is suing over injuries she allegedly suffered after falling in a hole at a church yard sale. Kimberly Benda filed a complaint on May 14 in Madison County Circuit Court against Leonard D.

ACCIDENT BRIEF: Motorist alleges injuries in rear-end collision

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 2, 2015

A St. Clair County motorist has sued another driver, alleging vehicular negligence.

Home remodeler claims he wasn't paid for construction work

By Dan Harkins | Jun 2, 2015

A man is suing to recover money he claims he spent rehabbing part of a home.Brian Brady filed a complaint on May 18 in Madison County Circuit Court against Kimberly and Roy Wells claiming that in 2011, Brady and the Wellses, who were friends, entered into an oral agreement that Brady would rehab, remodel and do other construction work on the Wellses' home at 501 Lanahan Drive, Troy.

Patient claims back surgery left her with spine, nerve injuries

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 2, 2015

A patient filed suit against a neurosurgeon for alleged medical negligence in 2012. Z.

Man alleges injuries from chemical exposure

By Dan Harkins | Jun 2, 2015

A man has sued over injuries allegedly suffered while at work.

ACCIDENT BRIEF: Driver sued over fatal car crash

By Carol Ostrow | Jun 2, 2015

A Belleville resident is suing over claims a driver was negligent in a 2013 collision. Sandra Piolet, as estate administrator for Alvin E. Piolet of Belleville, filed a lawsuit on May 27 in St. Clair County Circuit Court against Dayna L. Baker and Pamelia Sellers of O’Fallon claiming negligence in a June 2013 collision.

Reforming public pension plans requires understanding of economics

By The Madison County Record | Jun 2, 2015

You might wonder what kids are learning in school these days, but one thing's certain: it's not economics.

OUR VIEW: Reforming public pension plans requires understanding of economics

By The Madison County Record | Jun 2, 2015

You might wonder what kids are learning in school these days, but one thing's certain: it's not economics. Consider the widespread support for minimum wage hikes. It may seem like workers making the current minimum would be better off making more, but even a cursory consideration of the implications of raising the rate would give pause to a thinking person. Isn't moving up to a more responsible position the best way to secure a higher wage?

Lopinot grants GM motion to dismiss suit alleging defective ignition switch

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 2, 2015

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot has granted General Motors' motion to dismiss a lawsuit claiming its defective engine and ignition key switch caused numerous collisions. Lopinot concluded that the plaintiffs’ complaint failed to provide sufficient facts. “[T]he court finds that there are grounds to grant the motion due to the complaints’ insufficiency in pleading dates and location of the accidents alleged,” Lopinot’s April 29 order states. The plaintiffs responded by filing a

Anderson Hospital withdraws its transfer request to Madison County in med mal suit over plastic surgery

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 2, 2015

Anderson Hospital sought to transfer a medical malpractice lawsuit to Madison County before withdrawing its motion in an effort to maintain jurisdiction in St. Clair County for a lawsuit alleging a woman suffered injuries following plastic surgery. Plaintiffs Mary and Wayne Lester filed their lawsuit on Jan. 28 against Dr. Ryan Diedrich and Southwestern Illinois Health Facilities, or Anderson Hospital. According to their complaint, Mary Lester alleges Diedrich performed plastic surgery on her

Mudge denies forum non conveniens motion; Transfer not convenient for all parties

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 2, 2015

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge denied an insurance claim specialist’s motion to transfer a case alleging a couple was denied insurance coverage after their rental property was burglarized. Mudge concluded that transfer would not be convenient for all parties. Plaintiffs George N.

Medical center blames decedent’s negligence in fatal intrauterine device procedure

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 2, 2015

A medical center accused in a wrongful death action alleging it botched an intrauterine device procedure accuses the decedent of negligently contributing to her own injuries. Plaintiff Lindsay Cumback, individually and as special administrator of the estate of Ellis Cumback, filed the four-count complaint against Memorial Medical Group, LLC, and Sarah Pringle, CNP, pursuant to the Illinois Wrongful Death Statute on Oct. 29. According to the complaint, the decedent died on July 1 as a result of

Pastor denies fraudulently transferring incarcerated brother-in-law’s property

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 2, 2015

A pastor accused of fraudulently transferring his brother-in-law’s property while he remained in jail has denied the allegations. According to the Oct. 28 complaint, plaintiff Ernest Spiller was arrested on drug charges and incarcerated at the St. Clair County Jail in Belleville on July 2, 1999. Two weeks later on July 15, 1999, Spiller claims he contacted his brother-in-law, defendant Rev. Ralph McGlown, to come to the jail and discuss his real estate interests, including two properties in Ea

Auto parts retailer seeks to dismiss lawsuit alleging employee pocketed proceeds by converting inventory

By Heather Gvillo | Jun 2, 2015

United Auto Parts seeks to dismiss a lawsuit alleging one of its employees misrepresented the amount of inventory owned by a Belleville auto dealer. According to the Jan. 30 complaint, plaintiff Oliver C.

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