News from December 2018

Maryville doctors call allegations in suit alleging infant suffered brain injury ‘simply untrue’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 3, 2018

Two Maryville doctors argue that summary judgment is appropriate in a mother’s lawsuit alleging her infant son suffered a brain injury after he was deprived of oxygen.

Hearing on summary judgment set in FOID card class action

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 3, 2018

Madison County Circuit Judge Dennis Ruth set a hearing for next month to further argue a class of FOID card holders' motion for summary judgment as to the unlawfulness of an additional $1 fee for the firearm owner identification cards.

Crowder denies motions to reconsider bench trial ruling; Former Roth Law attorney awarded $84K in fee sharing suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 3, 2018

Days before former Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder retired from the bench, she denied several motions to reconsider an $84,378.81 award she entered in favor of a former Roth Law attorney following a bench trial in a fee-sharing dispute.

Prosecutor drops late-arriving blood spatter report in second Fields trial

By Record News | Dec 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE - On the first morning of the second murder trial of David Fields, special prosecutor Charles Colburn withdrew a blood spatter report that he obtained after the first trial ended in July.

Madison, St. Clair Counties ranked eighth on ‘Judicial Hellholes’ list

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 4, 2018

Madison and St. Clair Counties are again considered two of the worst jurisdictions in the nation according to the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes Report.

Fields’ lawyers to argue that body of murder victim was moved; testimony to begin Tuesday

By Record News | Dec 4, 2018

“Our theory is that the entire story (Jamie) Lott and the family derived was a lie based on scientific evidence,” defense attorney Brittany Kimble said during pre-trial proceedings Monday.

Illinois Supreme Court defends inflated pensions for Chicago union leaders

By Adam Schuster, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 4, 2018

Once again proving why the state must amend the Illinois Constitution’s pension clause, the court unanimously ruled in favor of a special perk that inflated union leader pensions to nearly three times the pension of the average worker.

Maintenance worker alleges Union Pacific Railroad was negligent

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 4, 2018

A maintenance worker is suing Union Pacific Railroad Company, a transportation company, citing alleged unsafe work environment.

Motorist alleges injuries from St. Clair Township collision

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE— A motorist is suing another driver for allegedly causing a St. Clair Township collision.

Suit alleges wet, uneven limestone caused truck to tip over

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE—An Oklahoma company is suing a limestone-quarry operator for allegedly negligently loading limestone into a truck, causing it to tip over.

Outgoing Gov. Rauner decries veto override of damages cap bill, brands it 'invitation' to trial lawyers

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

Outgoing Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has decried the Illinois legislature's decision to override his veto of a bill greatly increasing the cap on the amount individuals can claim when they sue the state.

Woman sues sports bar after patron allegedly punched her

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE—A patron is suing Schatze's Sports Bar & Grill after another patron allegedly punched her in the face.

Homeowner sues neighbor over house fire

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE—A homeowner is suing his neighbor after her home caught fire and spread to the plaintiff's house.

Suit alleges patient died after stenosis surgery

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE—A woman claims her husband suffered quadriplegia and died roughly two months after undergoing surgery to address stenosis.

Motorist alleges injuries from I-64 collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE — A motorist is suing a trucking company and a driver for allegedly causing collision on Interstate 64.

Patient files medical malpractice suit against Memorial Hospital, doctor

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE—A patient is suing healthcare providers for allegedly causing him to suffer injuries to his sphincter.

Madison County makes history with generous taxpayer support of museum

By Brad Weisenstein, Illinois Policy Institute | Dec 4, 2018

Most county historical societies in Illinois rely on donations and memberships, but the Madison County Historical Society receives a generous infusion of tax dollars to run its museum and library. County leaders just cut the total, but why do they provide taxpayer support at all?

Patient alleges fracture did not heal properly

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Dec 4, 2018

BELLEVILLE—A patient is suing healthcare providers after his fracture allegedly did not heal properly.

Madison County civil docket Dec. 10-14

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 5, 2018

Madison County circuit judges Ruth, Dugan and Crowder have law cases scheduled on the civil docket for Dec. 10-14.

Gori arrested for DUI in Edwardsville on eve of Thanksgiving; expected to appear in court Wednesday

By Record News | Dec 5, 2018

Asbestos attorney Randy Gori is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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