News from February 2018

St. Clair County foreclosures Jan. 25-Feb. 2

By Elizabeth Alt | Feb 7, 2018

There were 21 foreclosures in St. Clair County from Jan. 25 to Feb. 2.

Abbey Ridge LLC sues over insurance dispute following fire

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 7, 2018

BENTON – A Pomona limited liability company alleges it is entitled to certain coverage under an insurance policy for fire damages at the property.

Missouri company alleges UK company infringes press fitting patents

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 7, 2018

BENTON – A Missouri company that manufactures press fittings claims a United Kingdom company makes a similar product that infringes its patents.

Woman seeks to recover benefits she alleges were wrongfully terminated

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 7, 2018

BENTON – A Monroe County woman alleges her long-term benefits were wrongfully terminated.

Peru attorney files malicious prosecution suit against former LaSalle Co. SA Brian Towne

By Record News | Feb 7, 2018

CHICAGO – Special prosecutor Brian Towne allegedly committed malicious and retaliatory prosecution as LaSalle County state’s attorney, according to a new civil lawsuit.

Herndon rules on what evidence will be admitted in fatal I-55 tractor-trailer crash trial

By Karen Kidd | Feb 7, 2018

BENTON – A federal judge has set the ground rules for what the plaintiff and defense can and cannot bring up during trial in the wrongful death case of a Warrenton, Missouri, man killed in a fiery collision involving two semitrailers on Interstate 55 in 2015.

Motorist sues over Alton collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 7, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – A woman is seeking damages from an Edwardsville man and his employer after a collision in Alton.

Appellate court upholds Crowder in family dispute over IRA funds

By Ann Maher | Feb 8, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has upheld Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder in a family's dispute over ownership of a deceased man's retirement account valued in excess of $500,000.

Green Mount Catholic Cemetery alleged to owe more than $35,000 in funds

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 8, 2018

BENTON – A joint labor-management organization alleges an Illinois employer owes payment of delinquent contributions.

Homeowners allege Holishor Association wrongfully collected money in RICO suit

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 8, 2018

BENTON – A homeowners association for Madison County residential lots allegedly wrongfully collected money from the owners of two properties in Edwardsville.

Fifth District affirms Rudolf in foreclosure proceeding

By Ann Maher | Feb 8, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed St. Clair County Associate Judge Heinz Rudolf in a foreclosure proceeding where a losing bidder who claimed to have been the highest bidder was not allowed to intervene in the case to object to the sale going to the second highest bidder.

Driver alleges federal employee ran red light in Murphysboro collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 9, 2018

BENTON – A Murphysboro woman is seeking more than $75,000 after a federal employee allegedly ran a red light and collided with her vehicle.

Motorist claims Florilli Transportation driver's negligence caused Marion County collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 9, 2018

BENTON – A Shobonier driver alleges the driver of a West Liberty, Iowa, company negligently and carelessly backed his tractor-trailer in an unsafe manner and caused a collision.

Appellate court vacates order appointing appraisal umpire in State Farm dispute with homeowners

By Chandra Lye | Feb 9, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has sided with State Farm in a dispute over a demand for appraisal by an Illinois couple.

Former employee alleges Jimmy John's noncompetition agreement violates antitrust laws

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 9, 2018

BENTON – A former Madison County Jimmy John's employee alleges the restaurant chain's anti-competitive behavior to restrict competition between franchises unfairly suppresses employee wages.

Herndon awards $17 million in damages in trademark infringement case

By Elizabeth Alt | Feb 9, 2018

BENTON – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois issued a ruling that Southern Illinois Storm Shelters Inc. and others must pay $17.3 million in damages involving a trademark infringement case to a Missouri residential construction company.

Federal judge denies Centralia inmate's motions in Fair Credit Reporting Act lawsuit

By Karen Kidd | Feb 9, 2018

CENTRALIA – A federal judge has denied two separate motions filed by a Centralia Correctional Center inmate suing a consumer reporting agency that the inmate says has threatened him, according to separate memorandums and orders issued in the case.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 9, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

St. Clair County GOP chair says Rauner is the best candidate for governor; Ives campaign claims Rauner is unelectable

By John Sammon | Feb 10, 2018

BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County Republican chairwoman Barbara Viviano said only incumbent Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner can defeat Democrat contender J.B. Pritzker this November and that Rauner’s Republican challenger Jeanne Ives is unelectable.

District court judge denies part of DOJ motion for summary judgment in white supremacist's FOIA case

By Karen Kidd | Feb 12, 2018

BENTON – A district court judge recently denied in part a U.S. Department of Justice motion for partial summary judgment in the Freedom of Information Act request of imprisoned white supremacist William A. White.

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