News from September 2018

Gilbert grants summary judgment to AstraZeneca in Seroquel lawsuit

By John Sammon | Sep 27, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Sept. 19 granted summary judgment to a pharmaceuticals company, disagreeing that a drug it manufactured caused an Illinois man to suffer heart complications.

Herndon rejects woman’s racial discrimination, wrongful termination lawsuit against SIUE

By John Sammon | Sep 27, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on Sept. 19 awarded summary judgment to officials of Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in a lawsuit filed by an employee who alleged race discrimination in her termination as a building facilities manager.

Suit alleges manufacturers never warned about asbestos dangers

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 27, 2018

Nearly two dozen manufacturing companies face a lawsuit from a man claiming asbestos caused his cancer.

Fifth District affirms conviction in murder of Washington Park mayor

By Charmaine Little | Sep 27, 2018

MT. VERNON –– The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a conviction in the first-degree murder of Washington Park Mayor John Thornton.

Driver alleges injuries from Edwardsville Road collision

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 27, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A motorist is suing another driver for allegedly causing a crash on Edwardsville Road.

Mother of minor injured in police pursuit of stolen vehicle seeks to dismiss third-party complaint

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 27, 2018

The mother of a minor who was injured as a passenger in a stolen vehicle during a police pursuit seeks to dismiss or sever the City of Madison’s “sham” third-party complaint against the driver from her “very real” claim.

Levee district secretary/treasurer charged with theft and official misconduct

By Ann Maher | Sep 27, 2018

Wood River Levee District secretary and treasurer Jamie L. Butkovich, 37, has been charged with theft of between $10,000 and $100,000 and official misconduct, amid reports that at least one employee of the district was having "paycheck problems."

Drivers sued following fatal crash on Shipman Road

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Sep 27, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — Two drivers are accused of causing a fatal collision in Polk Township.

From Legal Newsline

Opioid lawyers say settlement may hinge on forcing plaintiffs into class action

By Dan Fisher | Sep 28, 2018

A settlement binding all potential plaintiffs may be the only practical way of ending nearly 2,000 lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of addictive opioid painkillers, said plaintiff lawyers attending a conference on opioid litigation this week.

From Cook County Record

Choosing a hat: Proposal seeks to ease home closing costs by rewriting rules for IL lawyers who sell title insurance

By Jonathan Bilyk | Sep 28, 2018

A new legislative proposal would force real estate lawyers in Illinois who also serve as title insurance agents to 'choose which hat they will wear' in a home sale transaction, in a bid to reduce the typical closing costs paid by Illinois homeowners, and bring those costs more in line with the national average. But the proposal has drawn fire from lawyers and their associations, accusing supporters of the bill of unfairly 'scapegoating' lawyers for Illinois' relatively more expensive title insurance costs.

Maune Raichle retained as special litigation counsel in Bestwall bankruptcy proceeding

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 28, 2018

Local asbestos firm Maune Raichle Hartley French & Mudd is among four plaintiff’s firms acting as special litigation counsel on medical science matters in Bestwall LLC’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding.

Former welder alleges asbestos-related lung cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Sep 28, 2018

A former welder blames a host of manufacturing companies for his lung cancer.

Man accuses debt collector of harassment

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Sep 28, 2018

BENTON — A man is suing a debt collector for allegedly repeatedly calling his cell phone.

Passenger sues over Wood River collision

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Sep 28, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — A passenger is suing a motorist for allegedly causing a rear-end collision in Wood River.

Alorton Mayor Reed arrested again on felony charges over Sept. 15 use of police car

By Record News | Sep 29, 2018

Alorton Mayor Jo Ann Reed was arrested Friday on charges stemming from her alleged use of a police car with its spotlight and red and blue lights activated eastbound on I-64 near Highway 157 on Sept. 15.

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