While Madison County has seen an uptick in asbestos lawsuits filed at the Edwardsville courthouse, medical malpractice lawsuit filings are down and class action cases are holding firm.

Last year, 17 medical malpractice lawsuits had been filed by June 30.

This year, that number is down by half, with only eight med mal suits currently filed.

There were five class action suits filed in 2009 up to the mid-year mark. Four have been filed up to June 30 this year.

The Madison County Circuit Clerk's office released the mid-year lawsuit filings and foreclosure numbers Thursday.

While medical malpractice suit filings rose dramatically throughout the 1990s and early part of this century, the number of filings have been trending downwards in recent years.

Madison County's four 2010 class actions are a diverse bunch.

The suits range from a class action filed by an Edwardsville real estate company against First Cloverleaf Bank over allegedly skewed interest rates to a class action filed by two Madison County residents against the owner of the Blimpie restaurant chain.

In the Blimpie class action, the plaintiffs contend that the chain did not deliver on its promise to double stack meat portions.

Neighboring St. Clair County has had even fewer filings this year, with six medical malpractice suits filed from Jan. 1 to July 2.

Only two class action suits have been filed to date in St. Clair County.

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