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Fifth District affirms circuit court's ruling in estate dispute

By Chandra Lye | Feb 14, 2019

MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a circuit court decision in a complaint involving the division of an estate.

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Proponents of venue reform say out-of-state claimants have 'gamed' St. Louis city courts

By Record News | Feb 14, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – Speaking for the Missouri Association of Trial Lawyers in opposing a bill that would tighten jurisdiction over civil suits, injury attorney Brett Emison argued that cities produce better trials because jurors have time and resources to sit for weeks, whereas jury prospects in rural counties have to get their crops in.

Bankruptcy judge denies motion to dismiss Bestwall’s Chapter 11 case; Beyer: Bestwall’s case ‘wrongfully motivated’ but justified by ‘sufficient financial distress’

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 14, 2019

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Bankruptcy judge Laura T. Beyer said Bestwall LLC’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition under Section 524(g) was “wrongfully motivated” but denied the Official Committee of Asbestos Claimants' motion to dismiss for filing in bad faith.

Plaintiffs in mass pollution case agree to stay Cerro trial for Monsanto good faith finding

By Record News | Feb 12, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson has ordered Monsanto to move for a finding of good faith in its $21 million mass settlement of pollution claims.

Madison County jury reaches defense verdict in patient’s suit alleging lacerated bladder

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 12, 2019

A Madison County jury returned a verdict in favor of St. Anthony’s Medical Center and a physician in a medical malpractice suit alleging a patient’s bladder was lacerated during a laproscopy procedure.

JIB complaints have resulted in 10 censures, 25 reprimands since creation in 1970

By Record News | Feb 12, 2019

SPRINGFIELD – Some judges fall to the Judicial Inquiry Board (JIB), some rise above it, and some suffer consequence in a single word.

Objector to $250 million State Farm settlement wants to know why wife of former federal judge is entitled to fees

By Record News | Feb 11, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – Class action objector Lisa Marlow of Tennessee, appealing an $80 million fee for class action lawyers who sued State Farm, wants to know how much attorney Patricia Murphy of Marion would get and why she should get it.

Special prosecutor picked to handle Wigginton's first DUI, is assigned to second one

By Record News | Feb 8, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE – Special prosecutor David Rands, who handled a drunk driving ticket against former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton, will do it again.

Smith to preside over civil case in law division; Plaintiff awarded $50K in arbitration

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 8, 2019

Madison County Circuit Judge Sarah Smith will preside over a case management conference Feb. 15 in a suit involving a Madison collision in which the plaintiff was awarded $50,000 in arbitration in June.

Landowners near polluted Hartford want lawsuit against 3,500 defendants delayed another year

By Record News | Feb 7, 2019

BENTON – Owners of land south of Hartford who sued 3,500 defendants over pollution and froze the proceedings for a year have asked for another year.

Yandle sets hearing for next month in 'false claim' opioid suit DOJ wants dismissed

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 6, 2019

District Judge Staci Yandle set a motion hearing for next month to address a U.S. attorney’s motion to dismiss an opioid suit against drug maker UCB and retailer CVS that he claims wasted the government’s time.

Sheriff Watson must face wrongful death claims over jailed detainee’s suicide

By Record News | Feb 5, 2019

BENTON – St. Clair County Sheriff Rick Watson must defend wrongful death claims from the suicide of Joshua Jurcich, U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle ruled on Jan. 29.

Eighteen judges have overcome JIB complaints, including one who ordered jail time for court spectator wearing 'bitch' t-shirt

By Record News | Feb 5, 2019

SPRINGFIELD – Eighteen judges have overcome Judicial Inquiry Board complaints like the one St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert faces before the Illinois Courts Commission.

McCarter: national security, economic development factor prominently in role as ambassador to Kenya

By Ann Maher | Feb 4, 2019

As former Illinois state senator Kyle McCarter prepares to assume the role as U.S. ambassador to Kenya, terrorist threats in the eastern African nation remain heightened three weeks after a deadly attack at a Nairobi hotel and office complex.

From Legal Newsline

Ahead of talc test, NYC judge gives good news to asbestos defendants

By Daniel Fisher | Feb 1, 2019

The January 31 decision could have especially strong implications for lawsuits over talcum powder

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Class action vs Allstate over rates can continue; Company, not state, set rates, appeals court says

By Dan Churney | Jan 31, 2019

In a split decision, an Illinois appeals panel has stripped Allstate Insurance of its defenses against a class action, which alleged the company unfairly billed long-term auto policyholders more than it charged new ones, saying Illinois insurers can’t protect their rates from lawsuits, because their rates are not controlled by the Illinois Department of Insurance.

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