MOUNT VERNON -- The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed a circuit court decision in a complaint involving the division of an estate.
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’
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.
Missouri lawmakers seek to limit out-of-state plaintiffs suing in St. Louis where huge verdicts have resulted
Legislation aimed at joinder of suits
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.
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.
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
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.
Heard on video: 'I'll get you later' and 'Shut up, lady'
EDWARDSVILLE – Special prosecutor David Rands, who handled a drunk driving ticket against former U.S. attorney Stephen Wigginton, will do it again.
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.
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.
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.
Parents could be fined for causing distress
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
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.
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.
Former employee alleged she was fired for whistle-blowing
The January 31 decision could have especially strong implications for lawsuits over talcum powder
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.