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Motorist seeks court fees following $1,000 jury verdict

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 10, 2018

A motorist seeks an assessment of costs after a Madison County jury awarded him just $1,000 and Circuit Judge David Dugan denied his request for a new trial in a suit involving a 2011 Michigan crash.

Police report shows treasurer stole nearly $70K; Auditor for levee district didn't catch missing funds

By Record News | Dec 7, 2018

According to a police report, Wood River Drainage and Levee District Secretary and Treasurer Jamie Butkovich stole $67,661.41 from the District from March 2017 to September 2018, spending it at various bars, casinos and craft stores.

Body of murder victim Silas had been moved, expert testifies on fourth day of Fields’ trial

By Record News | Dec 7, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Bloodstains in the room where Carl Silas died show he died directly below the ceiling rather than in bed, expert witness Michael Knox told jurors in the trial of murder suspect David Fields on Dec. 6.

From Legal Newsline

Study undermines key theory behind talc asbestos lawsuits

By Daniel Fisher | Dec 5, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Plaintiff experts who testify that even extremely low levels of asbestos exposure can cause cancer may be in trouble after a study of some 2 million women found no difference between urban and rural residents in the rate of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the chest lining that is normally associated with asbestos.

Fields' attorney calls investigation of Carl Silas murder 'subpar'; Trial continues in St. Clair Co.

By Record News | Dec 5, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Defense attorney Ryan Neal told St. Clair County jurors in opening arguments on Tuesday that victim Carl Silas was moved after the murder.

Gori arrested for DUI in Edwardsville on eve of Thanksgiving; expected to appear in court Wednesday

By Record News | Dec 5, 2018

Asbestos attorney Randy Gori is expected to appear in court Wednesday morning on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Fields’ lawyers to argue that body of murder victim was moved; testimony to begin Tuesday

By Record News | Dec 4, 2018

“Our theory is that the entire story (Jamie) Lott and the family derived was a lie based on scientific evidence,” defense attorney Brittany Kimble said during pre-trial proceedings Monday.

Madison, St. Clair Counties ranked eighth on ‘Judicial Hellholes’ list

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 4, 2018

Madison and St. Clair Counties are again considered two of the worst jurisdictions in the nation according to the American Tort Reform Foundation’s annual Judicial Hellholes Report.

Prosecutor drops late-arriving blood spatter report in second Fields trial

By Record News | Dec 3, 2018

BELLEVILLE - On the first morning of the second murder trial of David Fields, special prosecutor Charles Colburn withdrew a blood spatter report that he obtained after the first trial ended in July.

Crowder denies motions to reconsider bench trial ruling; Former Roth Law attorney awarded $84K in fee sharing suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Dec 3, 2018

Days before former Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder retired from the bench, she denied several motions to reconsider an $84,378.81 award she entered in favor of a former Roth Law attorney following a bench trial in a fee-sharing dispute.

Township moves toward setting levy to $0, but calls for returning surplus to taxpayers resisted

By John Breslin | Nov 30, 2018

Collinsville Township Board of Trustees is moving towards a levy of zero next year, but a majority of its board members are resisting calls to deliver surplus money back to tax payers.

Fields prosecutor delivers new test results after repeatedly telling judge discovery was complete

By Record News | Nov 30, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A blood spatter analysis in the murder of Carl Silas wasn't ordered until three weeks after the first trial of David Fields ended in a mistrial in July.

Class certification hearing set in suit over Alton grass-cutting liens

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 29, 2018

A hearing on class certification has been set for next week in a lawsuit alleging the City of Alton failed to deliver grass-cutting liens personally or by certified mail.

House override spikes Court of Claims cap from $100,000 to $2 million

By Kyla Asbury | Nov 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a bill that raised the award cap from $100,000 to $2 million for tort cases against the state that are litigated in the Illinois Court of Claims has been overridden.

Outgoing Sen. Clayborne draws down campaign funds in airfare and hotel expenditures

By Record News | Nov 28, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator James Clayborne, whose campaign fund held about $200,000 when he announced his retirement, has drained much of that amount on travel.

Matoesian out on leave since Labor Day

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 28, 2018

Madison County chief judge David Hylla confirmed that circuit judge Andreas Matoesian has been off the bench for unspecified reasons since Labor Day.

St. Clair County circuit judge Fiss remembered for tough sentences and devotion to family, friends

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Nov 28, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Jan Fiss is remembered as a devoted family man and an impartial judge who gave out tough sentences.

Asbestos defendants advised to discern potential BAP1 gene link in claimants

By John Breslin | Nov 27, 2018

Attendees at a recent conference on asbestos litigation were advised to ask claimants about the history of cancer in families, and potentially then ask for a test because of the link between some mesothelioma cases and potential genetic factors.

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