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Second suit filed against tractor trailer driver over fatal Thanksgiving crash on I-55

EDWARDSVILLE - Clayton attorneys with Buchanan, Williams & O’Brien PC filed a wrongful death suit in the Madison County Circuit Court on behalf of the estate of a Missouri State Southern University student who was killed when a truck driver caused a multi-vehicle crash on I-55 in November.

Voter turnout in judicial circuits ranges from 16-31 percent; Democrats have stronger showing in Madison, St. Clair

Voter turnout in counties of the Third and Twentieth Judicial Circuits ranged from a low of approximately 16 percent in Monroe to a high of 31 percent in Washington.

Life after the Chicago Bears: Ex-players have collected $12.8M in Workers' Comp since 2000

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Former Bears running back Matt Forte racked up $43 million in pay before retiring after the 2017-18 season at age 32 because of knee injuries. Now, Forte is trying to get money for those injuries through the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Ruocco wins Republican nomination for circuit court vacancy

Attorney Katherine Ruocco of Swansea has won the Republican nomination for a circuit wide vacancy at the Twentieth Judicial Circuit over Marissa attorney Marshall Hilmes by a margin of 61 to 39 percent.

Sales tax increase proposal in Madison County soundly defeated

A proposal to increase sales tax by 1 percent in Madison County appears to have gone down in defeat for the third time in seven years.

Incumbent county board member Dalton defeats challenger in Dem primary battle

Madison County Board member Liz Dalton has defeated challenger Alexis Hitt for the Democrat nomination to a County Board seat covering Collinsville in District 28.

Plaintiffs in Hale v State Farm claim Karmeier-provided timeline will prove case; Trial set to start May 7

EAST ST. LOUIS – Plaintiffs who claim State Farm tainted the Illinois Supreme Court through Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier say that a timeline he gave to a news reporter in 2015 revealed corruption.

Asbestos report shows St. Clair County taking spot on list of 'top 10' jurisdictions; 96 percent are lung cancer cases

While the number of new asbestos cases in hotspot jurisdictions across the country is declining overall - and in all types of diseases - the docket in St. Clair County is surging almost exclusively with lung cancer cases.

Granite City attorney Anthony R. Jumper appointed associate judge in Third Judicial Circuit

Attorney Anthony R. Jumper was selected to serve as an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, filling the vacancy left by former Associate Judge Luther Simmons’ retirement.

Threat of sanctions lifted as trial against road builders gets under way in Benton

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle forgave defendants for filing a frivolous motion as trial approached, finding they acted in desperation and not in bad faith.

Wind power business granted expedited approval by ICC knocked down by appellate court

MOUNT VERNON – Illinois commerce commissioners improperly expedited an application for a wind power line 203 miles long, Fifth District appellate judges ruled on March 13.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

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ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

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AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

Cook County judge to determine what to do with Patton votes

CHICAGO – Republican voters in the 56th Senate district can mark their ballots for Hal Patton in the March 20 primary, but those ballots won’t do him any good.

Staples and politics in Madison County: Ballot access survivor will be tested in primary

Election laws sometimes can produce unfair results even when all that a civic minded citizen wants to do is fulfill a noble purpose - public service. A lawyer familiar with ballot access case law sees it this way: "They are the rules that we all live with, and the rules are the rules."

N.Y. opioid litigation won't be stayed; Lawyers seeking 1,000 more county-plaintiffs

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) - A New York judge has refused to stay lawsuits by a number of New York counties against opioid manufacturers and distributors, rejecting arguments that the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t yet determined whether narcotic painkillers are unnecessarily dangerous - a central question in any litigation.

Post-trial settlement reached following $3.75M verdict in medical malpractice suit

After a St. Clair County jury awarded a mother and her daughter $3.75 million following the third trial attempt in a medical malpractice suit alleging hypoxia and fetal depression during birth, the parties announced that they had reached a post-trial settlement.

St. Clair County circuit clerk opposes summary judgment, says duty to mail court orders does not exist

St. Clair County Circuit Clerk Kahalah Clay says a man has “morphed” her duty to provide a docket sheet into a duty to mail court orders in a suit alleging she failed to notify him that his suit against the City of Belleville had been dismissed.

Gibbons responds to request for outside prosecutor: 'No conflict of interest exists'

Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons says no conflict exists between him and officials whose offices were raided in January, and that they are mistaken for asserting that he applied for search warrants that allowed for the raid to take place.

Trial starts March 19 in road contractors’ fraud case; Yandle again rejects Murphy report

BENTON – U.S. District Judge Staci Yandle rejected expert testimony of former district judge Patrick Murphy about two weeks before he would have testified for road builders defending a fraud claim.