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Gibbons’ arms-length argument in raid of Prenzler administration fails to persuade, transcript shows

By Record News | Jun 19, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE – Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons, who started an investigation into county board chairman Kurt Prenzler and created a task force for it, lost an argument that the investigation and the task force weren’t his.

Appellate justice in 'full campaign mode' as he seeks election to seat on the bench

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

Justice David Overstreet, who seeks election to a seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court, says he is in full campaign mode ahead of the November election.

Illinois' adoption of uniform bar exam welcomed by law faculties, students, alumni

By John Breslin | Jun 15, 2018

Students attending law schools in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri are welcoming with some thrill the much anticipated decision by Illinois to adopt the uniform bar examination, according to law professors in two institutions on either side of the river.

Yandle denies class certification in suit alleging faulty part from AutoZone

By John Sammon | Jun 13, 2018

A federal judge has denied a motion for class certification in a case stemming from allegations of a faulty auto part, according to a memorandum and order filed on June 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.

Visiting judge finds conflict of interest exists in MC raid case; Notes ease of indictment in 'ham sandwich' remark

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 12, 2018

Visiting Associate Judge Jerry Crisel of the Second Judicial Circuit concluded that a conflict of interest does exist in regards to a raid at the county administration building five months ago.

Belleville attorney’s ARDC censure comes after clean 37-year record

By Record News | Jun 12, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – Belleville attorney George Ripplinger was censured by the Illinois Supreme Court on May 24, about a year after appellate judges affirmed sanctions against him and client Vikki Henley of Metropolis.

Herndon grants plaintiffs’ move to put Hale discovery in public domain; State Farm calls it a media ploy to manufacture stories

By Record News | Jun 11, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Discovery documents in a $10 billion suit against State Farm belong in the public record, U.S. District Judge David Herndon ruled on June 11.

Murder suspect's attorney ready to move forward with trial; Kimble: 'I have everything I think I need'

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 11, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Counsel for murder suspect David Fields on Friday told St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida that she is ready to move forward with the scheduled pre-trial conference next month.

From Legal Newsline

Art imitates life: 'Billions' describes six-figure, part-time jobs on asbestos trusts

By Daniel Fisher | Jun 7, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) - The third season of the wildly popular show "Billions" premiered in March with a mention of an oddly arcane subject: asbestos bankruptcy trusts. The dialogue coming out of the mouth of prosecutor Chuck Rhodes, played by Paul Giamatti, becomes a little less mysterious when you look at who wrote it, however.

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Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS could unleash lawsuit torrent vs sellers over taxes

By Dan Churney | Jun 7, 2018

Nickel & Dime: eBay, online retailers warn SCOTUS ruling could unleash torrent of lawsuits accusing sellers over taxes

St. Clair County woman files six false advertisement class actions; Four filed in roughly one month

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jun 6, 2018

A St. Clair County woman has filed six class action lawsuits against manufacturers for allegedly falsely advertising their products through an attorney known for filing “unnatural” class actions.

Duebbert’s attorney moves for sanctions in dispute with insurer

By Record News | Jun 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE - St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ron Duebbert, whose motorcycle crashed in Florida last October, told his insurer that witnesses said he flew 150 feet and rolled 200 fee

Former judge Murphy seeks 60 times more in fees than jury verdict in Mounds police abuse case

By Record News | Jun 5, 2018

BENTON – For a $2,500 jury verdict against a policeman, Patrick Murphy of Marion and Shari Rohde of Carbondale seek $155,679 in fees at the U.S. district court where Murphy presided as judge for 15 years.

State legislature passes bill that reshapes Republican-controlled board in Metro-East

By Ann Maher | Jun 5, 2018

Democrat lawmakers pushed a bill through Springfield last week that will reshape a local government board under Republican control.

From Cook County Record

Appeals judges: Chicago not right court for John Crane's asbestos fraud RICO claims vs Simon Greenstone, Shein Law

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 4, 2018

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has agreed industrial seals and couplings maker John Crane Inc. should be afforded the chance to air its claims two law firms allegedly engaged in racketeering and fraud in the way they pressed asbestos-related personal injury claims against the company in the past. However, the judges also agreed with lower court judges that Chicago federal court is not the right place for John Crane can pursue its claims.

Mautino's wife arrested for beating up woman at bar; Told police she'd do it again

By Record News | Jun 4, 2018

SPRING VALLEY – Lena Alfano, wife of Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, shoved a woman out of a bar and held her down on a sidewalk until a friend of the victim pushed Alfano off, according to police.

From Legal Newsline

No quit in trial bar after SCOTUS ruling, still filing lawsuits in favorite courts

By John O'Brien | Jun 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Since last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to forum-shopping personal injury attorneys, companies threatened with sprawling, 50-state litigation have not been forced into defending cases all over the country.

Retired Madison County judge sues Alton pub over trip, fall

By Lhalie Castillo | Jun 1, 2018

EDWARDSVILLE — Retired Madison County judge Ralph J. Mendelsohn is suing Morrison's Irish Pub after he allegedly fell on uneven steps.

From Cook County Record

IL Bar Assn: State overreach threatens ability of property tax lawyers to work; State: Lawyers can't be appraisers

By Jonathan Bilyk | May 31, 2018

A Cook County judge could soon weigh in on a legal fight between Illinois’ largest association of lawyers and a state regulatory agency, over the question of whether that state agency has the authority to effectively bar Illinois property tax lawyers from offering estimates of a property’s value when representing property owners before a state or county property tax appeal board.

St. Clair County Associate Judge Brandon to resign July 2; Second vacancy filled while LeChien’s seat remains empty

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | May 31, 2018

St. Clair County Associate judge Walter C. Brandon Jr. will resign July 2, roughly one year before his current four-year terms was set to expire in June 2019.

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