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Mikal Watts defeats competitor's lawsuit that claims he misled farmers who wanted to sue Syngenta

By John Severance | Mar 27, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Legal Newsline) – A federal judge in Kansas has dismissed a lawsuit brought against plaintiffs attorney Mikal Watts by one of his competitors who cried foul over the recruitment of farmers to sue Syngenta.

Client accuses health care company of overcharging for medical records

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 27, 2019

BELLEVILLE — An East St. Louis woman is suing a health care company, alleging she was overcharged for medical records.

Rosenstengel dismisses class action against Chrysler over alleged sludge

By Record News | Mar 27, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – U. S District Judge Nancy Rosenstengel dismissed a class action complaint over Chrysler warranties on March 18, and questioned her jurisdiction over a remaining claim of consumer fraud.

Proposed class action claiming State Farm depreciated labor, materials in ACV calculation heads to Fifth District

By Record News | Mar 26, 2019

SPRINGFIELD – The Supreme Court has ordered the Fifth District appellate court to let State Farm appeal a decision of Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge in a potential class action.

Tech firm accused of saving biometric data without employee's consent

By Carrie Bradon | Mar 22, 2019

EDWARDSVILLE — An employee is suing a technology business, alleging her fingerprints were saved without her consent.

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Multidistrict litigation swamps courts as rules struggle to catch up; Is reform on the way?

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 21, 2019

Multidistrict litigation – sprawling cases sometimes involving thousands of plaintiffs from all over the country – now represents more than half of the civil caseload in federal courts, according to a new survey, yet defendants complain the rules governing them are largely judge-made and haphazardly enforced.

Lawyer against Just for Men seeks to keep jurisdiction in Southern District of Illinois

By Ann Maher | Mar 19, 2019

BENTON – To preserve jurisdiction over 8,655 claims of injury from Just for Men hair dye, John Driscoll of St. Louis proposes to treat four defendants as one.

Subpoena hangs over Uconnect class action; Lead plaintiff seeks records from friend at dealership

By Record News | Mar 6, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – Belleville city attorney Brian Flynn trusted the Federico family to sell him a Jeep but served a subpoena for their records after one of them wouldn’t help him find plaintiffs for a class action against Chrysler.

Paraquat suit against Syngenta, BIPA class action against nursing home land in Hoerner’s court

By Record News | Mar 5, 2019

BELLEVILLE – Rookie Associate Judge Kevin Hoerner holds in his hands two cases that other St. Clair County judges turned loose like hot potatoes.

Rosenstengel denied dismissal in suit alleging workers were not given proper termination notices

By Charmaine Little | Mar 4, 2019

BENTON. -- District judge Nancy Rosenstengel denied a motion to dismiss filed by two companies sued in a class action alleging they negated their workers' proper termination notices.

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Merger of St. Louis city-county would dissolve court where mass litigation has taken root

By Record News | Mar 4, 2019

ST. LOUIS - Merger of St. Louis city and county would shut down one of the nation’s most wide open courts, as the 22nd Judicial District would cease to exist under the current “Metro City” merger plan.

Lead plaintiff in Uconnect class action offered happy hour for new magistrate that would preside in case

By Record News | Feb 28, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – Brian Flynn, city attorney of Belleville and plaintiff in a class action against Chrysler, offered to throw a happy hour reception for a new U.S. magistrate judge who would come to preside over discovery in his case.

IL SC to hear parents' class action seeking compensation for lead test paid for entirely by Medicaid

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Feb 28, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear a class action in which the parents of minor children who underwent lead toxicity testing claim they should be able to recover damages for the cost of the tests even though they were paid for entirely by Medicaid.

Objector wants ‘clandestine interactions’ with court divulged in Hale v. State Farm fee dispute

By Record News | Feb 26, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – A class action objector pressing for disclosure of Trish Murphy’s fee from a $250 million settlement with State Farm, argues that a brief from Murphy’s colleagues proved that the fee belongs in the public record.

New judge in Just for Men class action must sort out jurisdictional puzzle

By Record News | Feb 25, 2019

EAST ST. LOUIS – Former U.S. District Judge David Herndon presided over 8,655 claims of injury from Just for Men hair dye for two and a half years, and now that he is retired, District Judge Staci Yandle must solve a jurisdictional puzzle.

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