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Money for nothing: SCOTUS could stop class action funds from being steered to non-parties

By Daniel Fisher | Nov 1, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that could end cy pres, the practice of steering money in class action settlements to organizations with absolutely no connection to the underlying lawsuit.

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Report: Surging securities class actions over corporate M&A, 'adverse events,' a growing 'litigation racket'

By Jonathan Bilyk | Oct 25, 2018

Saying the trend carries substantial costs for investors and the entire economy, a new report is calling for reforms to tamp down on the growing surge in the number of so-called securities class action lawsuits filed against companies over mergers, acquisitions or stock price drops - a phenomenon the report author called a "litigation racket."

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Time running out for lawyers suing opioid industry to show specific proof

By Daniel Fisher | Oct 20, 2018

The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against the opioid industry has given plaintiffs a stark choice on a tight deadline: Hand over evidence of specific prescriptions they believe were improper or lose the right to present such evidence forever.

Class counsel in Hale v. State Farm seek $90 million in fees and costs from $250 million settlement

By Record News | Oct 19, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Lawyers who settled a $10 billion racketeering claim against State Farm for $250 million seek about $90 million in fees and costs.

Gleeson delays indefinitely Monsanto, Cerro Copper trial involving thousands of pollution claims

By Record News | Oct 18, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Chief Circuit Judge Andrew Gleeson, who had set the first of many pollution trials involving Monsanto and Cerro Copper to be taking place while voters decided whether to retain him, postponed it in August and delayed it indefinitely on Oct. 3.

Lawyers representing plaintiffs in Sauget pollution suit reduce fee from 40 to 26.5 percent

By Record News | Oct 9, 2018

BELLEVILLE – Lawyers who lowered the expectations of 11,256 clients in a pollution suit against Monsanto and Cerro Copper lowered their fee as a result.

Supreme Court denies leave to appeal decision raising doubts on $10 million Monsanto settlement

By Record News | Oct 1, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied leave to appeal an order questioning a $10 million settlement of 11,256 pollution claims against Monsanto in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

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Opioid lawyers say settlement may hinge on forcing plaintiffs into class action

By Dan Fisher | Sep 28, 2018

A settlement binding all potential plaintiffs may be the only practical way of ending nearly 2,000 lawsuits against manufacturers, distributors and retailers of addictive opioid painkillers, said plaintiff lawyers attending a conference on opioid litigation this week.

Trial to be set after dispositive motions decided in Madison County bid-rigging suit

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 20, 2018

Fayette County judge J. Marc Kelly pushed back a hearing to set a trial date in a suit involving an alleged Madison County bid-rigging conspiracy until after motions to dismiss and for summary judgment are decided.

Defendant accused in bid rigging scheme responds to plaintiffs’ motion to set a trial date

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Sep 13, 2018

Auctioneer James Foley, who is accused of participating in a bid-rigging conspiracy with former Madison County Treasurer Fred Bathon, argues that a hearing should be postponed until the plaintiffs establish a class notice plan and respond to numerous motions seeking summary judgment

Calling Karmeier to witness stand might have risked plaintiffs’ case

By Record News | Sep 12, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – Class action lawyers may have taken a risk by calling Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier to the stand in their trial against State Farm, according to an article published in 2013 by Corporate Counsel magazine.

Too many peanuts and not enough 'real' nuts in Walgreen's mixed nuts, class action claims

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Sep 12, 2018

Walgreen Company faces a class-action lawsuit from a customer who alleges the pharmacy chain misrepresented the amount of peanuts in its bags of mixed nuts.

State Farm could have argued other companies wanted Karmeier on court because of asbestos, class actions

By Record News | Sep 11, 2018

EAST ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge David Herndon gave class action lawyers many tools to damage Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier and State Farm, but on the eve of trial he opened a hole in the class’s armor.

Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

Wood River faces class action lawsuit over property liens

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 24, 2018

Wood River city officials did not properly serve property owners when recording liens against their land, a new lawsuit claims.

Class action over Chrysler's uConnect technology stayed pending appeal

By William Sassani | Aug 8, 2018

A federal judge put a class action lawsuit against Chrysler on hold pending appeal.

Consumer accuses Ocean Spray Cranberries of false advertising

By Angelica Saylo Pilo | Aug 6, 2018

Ocean Spray Cranberries' cranberry juice continas sugar and preservatives despite a label advertising otherwise, a St. Clair County woman claims in a class action lawsuit.

St. Clair County resident accuses Ginger Ale maker of false merchandising practices

By Lhalie Castillo | Jul 30, 2018

A St. Clair County resident seeks class action status over her claims that Canada Dry Ginger Ale is not made with real ginger.

Class action against insurers over interest on work comp payments continues

By John Breslin | Jul 17, 2018

A federal court refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging insurance companies unlawfully withheld interest on payments for services provided through workers' compensation.

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