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IL Supreme Court: Ex-wife can't use past temp injunction to stop husband's sons from getting his IRA

By Scott Holland | Jan 28, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says a man had the right to name his children the rightful heirs of his retirement funds, even though his ex-wife contended a court order in place during divorce proceedings should have prevented it.

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IL Supreme Court: No actual harm needed to sue businesses for scanning fingerprints, other biometric IDs

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 25, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court says an Illinois privacy law doesn’t require plaintiffs to prove they were actually harmed before suing businesses and others who scan and store their fingerprints or other so-called biometric identifiers. And the decision will give a green light to dozens of class action lawsuits already pending against businesses of all sizes in the state’s courts, with even more likely to follow.

Cerro Copper asks Fifth District to delay pollution trial 35 days after request denied in St. Clair County

By Record News | Jan 22, 2019

MOUNT VERNON – Metal recycler Cerro Copper has asked Fifth District appellate judges to delay a pollution trial for 35 days, claiming a swap of trial dates between St. Clair County judges made proper preparation impossible.

Fifth District rejects murderer's plea for post-conviction relief

By John Breslin | Jan 21, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ill. -- A convicted murderer has failed in his appeal for post conviction relief and a reduction of his 20-year sentence.

Fifth District overturns bench trial ruling in suit alleging man fatally hit pedestrian

By Chandra Lye | Jan 18, 2019

The Fifth District Appellate court has overturned a decision out of the Madison County Circuit Court in a suit involving a fatal collision with a pedestrian, arguing that the circuit court relied on information that had not been part of the trial.

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Appeals court: No rehearing for class action vs SEIU to obtain $32M refund of illegal fees

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jan 8, 2019

A federal appeals panel in Chicago has rejected the request by a group of home caregivers for a new hearing to reconsider the courts’ prior decisions denying them the opportunity to bring a class action to recover nearly $32 million they accuse a union of unconstitutionally taking from them under a state law invalidated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

Fifth District upholds conviction on protective order violation; Prosecutor's motion to withdraw granted

By Carrie Salls | Dec 24, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – A woman's conviction for violation of a protective order was upheld on an appeal that the Office of the State Appellate Defendant (OSAD) had argued "lacks merit."

Fifth District orders new trial for man convicted of murder

By Charmaine Little | Dec 24, 2018

MT. VERNON, Ill. —A man convicted of first-degree murder will get a new trial after the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court agreed with him that the jury should have been given instructions on his self-defense argument Nov. 19.

Seventh Circuit sides with Deutsche Bank in terror conspiracy claim for fallen soldier

By Record News | Dec 18, 2018

CHICAGO – Deutsche Bank helped Iran avoid sanctions over its sponsorship of terror but that doesn’t mean the bank conspired to spread terror, Seventh Circuit appeals judges ruled on Dec. 12.

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Appeals panel: Federal judge wrong to deny Boeing military contractor defense in asbestos suit

By Dan Churney | Dec 17, 2018

A Chicago federal appeals court has overridden a downstate federal judge, who sent an ex-Boeing worker’s asbestos suit against the company back to state court, saying the case belongs under federal jurisdiction because Boeing claims the federal government was in control of its bomber production and knew the danger of asbestos was involved.

Fifth District: Man accused of assaulting girlfriend got proper counsel

By Charmaine Little | Dec 7, 2018

MT. VERNON—Despite the claims of a man who was convicted of domestic battery, he was not deprived of efficient counsel in his bench trial, the Fifth District Appellate Court determined on Nov. 19.

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IL Supreme Court questions whether mom must prove 'harm' to sue over teen's Six Flags fingerprint scan

By Jonathan Bilyk | Nov 20, 2018

Illinois Supreme Court justices appeared to take a dim view of assertions by a lawyer for Six Flags that a mother can't sue the theme park operator after the company required him to scan his fingerprints to use his park season pass, even though she had not provided consent.

Workers' compensation lawsuit dismissed for lack of appellate jurisdiction

By Mary Ann Magnell | Nov 18, 2018

MT. VERNON, Ill.— An appellate court recently dismissed a lawsuit for lack of appellate jurisdiction in a 2014 worker's compensation claim case under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act (Act) against Bi-State Development Agency, doing business as Metro Transit.

Despite claims of ineffective counsel, court affirms conviction on murder case

By Gabriel Neves | Nov 16, 2018

MT. VERNON -- The first-degree murder conviction of a St. Clair County man was affirmed by the court, despite claims of ineffective legal counseling.

Appellate court reverses Rudolf, orders new trial on medication overdose case

By Gabriel Neves | Oct 22, 2018

A minor who suffered an overdose of a prescribed medication due to a pharmacy's error will receive a new trial, an appellate court ruled.

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