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Fifth District reverses Stobbs on asbestos jurisdiction ruling; Goldenhersh dissents

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jul 16, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court on Thursday reversed Madison County Associate Judge Stephen Stobbs’ order denying Ford Motor Company’s motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction in an asbestos case.

Appellate court affirms convictions for predatory criminal sexual assault

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

MT. VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed convictions on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault carried out by a man on his 5-year-old great niece.

Seventh Circuit reverses Reagan’s denial of attorney fees in civil rights trial

By Record News | Jul 5, 2018

CHICAGO – Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Reagan of East St. Louis improperly denied fees to Judith Redwood of St. Joseph (Champaign County) after her client won a civil rights trial, Seventh Circuit appellate judges ruled on June 29.

Appellate court affirms lower court’s order to continue treatment for man convicted of first-degree murder

By Sandra Lane | Jul 5, 2018

MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed a ruling of St. Clair County Circuit Judge Robert Haida in remanding a man convicted of murder to the custody of the Department of Human Services for continuing treatment.

At Janus oral arguments, lawyer for AFSCME predicted members would strike if no longer compelled to pay fees

By Record News | Jun 30, 2018

WASHINGTON – Taxpayers should brace for strikes now that government unions can no longer compel members to pay agency fees for political campaigns, attorney David Frederick said last December arguing for unions before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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US Supreme Court: Forced collection of 'fair share' union fees unconstitutional, violates workers' free speech rights

By Jonathan Bilyk | Jun 27, 2018

Compelling non-union government workers to pay so-called “fair share fees” to unions they do not wish to join violates the First Amendment speech rights of non-union workers and is unconstitutional, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled, finding in favor of an Illinois state worker who had sued to end the fees, also known as agency fees, in Illinois and across the country.

Fifth District tosses ACT appeal of worker's comp commission ruling due to lack of jurisdiction

By Charmaine Little | Jun 22, 2018

The Agency for Community Transit's (ACT) attempt to have a circuit court's reversal of an Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission ruling appealed didn’t get far in the Appellate Court of Illinois for the 5th District because of lack of proper jurisdiction.

Appellate court finds Kelley 'penalized' woman in child support case for not having full-time job

By Elizabeth Alt | Jun 15, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has reversed a St. Clair Circuit Court’s ruling that denied a woman’s motion to reassess having her ex-husband pay child support.

Fifth District reverses and vacates FOID card ruling; Man convicted in '93 for cocaine possession will not get FOID

By Erianne Leatherman | Apr 23, 2018

MT VERNON – Fifth District appellate judges reversed and vacated a decision of the circuit court of Jefferson County in an appeal involving a felon and a FOID card.

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