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Appellate court upholds sex offender plea deal

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 30, 2018

A sex offender cannot withdraw his guilty plea, an appellate court ruled.

Majority of Fifth District published opinions favor plaintiffs; Defense rulings mostly filed as Rule 23 decisions

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 29, 2018

According to Fifth District Appellate Court decisions dating back through 2016, the appellate court tends to favor plaintiffs in published opinions and defendants in Rule 23 rulings.

Appellate court denies sex offender's request for judgment relief

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 29, 2018

A convicted sex offender cannot reverse his conviction, an appellate court ruled.

Man loses appeal from St. Clair County murder case

By Gabriel Neves | Aug 29, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court upheld a first-degree murder conviction against a man who challenged the verdict over his fitness to stand trial.

Father of six receives full custody over mother's objections

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 26, 2018

An appeals court upheld a ruling granting sole custody to a father of six in a long-running divorce case.

Appellate court reverses sex offender registration conviction

By Charmaine Little | Aug 26, 2018

An Illinois appeals court reversed a man’s conviction after he was accused of failing to register as a sex offender.

Appeal fails, father loses parental rights

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 23, 2018

A St. Clair County father lost his attempt to overturn a lower court's ruling revoking his parental rights.

From Pennsylvania Record

Opioid lawyer trying to avoid 'cesspool' asked for by major national firm

By Dan Fisher | Aug 9, 2018

Several Pennsylvania counties are fighting to keep control of their opioid lawsuits as the national law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, with the active support of the companies it is suing, seeks to create what a rival attorney calls a litigation "cesspool."

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.

From Cook County Record

IL high court: Cities can't sidestep lawsuits by simply calling property repairs 'discretionary'

By Dan Churney | Aug 6, 2018

The Illinois Supreme Court has reduced the reach of the legal shield long enjoyed under Illinois state law by cities and other public bodies when faced with personal injury lawsuits, as the high court indicated the rationale advanced by lower court judges in rejecting a woman’s lawsuit over the injuries she sustained tripping on a Danville sidewalk was overbroad.

Fifth District affirms Becker’s order denying request to appropriate VAC funds for attorney’s fees; Becker praised for maintaining status quo

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Aug 2, 2018

The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed Clinton County Associate Judge William Becker’s order denying veteran services officer Brad Lavite’s request to pay attorney’s fees with funds intended for assisting Madison County veterans.

St. Clair County man accused of sexual abuse remains in state custody after 'not not-guilty' ruling

By Charmaine Little | Jul 23, 2018

An accused sexual predator will remain in the custody of Department of Human Services (DHS) after an Illinois appellate court found he is still "not not-guilty."

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.

From Cook County Record

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.

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