MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District Appellate Court Mark M. Boie of Union County, appointed to his seat last spring, said during a recent interview that he plans to run for his first full term in part to continue his hard work on the appellate bench.
F. Lance Callis, the well known Granite City attorney and co-founder of Alton Belle Casino's parent company Argosy Gaming Co., was "just a good guy to be around," and someone dedicated to the common man, friends remembered following his passing last week.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) – The judge overseeing nearly 2,000 opioid lawsuits must address concerns that the cases over which he is presiding are an improper power grab by plaintiffs lawyers who signed up cities and counties as clients.
During the boom of the addiction crisis in America, opioid distributors were told to figure out a system for identifying suspicious orders but what they came up with could never be given a stamp of approval from federal regulators – even if they asked.
MOUNT VERNON – Fifth District appellate court Justice Melissa Chapman will retire on Oct. 1, leaving a single Democrat on a bench where that party held six of seven seats upon her arrival 18 years ago.
Now, Rannazzisi is helping private lawyers pin the blame squarely on manufacturers and distributors of opioids, as well as pharmacies. A post-DEA alliance with trial lawyers has been worth six figures for Rannazzisi, who has been hailed as a whistleblower by those cheering attempts to prosecute the opioid industry for the nation’s addiction crisis.
Sixteen years ago in a case involving gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co., a New York appeals court refused to apply public nuisance law against the manufacturer of a legal product, saying that doing so would transform nuisance law “into a monster that would devour in one gulp the entire law of tort.”
NORMAN, Okla. (Legal Newsline) - A state judge in Oklahoma has blamed Johnson & Johnson for the state's opioid crisis and ordered it to pay $572 million in damages, extending public nuisance law beyond its traditional boundaries into what may become an all-purpose tool for government lawsuits against product manufacturers.
The lack of diversity of thought on Madison County's bench - by way of political affiliation - has the local GOP considering battle with those who get to pick the majority of judges at the Third Judicial Circuit.
MOUNT VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court affirmed Madison County Chief Judge William Mudge’s order denying transfer in a legal malpractice suit alleging a medical malpractice case was negligently voluntarily dismissed.
BELLEVILLE – St. Clair County jurors would give Paulette Evans of Clinton County a fairer trial against her county’s only hospital than Clinton County jurors would, attorney Tom Keefe argued for her at a hearing in a wrongful death case on July 31.
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced Friday that attorney Veronica Armouti has been appointed an associate in the Third Judicial Circuit to fill the vacancy left when former judge Jennifer Hightower was not reappointed to the bench.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - Stepping forcefully into a debate that has been brewing since private lawyers first started recruiting local governments to sue the opioid industry, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and the National Association of Attorneys General have urged the federal judge overseeing multidistrict litigation to reject a proposed “negotiation class” consisting of every city and county in the country.
Chief Public Defender John Rekowski said during a Judiciary Committee meeting that his office is struggling to fill a vacant position after former employee Kelcie Miller was charged for working as an attorney without a law license.