MT. VERNON - Fifth District Appellate Court Justice David Overstreet of Mt. Vernon will seek election to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2020, for the seat being vacated next year by retiring Justice Lloyd Karmeier.
The Gori law firm in Edwardsville recently made a $10,000 charitable donation to The BackStoppers, Inc. in honor of Illinois State Trooper Nicholas Hopkins, nephew of the firm’s attorney, John J. Hopkins.
CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - It was a stroke of good luck for Cuyahoga and Summit counties in Ohio that U.S. District Judge Dan Polster selected them for the first bellwether trial out of thousands of other cities and counties that are blaming the opioid industry for the nation's addiction crisis.
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.