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The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association needs a makeover

By The Madison County Record | Mar 12, 2019

Illinois trial lawyers and the fellow travelers in the legislature could star in a series called “This Old House and Senate,” explaining in minute detail how to turn one of the most prosperous states in the union into an economic basket case in only a matter of years with exorbitant taxes, onerous regulations, and predatory courts.

Our man Flynn is at it again

By The Madison County Record | Mar 7, 2019

Poor Brian Flynn! The Belleville city attorney makes a friendly gesture to host a happy-hour reception for a new U.S. magistrate judge and all of a sudden his motives are brought into question – just because the new judge will be presiding over discovery in a case in which Flynn is a plaintiff.

American Law Institute symposium raises eyebrows

By The Madison County Record | Feb 26, 2019

It’s a matter of propriety, really. It’s hard to explain, but there are certain things one doesn’t do in public or even behind closed doors, because it doesn’t look right and it makes a bad impression.

Missouri Legislature should put limits on the use of joinder

By The Madison County Record | Feb 19, 2019

Last July, a St. Louis City Circuit Court jury awarded $4.7 billion to several women who claimed to have contracted ovarian cancer from asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder.

What’s with the sweetheart deal for Trish Murphy?

By The Madison County Record | Feb 13, 2019

“Trish Murphy is not listed as counsel of record for plaintiffs at the district court,” attorney Mark Downton observed in a motion he filed at U.S. District Court last week on behalf of his client in Hale v. State Farm.

Brian Flynn is out of control

By The Madison County Record | Feb 7, 2019

Belleville city attorney Brian Flynn ran amok about this time last year, and now he’s doing it again.

Judge Barry Julian is off to a bad start

By The Madison County Record | Jan 31, 2019

Do the laws that the rest of us residents must follow not apply to the ones making and interpreting them?

Driving drunk is illegal for everyone

By The Madison County Record | Jan 24, 2019

Our national experiment with prohibition a century ago proved prosperous for bootleggers and caused more problems than it solved. Still, alcoholism can be a serious problem, not only for the alcoholics but for everyone around them.

Getting greyer, going nowhere?

By The Madison County Record | Jan 17, 2019

U.S. District Judge David Herndon managed the Just for Men mass action with mediation for more than two years without a settlement being reached on roughly 500 claims, a pointless exercise.

Grand Opening: 20th Judicial Circuit Casino!

By The Madison County Record | Jan 8, 2019

Imagine if a courtroom were like a casino and your verdict was determined by a game of chance.

Blowing the whistle on bogus whistleblowers

By The Madison County Record | Jan 1, 2019

A qui tam suit filed in Southern Illinois by a former class action lawyer at Tom Lakin’s Wood River firm may be dismissed, along with nearly identical suits filed nationwide.

The lawsuit that should have died 20 years ago finally does

By The Madison County Record | Dec 17, 2018

Avery v. State Farm was certified as a class action lawsuit in Williamson County Circuit Court in 1997, with policyholders from 48 states claiming that State Farm had violated its contracts by using generic aftermarket parts to repair insured vehicles.

What happened Goliath?

By The Madison County Record | Dec 12, 2018

Not surprisingly, 12 jurors hearing evidence in the Dec. 30, 2016 murder of Carl Silas ruled late Monday night that suspect David Fields was not guilty.

Legitimacy of ‘good faith’ settlement questioned

By The Madison County Record | Nov 28, 2018

When two parties in litigation agree to a “good faith” settlement, that’s good, right? It brings the dispute to an end sooner, ensures that the outcome is acceptable to both sides, and eliminates the risk of a decision less favorable to one side or the other.

Sad or glad to see Clayborne go?

By The Madison County Record | Nov 23, 2018

James Clayborne (D-East St. Louis) has served as an Illinois state senator since 1995. He has served as majority leader since 2009. This year, he decided not to run for re-election and return to private law practice instead.

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