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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.

We know you’re not happy, but shut up about it!

By The Madison County Record | Nov 13, 2018

If your lawyers negotiated a $20 million settlement for you, you’d be happy as a lark, wouldn’t you? You certainly wouldn’t complain about a jackpot like that. Only a colossal ingrate would act as if he’d been cheated by a settlement of that size.

We the people

By The Madison County Record | Nov 8, 2018

Well, that’s that. The election’s over. Everything’s back to normal. Maybe we’re happy with the outcome, maybe not, or maybe we’re ambivalent. It doesn’t matter anymore because it’s all behind us now. We can all be friends again and not pay any attention to politics for the next year or so.

Madigan’s trial lawyer majority

By The Madison County Record | Oct 31, 2018

Mike Madigan’s one of the most powerful and influential men in Illinois, and he never misses a chance to increase his power and extend his influence. In his dual capacity as House speaker and state Democratic Party chairman, he has ample opportunity to do both.

It’s time to launch a taxpayer revolt in Illinois

By The Madison County Record | Oct 24, 2018

Career politicians like to talk about “sustainability,” which is really just a pretext for government officials interfering in the affairs of average citizens and presuming to tell us how to live our daily lives: what kind of cars we should drive, how high or low we should set the thermostats in our homes, whether we should barbecue in our own backyards or not, and on and on. It seems like nothing we do is too insignificant for them to criticize, tax, and regulate.

Let’s put an end to identity politics

By The Madison County Record | Oct 17, 2018

Our world seems to have gone mad. Reason has been rejected and emotions rule. Thanks to identity politics, civil discourse is nearly impossible.

Smearing Republicans, a St. Clair County Democrat tradition

By The Madison County Record | Oct 10, 2018

Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only candidate for a judgeship to have his reputation smeared by his political opponents.

Is Robert Allen Jr. working hard or hardly working?

By The Madison County Record | Oct 3, 2018

In New Orleans, they know the story of the good old boy who loved to fish and had a dream job. He went fishing every day. Sometimes he brought home an ice chest full of catfish, bass, red snappers, or trout. Other times he caught nothing at all, but he’d had a nice relaxing day in his Jon boat out on the water.

Things may not be okey-dokey in Cahokia

By The Madison County Record | Sep 27, 2018

California's largest pension system is being sued over its failure to list whether its members have retired on a disability pension.

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