There once was a time when southern Illinois' appellate court system provided cover for some of the most outlandish claims in the nation (retailer class actions awarding millions in fees to lawyers and coupons to consumers over disputes involving pennies comes to mind), with no aspect of commerce immune from litigation.
The race to cannibalize the few remaining, still-solvent companies in any way associated with the asbestos industry continues. Leading the race once again, filing more suits than any other firm in the nation’s premier asbestos docket is (drum roll, please) – Gori Julian.
Why are most people law-abiding? Why does anyone obey the law? Is it because they fear the penalties for breaking it? They may, but that’s not the reason. No, most people obey the law because they believe it’s generally reasonable and fairly applied, and that it’s in everyone’s best interests to be law-abiding.
When dairy prices rise, having a cow is a good thing – for dairy farmers, anyway. Assuming that their costs haven’t risen and offset the added income, they make more money, which is good for them. They can stay in business and keep feeding the American people, many of whom seem to have no idea where milk, cheese, and beef come from.
In 2013, halfway through his one-year term, Belleville plaintiffs attorney Tom Keefe was obliged to relinquish his position as interim dean of St. Louis University School of Law when school officials confronted him about crude sexual comments he’d reportedly made on campus.
Do we want justice or a quick jackpot for trial attorneys? The negotiation class leads to the latter. And, more important, it’s unconstitutional and unfair. The states and their attorneys general are the parties empowered to protect the rights and welfare of their citizens.
Fifth District judges vacated a settlement approved by St. Clair County Circuit Court Judges Andrew Gleeson and Vincent Lopinot, concluding in part that the judges had sealed the documents without reading them.
The whole thing is starting to unravel in both places, and it’s beginning to look like Trump and Duebbert both will be vindicated in the end. The false narratives will be proven wrong, the true stories will be told, and real criminals will be held accountable.
Illinois House Speaker and state Democratic Party Chairman Mike Madigan is ideally situated to perpetuate himself and fellow Democrat lawmakers in office by soliciting campaign contributions from lobbyists looking for legislation that benefits their interests. Trial lawyers comprise one of the wealthiest blocs, and they know from experience that they’ll get what they pay for when they donate to Madigan.
According to a recent advisory poll conducted among local attorneys by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Jennifer Hightower was the only one of 13 associate judges in the Third Judicial Circuit not recommended for reappointment in Madison County.
Though easily dismissed as a partisan fishing expedition, the clamor for President Donald Trump to release his tax returns has a certain logic. After all, it could be useful to know the financial interests of our chief executive – and of every federal, state, and local official as well.