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Policing state courts

The Madison County Record Oct. 7, 2004, 5:58am

Federal authorities rarely take on state judges. But when they do, the results are typically dramatic.

Apartment for Rent

The Madison County Record Oct. 7, 2004, 5:45am

Three bedroom apartment for rent. Large eat-in kitchen. Located in Edwardsville on N. Main. $700.00 a Month. Call 656-8383 and ask for John.

Tort's the topic at Town Hall

The Madison County Record Oct. 7, 2004, 5:02am

CARBONDALE-- Citing the 'hidden tax' consumers pay trial lawyers, pro-business groups and about 50 angry voters rallied behind tort reform measures at an Oct. 6 Town Hall meeting in Carbondale.

CUB back in court with Ameritech

Steve Gonzalez Oct. 7, 2004, 4:16am

On Friday, Oct. 15, the Citizens Utility Board will be back in court in Madison County on a motion for Accounting of Settlement.

Can state lawmakers stop frivolous lawsuits?

The Madison County Record Oct. 6, 2004, 9:38am

Kevin Conway, president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association As Illinois courts face an increasing caseload burden, will state lawmakers follow federal government's attempts to crackdown on frivolous lawsuits by passing legislation to curtail such behavior?

More class action suits filed against Merck

Ann Knef Oct. 6, 2004, 8:27am

When pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. removed its arthritis pain medication Vioxx from the market last week for safety reasons, it didn't take long for plaintiff attorneys and their clients to rapidly respond.

Work comp cases driving businesses out of Illinois

Ann Knef Oct. 6, 2004, 7:42am

A panel of experts are coming together to discuss why jobs are leaving Illinois and what can be done about it.

Surprises, Surprises, Surprises?

The Madison County Record Oct. 5, 2004, 5:55pm

Stack’s surprise

Stack transfers asbestos case, says "cash cow" docket is not a "business"

Jeff Gelber Oct. 5, 2004, 12:19pm

Judge Daniel J. Stack took over Madison County's giant asbestos docket on September 8, 2004. In his first forum ruling as chief of the nation's largest asbestos case docket, Judge Daniel J. Stack argued the "astronomical burden" of looming trials demanded he dismiss cases that were not connected directly to Madison County.

Amish, Myrna vs Merck & Co. Inc.

The Madison County Record Oct. 5, 2004, 11:35am


Bilbrey, Patricia vs Merck & Co. Inc

The Madison County Record Oct. 5, 2004, 10:59am


Merck sued over Vioxx in Madison County Court

Steve Gonzalez Oct. 5, 2004, 9:17am

Asbestos attorney Mike Bilbrey seen here with his wife, Linda, also owns an exotic animal farm/bed and breakfast in Edwardsville. Mike Bilbrey, an experienced Madison County plaintiff's lawyer, filed a class action complaint against Merck Tuesday on behalf of his mother, Patricia Bilbrey of Madison County.

Asbestos Motion Docket-- Oct. 12-15

Carrie Gonzalez Oct. 5, 2004, 7:13am

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

Thursday October 14th

The Madison County Record Oct. 5, 2004, 7:02am

Thursday, October 14th, 2004

Wednesday October 13th

The Madison County Record Oct. 5, 2004, 7:01am

Wednesday, October 13th, 2004

Tuesday October 12th

The Madison County Record Oct. 5, 2004, 7:00am

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

I-LAW blitzkrieg reminds voters of lawsuit abuses

Ann Knef Oct. 4, 2004, 11:11am

In the final weeks before southern Illinois' watershed Supreme Court race, Illinois Lawsuit Abuse Watch (I-LAW) executive director Steve Schoeffel is reminding message-laden voters about the impact of lawsuit abuse.

Caruso vs Merck & Co. Inc

The Madison County Record Oct. 4, 2004, 11:06am


Metro Kirby Company, United States of America v. Christopher Hines, Illinois Farmers Insurance

Steve Gonzalez Oct. 4, 2004, 6:17am

Circuit Judge George Moran will hear all pending motions Thursday, Oct. 14 at 9 a.m. in Metro Kirby Company v. The Hines Agency, a class action case that was filed in February 2002.

Class Action: Laborers' Union International Local 40 v. Ameritech Corp dba SBC

Steve Gonzalez Oct. 4, 2004, 6:16am

The union claims SBC billed them for bogus charges.