11/20/01-- Madison County Circuit Judge Ann Callis sentenced John Derr to 30 years in prison for beating a Bethalto bar and restaurant manager to death in 1992. The case went unsolved for five years until Derr's ex-wife told police she saw him with the victim's bowling ring.
Ford Motor Co.'s lawsuit-toughened legal team will be in the Metro-East again defending against plaintiff Kyle James' who claims a seatbelt malfunction caused him debilitating injuries. He is seeking in excess of $50,000 from Ford.
Charles Jordan of Alton filed a racial discrimination suit in Madison County Circuit Court Monday claiming that bar owner Van "Mac" Lenhardt refused to serve him at Mac's Timeout bar located at 317 Belle St. in Alton.
Jeffery Hebrank from Burroughs, Hepler, Broom, MacDonald, Hebrank, and True filed to have this case moved to federal court. Legal maneuvering by defense attorneys in an asbestos case resulted in another jury trial avoided in Madison County.
Ashley Peach, who has three pending class actions suits in Madison County, will be in court Nov. 24 for a case management conference in her suit against Wal-Mart. She has also sued Fashion Bug and K-Mart on similar charges that the retailers defrauded her on remaining gift card balances.
Just when you thought things might calm down around here, Madison County gets to revisit one of the cases that made it famous—Judge Nicholas Byron’s $10.1 billion class action whopper against Philip Morris.
Newly elected Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier and wife, Mary, enjoy a moment on election night. Voters electing Washington County Circuit Judge Lloyd Karmeier to the Illinois Supreme Court sent a resounding message on Election Day.