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Ill. SC bars Workers' Comp asbestos claim; Employers breathing 'sigh of relief,' attorney says

Vimbai Chikomo Jan. 7, 2016, 3:04pm

The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled against a plaintiff in a mesothelioma case, stating that the claim did not meet the time limitations established in the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Workers’ Occupational Disease Act.

Wells Fargo still trying to overturn certification in 14-year-old class action

Legal News Line Jun. 11, 2015, 9:31am

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Wells Fargo is facing trial in an Illinois class action 14 years old and can’t gain appellate review on its own as it could in a case with shorter history.

Politically and academically connected economists endorse $7B Price v. Philip Morris award

Legal News Line May 8, 2015, 8:53am

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Economist George Akerlof, husband of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, endorses a $7 billion award of damages against cigarette maker Philip Morris now under review at the Illinois Supreme Court.

Ill. SC justice fends off class action attorneys' campaign, wins second term

Ann Maher Nov. 7, 2014, 7:44am


Special interests groups spend $1M in state supreme court races in final week

David Yates Oct. 30, 2014, 3:59pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Only days out from Election day, special interest groups have set their sights on five state supreme courts, spending more than $1 million in a final push to secure high court victories.

Law firms involved in huge verdicts move to stop retention of Ill. SC justice

David Yates Oct. 28, 2014, 2:29pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – Law firms fighting to reclaim billions of dollars in two verdicts originally wiped away by the Illinois Supreme Court have moved to stop the retention of one the justices responsible for overturning the judgments.

Ill. court reinstates $10B judgment against Philip Morris over 'light' cigarettes

Kyla Asbury Apr. 30, 2014, 8:50pm


Illinois legal reform group says judicial selection process 'may be the worst system in the world'

David Yates Feb. 20, 2014, 6:12pm


Ill. SC agrees to hear lawmaker pay case

Jessica M. Karmasek Oct. 21, 2013, 3:15pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) -- The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal filed by Gov. Pat Quinn over lawmaker pay.

Ill. SC says sales tax law is unconstitutional

Jessica M. Karmasek Oct. 18, 2013, 7:15pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) -- The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that a relatively new sales tax law is unconstitutional.

Ill. SC names Garman chief justice

Jessica M. Karmasek Sep. 17, 2013, 5:30pm

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) -- The Illinois Supreme Court announced last week that Justice Rita Garman will be its next chief justice.

Ill. SC hears arguments in case over sales tax law

Jessica M. Karmasek May 28, 2013, 4:30pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) -- Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments in a lawsuit brought over the constitutionality of a state law that forces online retailers, even those without a physical location in the state, to collect state sales taxes.

Ill. SC finds timing threshold in arbitration agreements

Nathan Bass Nov. 1, 2012, 5:26pm

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (Legal Newsline) - The legal representative for the family of a deceased woman is not bound by a nursing home contract's arbitration agreement in an Illinois wrongful death claim, but the arbitration agreement is binding for claims on actions prior to the decedent's death.

Ill. SC rules contractor had no duty to preserve I-beam involved in workplace accident

Nathan Bass Oct. 24, 2012, 1:40pm


Ill. SC reverses part of Fifth District ruling over arbitration agreements

Bethany Krajelis Sep. 24, 2012, 10:00am

Theis SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - For the second time in two years, the Illinois Supreme Court has issued a ruling in a Fifth District case dealing with arbitration agreements.

Minn. SC shoots down lawsuit over light cigarettes

John O'Brien May 30, 2012, 12:16pm

Dietzen MINNEAPOLIS (Legal Newsline) - The Minnesota Supreme Court has become the latest court to reject a class action lawsuit over light cigarettes.

Attorney says $10.1B tobacco award must be reinstated

Sarah Zavala Apr. 20, 2012, 7:30am

Tillery EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Attorney Stephen Tillery argues that facts that led to the dismissal of his $10.1 billion claim against Philip Morris over "light" cigarette labeling have been proven false and that, therefore, his petition for relief must be granted.

Philip Morris says no relief owed in suit over light cigarettes

Ann Maher Mar. 30, 2012, 7:00am

Garman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Lawyers for Philip Morris say that plaintiffs' arguments for reinstating a landmark $10.1 billion judgment arising out of a Madison County, Ill., court have not come close to showing and "cannot show" they meet any of the requirements for relief.

Secondhand asbestos suit sent back to Madison County

Ann Maher Mar. 26, 2012, 1:38pm

Garman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court has remanded a secondhand asbestos exposure case to Madison County to decide whether CSX Transportation had a duty of care to a railroad worker's wife who suffered from mesothelioma.

Ill. counties find themselves designated 'hellholes'

Michael P. Tremoglie Dec. 15, 2011, 12:11pm

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Madison and St. Clair counties of southern Illinois have been ranked fifth among the American Tort Reform Foundation's "Judicial Hellholes" in an annual report released on Thursday.