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Calif. judge denies Sherwin Williams motion in lead paint trial

Ann Maher Aug. 19, 2013, 7:29pm

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Legal Newsline) -- A California judge denied paint maker Sherwin Williams' motion for summary judgment at the opening of trial Monday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Jindal's ties to trial bar noted

Ann Maher Apr. 20, 2012, 8:00am

Jindal BATON ROUGE, La. (Legal Newsline) - A collection of national news outlets have taken an interest in Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's relationship with trial lawyers, according to a report today in

Judge eliminates advance asbestos trial setting in Madison County

Ann Maher Mar. 30, 2012, 11:21am

Harrison EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Madison County, Ill., Associate Judge Clarence Harrison has entered an order terminating the court's 2013 advance setting of asbestos trial weeks.

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. appelate court says Madison judge got it wrong

Ann Maher Mar. 9, 2012, 9:00am

Matoesian EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A $1.25 million plaintiff's verdict has been reversed at the Illinois Fifth District Appellate Court and remanded to Madison County for a new trial.

Madison County asbestos rules are unfair to defendants, candidate says

Ann Maher Mar. 9, 2012, 7:19am

Weber EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A former Illinois circuit judge says the Madison County asbestos docket suffers from a unique problem.

Madison County's chief judge responds to ATRA report

Ann Maher Dec. 14, 2010, 1:49pm

Callis EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis responded to the American Tort Reform Association's report released Tuesday that puts the Illinois county's court on a judicial "Watch List" due in part to a growing asbestos docket.

Justice Kilbride prevails in costly Ill. retention election

Ann Maher Nov. 3, 2010, 1:12am

Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride has been retained to a second 10-year term.

Madigan poised for third term as Ill. AG

Ann Maher Nov. 2, 2010, 9:21pm

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Incumbent Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan appears to be coasting to an easy victory over Republican challenger Steve Kim.

Costly judicial retention race winds down in Illinois

Ann Maher Oct. 28, 2010, 2:21pm

Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)- As one of the most expensive single-candidate campaigns winds down in Illinois, Justice Thomas Kilbride's chief detractor defends his group's anti-retention effort.

Illinois SC expected to release med-mal opinion

Ann Maher Feb. 2, 2010, 6:41pm

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline)-The Illinois Supreme Court is expected Thursday to file its opinion on the constitutionality of the state's landmark medical malpractice reform law.

Madison and St. Clair counties on 'Hellhole' watch list

Ann Maher Dec. 15, 2009, 11:51am

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) The American Tort Reform Foundation's 2009 "Judicial Hellholes" report released Tuesday places Madison County and St. Clair counties on the group's "watch" list.

Facebook heeds MySpace in removing sex offender profiles

Ann Maher May 8, 2008, 12:38pm

Madigan CHICAGO (Legal Newsline)-Facebook has agreed to remove profiles of known sex offenders from its social networking site, according to a settlement announced by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

Madison County, Ill. ascends from ATRA's 'hellhole'

Ann Maher Dec. 18, 2007, 9:00am

For the first time since the American Tort Reform Association started ranking the nation's most unfair civil court jurisdictions, Madison County, Ill. no longer makes the list.

Class action claims Expedia violates identify theft prevention statute

Ann Maher Jul. 31, 2007, 3:43pm

A class action lawsuit filed against Expedia, Inc. claims the online travel agency printed more than five digits of customers' credit card numbers in violation of a federal statute designed to prevent identity theft.

Chicago water district sued over poisonous fumes that left workers dead

Ann Maher Jul. 20, 2007, 10:00am

CHICAGO -- The surviving wife of a construction worker killed by poisonous fumes at the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant District last month is suing the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago.

Wealthy St. Louis suburb not 'blighted', Mo. SC rules

Ann Maher Jun. 12, 2007, 4:00pm

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled today that evidence of social liability was not sufficient in a developer's attempt to seize "blighted" properties in a wealthy St. Louis area.

Missouri SC rules for paint companies in St. Louis' lead-paint case

Ann Maher Jun. 12, 2007, 3:00pm

The Missouri Supreme Court has narrowly rejected an appeal from the city of St. Louis over its public nuisance suit against former manufacturers of lead based paint.

Illinois still languishing in bottom tier of Harris survey

Ann Maher Apr. 25, 2007, 1:00pm

Tom Donohue The bad news coming out of Illinois today is that the Land of Lincoln has dropped one spot in a national survey of state legal climates.