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Philip Morris argues smokers suffered no economic damage in protesting $10B tobacco judgment

By Legal News Line | Apr 16, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Smokers who won a $10 billion class action judgment against Philip Morris in Madison County 12 years ago suffered no economic damage, the cigarette maker is arguing at the Illinois Supreme Court.

Consumers will pay and 'lawyer barons' will get pay day; Stakes are high in Karmeier retention, professor observes

By Ann Maher | Nov 3, 2014

KarmeierEDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A law professor who studies the effects of lawyer contingency fees on the civil justice system said the real focus of the movement to oust Justice Lloyd Karmeier from the Illinois Supreme Court is to restore a $1.1 billion judgment against State Farm Insurance.

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

By David Yates | Oct 30, 2014

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

By David Yates | Oct 28, 2014

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. legal reform group launches 2014 judicial candidate survey

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2014

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (Legal Newsline) – A state legal reform group has launched its 2014 judicial candidate evaluations, seeking to keep voters informed of the men and women who “can have a tremendous impact on the daily lives of the citizens of Illinois.”

Seventh Circuit OKs stay of federal suits in ongoing Freed & Weiss dispute

By Bethany Krajelis | Jun 25, 2014

CHICAGO (Legal Newsline) - Weighing in on a trio of actions stemming from a falling out between former partners at a Chicago personal injury firm, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a district judge's decision to stay the pair of federal cases pending the outcome of state lawsuit.

Experts expect changes in Florida's 'post-caps world'

By Amanda Robert | May 28, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Since the Florida Supreme Court struck down the $1 million cap on non-economic damages in medical malpractice wrongful death cases, lawyers and industry experts have questioned whether the decision will once again increase malpractice claims and insurance premiums, or even force doctors to leave Florida to practice in other states.

Fla. decision could launch new attacks on damages caps around the country

By Amanda Robert | May 19, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) - Supreme Court justices in Florida may have given plaintiffs attorneys a reason to try to strike down legislatively imposed limits on non-economic damages in other states, a law professor and plaintiffs attorney agree.

ATRA: Asbestos litigation 'more incredible every year'

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Jan 8, 2014

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - In light of the recent Judicial Hellhole Report released in December, it is clear that asbestos played a key role in the rankings, given what the report's authors feel is a vast negative impact on the court system nationally.

Calif. named worst 'judicial hellhole' by tort reform group

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 17, 2013

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -- California again is the nation's No. 1 "judicial hellhole," according to a report issued by the American Tort Reform Association Tuesday.

Ill. SC agrees to hear lawmaker pay case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 21, 2013

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

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 18, 2013

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

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 17, 2013

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

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 28, 2013

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 rules railroad had no legal duty to train jumper

By Nathan Bass | Jan 10, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court has reversed the judgment of the circuit and appellate courts before it in a case where the jury found a railroad company had a legal duty to a 12-year-old trespasser who was injured while attempting to jump on a moving train.

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