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Ill. SC finds timing threshold in arbitration agreements

By Nathan Bass | Nov 1, 2012

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 reverses part of Fifth District ruling over arbitration agreements

By Bethany Krajelis | Sep 24, 2012

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.

Ill. SC: Moving train an obvious danger

By Bethany Krajelis | Sep 24, 2012

Freeman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Saying that a moving train presents an obvious danger, the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $3.9 million jury award against a trio of railroad companies.

Ill. court reverses $17.8M asbestos verdict

By Bethany Krajelis | Sep 5, 2012

Steigmann SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A split panel of the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court has reversed a $17.8 million verdict in a McLean County asbestos conspiracy case.

Minn. SC shoots down lawsuit over light cigarettes

By John O'Brien | May 30, 2012

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

Ill. SC: Other defendants lack standing to challenge denial

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 10, 2012

Thomas SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court said last week that only the party moving to substitute a judge has standing -- if that motion is wrongly denied -- to ask that all subsequent orders entered in the case be declared null and void.

Ill. appellate court upholds O'Malley in forum decision

By Bryan Cohen | May 4, 2012

Spomer MT VERNON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - An Illinois appellate court judge says he would favor law eradicating forum shopping by limiting venue to the county or counties where the action takes place.

Attorney says $10.1B tobacco award must be reinstated

By Sarah Zavala | Apr 20, 2012

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

By Ann Maher | Mar 30, 2012

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

By Ann Maher | Mar 26, 2012

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. SC allows plaintiff to amend complaint in asbestos lawsuit

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 22, 2012

Garman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court, in a ruling Thursday, deemed a plaintiff's allegations in a case over asbestos exposure "insufficient."

Ill. SC: State law doesn't give laid-off teachers right to be rehired

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 23, 2012

Freeman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court last week ruled that the state's School Code does not give laid-off tenured teachers the right to be hired again after an economic layoff.

Ill. SC: Provision doesn't allow for judicial review of terms of mining permits

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Feb 16, 2012

Theis SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - In a unanimous ruling earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court said mining act permits are not subject to judicial review outside of the Administrative Review Law.

Asbestos MDL stops taking tag along cases in Philadelphia federal court

By Steve Korris | Dec 21, 2011

Robreno WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Asbestos litigation that stacked millions of flimsy claims in a single court and lasted 20 years died quietly on Dec. 13.

Ill. counties find themselves designated 'hellholes'

By Michael P. Tremoglie | Dec 15, 2011

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.

Company using recent Ill. SC decision from $43M case

By Steve Korris | Dec 6, 2011

Theis EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Georgia trailer maker Cottrell Inc., constantly defending Madison County injury suits, aims to test the strength of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that overturned a $43 million judgment in a car crash.

Millions spent on retention elections, report shows

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 27, 2011

Kilbride WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - A campaign to unseat Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride triggered the nation's costliest retention election in 25 years, according to a national report released Thursday.

Ill. SC rules for StubHub in tax issue

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 11, 2011

Theis SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that the city of Chicago went beyond its home rule powers in trying to require electronic intermediaries, like StubHub, to collect and remit amusement taxes on resold tickets.

Ill. SC reverses $43M verdict against Ford

By Steve Korris | Oct 5, 2011

Theis SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Ford Motor Co. undertook no duty to warn luxury car owners that contents of their trunks could puncture their fuel tanks when Ford helped police prevent punctures in similar cars, the Illinois Supreme Court decided on Sept. 22.

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