Illinois Supreme Court News

Ill. suit over light cigarettes reopened

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Sep 29, 2011

Tillery SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court on Wednesday declined review of an appellate court's decision allowing plaintiffs to ask a lower court to reopen a case against cigarette maker Philip Morris.

Plaintiffs lawyers: State Farm bought Karmeier's SC seat

By Steve Korris | Sep 16, 2011

Karmeier SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - State Farm Insurance bought Lloyd Karmeier a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court to escape a billion dollar judgment, according to lawyers who want the billion back.

Illinois appellate court reverses asbestos verdict; Justices overrule conspiracy precedents

By Steve Korris | Jul 20, 2011

Appleton SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Asbestos witness Barry Castleman's testimony involving eight cancerous mice can no longer support the heavy load of asbestos litigation in McLean County, Fourth District appellate judges decided on July 15.

Ill. SC rules for $31B jobs bill

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 11, 2011

Quinn SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court, in a ruling Monday, unanimously upheld a job recovery bill signed into law by Gov. Patrick Quinn nearly two years ago.

Ill. SC: Jury instruction not sufficient

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jul 7, 2011

Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court, in a ruling last month, said that a version of the state's civil jury instructions does not accurately state Illinois law.

Judge waits for Ill. SC on Tillery subpoenas

By Steve Korris | Jul 5, 2011

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron Cudmore won't open records of private groups to class action lawyer Stephen Tillery unless the Illinois Supreme Court does.

Class action complaint against power company ruled insufficient

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Jun 28, 2011

Thomas SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld a lower court's decision to dismiss a third amended complaint by a class of plaintiffs against power company Commonwealth Edison Company.

Ill. SC rules in wrongful birth case

By Jessica M. Karmasek | May 13, 2011

Garman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court has remanded a case in which a couple alleged various theories of liability in connection with the birth of their second child, who, like their first child, suffers from a rare genetic disease.

Ill. SC shoots down class action over airline baggage fee

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 30, 2011

Freeman SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that a Northbrook woman cannot continue with her lawsuit against American Airlines over a $40 baggage fee.

Ill. court weighing asbestos conspiracy and 'take home' verdicts out of Bloomington

By Steve Korris | Mar 21, 2011

Knecht SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Defendants say they will appeal a recent McLean County jury's $90 million verdict in an asbestos conspiracy trial, but for practical purposes they already did.

Chicago not liable for escaped prisoner, crashed police car

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Mar 4, 2011

Thomas SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - The Illinois Supreme Court ruled last week that the City of Chicago was immune from liability after an escaping prisoner stole a police car, ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle, injuring two people.

Tillery given fresh start on $10 billion tobacco class action

By Steve Korris | Feb 28, 2011

Tillery MOUNT VERNON, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Fifth District appeals judges granted Stephen Tillery a fresh start on his $10 billion class action against cigarette maker Philip Morris on Feb. 24.

Illinois lawyers might get new asbestos theory

By John O'Brien | Feb 16, 2011

Stack SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - A coming ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court could offer asbestos attorneys with a new group of plaintiffs.

Ill. SC puts Emanuel back on ballot while deciding candidacy

By Steve Korris | Jan 25, 2011

Emanuel SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - Illinois Supreme Court Justices put former White House staff chief Rahm Emanuel back on the ballot for Chicago mayor but haven't decided whether he can run.

Kilbride retention will have lasting effect on Illinois political landscape

By Andrea Holecek | Nov 29, 2010

Lousin With Democrats in firm control of state government, Abe Lincoln's stovepipe hat will likely not be needed to settle partisan gamesmanship that will shape the state's political landscape for the next 10 years.

Election roundup: Iowa voters oust three justices

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Nov 3, 2010

Ternus DES MOINES, Iowa (Legal Newsline) - Voters in Iowa ousted three state Supreme Court justices who helped make same-sex marriage in the state legal.

Justice Kilbride prevails in costly Ill. retention election

By Ann Maher | Nov 3, 2010

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

Costly judicial retention race winds down in Illinois

By Ann Maher | Oct 28, 2010

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.

Ill. retention election the most expensive of the decade

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Oct 20, 2010

Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newline) - An Illinois Supreme Court race has become the nation's most expensive one-candidate retention election this decade, according to a public policy and law institute and a campaign group aimed at keeping courts fair.

For Republicans, Kilbride race about more than court decisions

By Andrea Holecek | Oct 13, 2010

Kilbride SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (Legal Newsline) - As voting traditions go in Illinois, supreme court justices seeking retention always win.

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