IL Supreme Court removes asbestos case from judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions
The Illinois Supreme Court has removed a Cook County judge from an asbestos personal injury case, granting a request from lawyers who had asked the court to step in and block a "rogue" judge from continuing his sanctions proceedings amid a bench investigation of a situation the judge said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for a company named as a defendant in the case.
IL Sup Ct puts hold on Cook judge accused of abusing authority in pursuing sanctions in asbestos case
The Illinois Supreme Court, acting in response to a request from lawyers who claim they and others have been targeted by a “rogue” Cook County judge, has stepped in to slap a hold on potential sanctions proceedings against lawyers and litigants on both sides of an asbestos personal injury case, blocking the judge, for now, from continuing his bench investigation of what he said resembled an improper “grand bargain” between plaintiffs’ lawyers and those for defendant gasket maker John Crane Inc.
A roofing worker is suing Easton Homes Inc., Easton Construction Inc., Tri Star Electric Inc., Loop Construction & Remodeling Inc., Loop Construction Inc., J.Z. Plumbing Inc., Jeff Hubbell and Melody Swartz, alleging negligence and insufficient measures taken to prevent injuries in connection with a workplace injury at a home construction site.