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Hale v. State Farm settles for $250 million

By Ann Maher | Sep 4, 2018

State Farm and plaintiffs have agreed to settle protracted RICO litigation for $250 million on the opening day of what was expected to be a long-running trial at federal court in East St. Louis.

Lisa Madigan won't seek re-election next year

By Ann Maher | Sep 15, 2017

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced on Twitter today that after serving 14 years, she will not seek re-election next year.

Social service agencies seek to replicate state workers' success, sue IL to compel payment

By Ann Maher | Feb 9, 2017

A group of state human and social service agencies and companies filed suit today in St. Clair County against Gov. Bruce Rauner and other state officials to force timely payments for services performed.

Chamber's Donohue urges lawmakers to make economic growth a priority

By Ann Maher | Jan 27, 2017

 At a meeting today of Chicago area business owners and leaders, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said the country needs to "restart the growth engine" with capital and other financial products and services that businesses and consumers need.

IL Atty. Gen. Madigan steps in, asks court to order IL to stop paying state workers til budget deal reached

By Ann Maher | Jan 27, 2017

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan seeks to break a protracted budget stalemate by putting pressure on Gov. Bruce Rauner and legislators in St. Clair County Circuit Court.

Karmeier selected to serve as next chief justice of Illinois Supreme Court

By Ann Maher | Sep 19, 2016

Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be the next chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.

US Supreme Court refuses to revive overturned $10 billion tobacco verdict vs Philip Morris

By Ann Maher | Jun 20, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied review of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that cleared tobacco company Philip Morris of a $10 billion judgment. On June 20, the justices rejected a petition from plaintiff Sharon Price, who won the judgment in the court of former Madison County circuit judge Nicholas Byron in 2003. The Supreme Court had denied review of the same case in 2006, after the Illinois Supreme Court reversed Byron.

Supreme Court rejects latest attempt to revive $5.4 billion judgment in Price vs Philip Morris

By Ann Maher | Jan 12, 2016

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court has denied attorney Stephen Tillery's request to recall a mandate the Court issued a decade ago after it struck down a $10.1 billion judgment against Philip Morris. In the same announcement posted this afternoon, the Court also referred to Justice Lloyd Karmeier Tillery's move to recuse or disqualify Karmeier from hearing the matter. Karmeier then denied that request, as well.

ARDC: Chicago lawyer affiliated with Prenda Law made millions in 'shakedown' scheme

By Ann Maher | Aug 22, 2015

A Chicago attorney who made millions pursuing copyright and computer hacking litigation on behalf of businesses purporting to hold the rights to pornographic videos is being accused of carrying out a shakedown scheme in courts in Chicago, as well as in St. Clair County and other jurisdictions around the country.Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Administrator Jerome Larkin on Aug. 20 brought seven charges against lawyer John L. Steele over his conduct in courts that also

Illinois circuit courts survey to evaluate perception and experience by court users

By Ann Maher | Apr 3, 2015

GarmanCourt users across the state will soon be given a unique opportunity that normally only comes around on election day - they will get a chance to judge the system.Between April 13 and May 1, detailed court user surveys designed to measure public perceptions and experiences will be distributed in the state's 24 Circuits across 102 counties.The Strategic Planning Committee of the Illinois Judicial

TRO hearing set over medical marijuana license controversy

By Ann Maher | Mar 3, 2015

A Cook County judge will decide whether to halt licensing for a medical marijuana cultivation facility to a controversial applicant following a 2:30 p.m. hearing today.

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