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Former Norfolk Southern employee claims truck brakes caught fire, causing tire to explode

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A former Norfolk Southern Railway employee alleges he suffered injuries when the brakes on a company truck caught fire. Frank Krager filed a complaint on April 20 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Norfolk Southern Railway Company, alleging negligence. According to his complaint, Krager was working for Norfolk Southern near Troy on Feb. 17, 2021. He alleges he was…

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Tenant alleges injuries when apartment balcony collapsed

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A tenant claims he was injured when his apartment balcony collapsed because it was not properly attached to the building. Brandon Sargent filed a complaint April 18 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Rigoni Properties LLC, alleging premises liability and negligence. According to the complaint, Sargent was standing on the second rear exterior balcony at the defendant’s apartment complex…

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Angry trial judge calls for changes to civil litigation system: Insurance companies faulted for pursuing frivolous claims

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By the third paragraph of the April order granting summary judgment to the defendants, Carroll Circuit Judge Benjamin Diener showed his frustration by declaring, “The civil litigation process in Indiana is broken.” The ruling was issued in a personal injury case brought by Penny Chappey and her husband Gregory Chappey after she fell off the flatbed of a tow truck….

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Driver alleges tire, rim from truck struck his vehicle, causing spinal injuries

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A motorist claims he suffered disabling spinal cord injuries when an inflated rim and tire from a tanker trailer struck his vehicle on Interstate 55. Carlettas McBride filed a complaint on April 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against Quality Carriers Inc., Michael V. Moore and Triple JP Enterprise. McBride alleges in the complaint…

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Civil engineer denies liability in Amazon building collapse, alleges delivery driver ‘voluntarily assumed’ risk by working in ‘unsafe conditions’

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Civil engineering and land surveying firm Stock & Associates argues that it provided services for the lot upon which an Edwardsville Amazon facility was built and should not be held liable for the building’s collapse during a deadly EF-3 tornado in December. On April 22, attorney Mitchel Torrence of Clausen Miller PC in Chicago filed an answer on behalf of…

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IL Supreme Court rules employers can be liable for accidents, even if their employees aren’t negligent

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The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled a jury was right to hold a Chicago company directly liable for a traffic collision, because the company told one of its drivers to haul an unsafely loaded truck despite the driver’s concerns, finding an employer can be held liable both for the acts of their employees and for their own acts. The April…

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Google to pay $100M to end biometrics class action over Photos face scans; Class members could get $200-$400

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People in Illinois whose face appeared in a photo on Google’s Photos app could be in line for as much as $400 each, under a new $100 million settlement given an early nod in Cook County court. The settlement would end one of the longest running class action lawsuits under Illinois’ strict biometrics privacy law, and would rank as one…

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Woman with quadriplegia secures reversal against INDOT in tractor-trailer accident case

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A woman who suffered a severe spinal injury that left her quadriplegic has won a reversal after the Court of Appeals of Indiana found her lawsuit against the state of Indiana and the Indiana Department of Transportation did not create collateral estoppel and claim splitting. While Kathryn Davidson was riding as a passenger in a tractor-trailer truck in April 2018…

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Madison County jury awards motorist $16K in Glen Carbon crash lawsuit

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A Madison County jury awarded a motorist $16,357 in damages following a Glen Carbon car crash. The two-day trial began on April 18 with Madison County Circuit Judge Chris Threlkeld presiding. Plaintiff Jessica Zeigler was awarded $9,357 for medical treatment, $2,000 for loss of a normal life and $5,000 for pain and suffering. Zeigler was represented by Ellen Burford of…

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Suit alleges motorist ran stop sign, caused Alton collision

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A St. Louis man is suing a woman for allegedly running a stop sign in Alton and crashing into his vehicle. Charles Page filed the lawsuit in the Madison County Circuit Court against Alexandra White, citing negligence and recklessness. According to the lawsuit, Page was driving southbound on Washington Ave. in Alton on Sept. 9, 2020, when White allegedly ran…

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