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Motorist alleges Ford dealership improperly reassembled airbags, resulting in brain injuries during crash

A motorist claims a Ford Dealership did not properly reassemble his vehicle’s airbags, resulting in traumatic brain injuries when the airbags did not deploy in a Belleville crash. Aaron Van Horne filed a complaint Sept. 29 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Auffenberg Belleville LLC, Auffenberg Dealer Group Inc., Auffenberg Ford Inc., and Auffenberg Motors of Illinois Inc.,…

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Patient sues Abbott over alleged defective defibrillator

A patient claims his defibrillator was defective and the battery began to deplete prematurely. Robert Box and Jeanie Box filed a complaint Oct. 1 in the Madison County Circuit Court against Abbott Laboratories. According to the complaint, Robert Box underwent surgery at Anderson Hospital in Maryville on May 15, 2012, where he had a St. Jude cardioverter defibrillator device, also…

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Former US Postal Service employee pleads guilty over making false statement

Heath D. Shelton, a 36-year-old Smithton man, has pleaded guilty to a single count of making a false statement to receive federal disability compensation under the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act. Shelton was working for the US Postal Service as a letter carrier when he injured his back in 2012. He started receiving federal disability payments for his injury. Later on,…

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Indiana Court: Allstate Liable in Fatal Crash Because Victim Was a ‘Resident Relative’

The Indiana Supreme Court has ruled that Allstate must pay $25,000 in uninsured motorist benefits to the estranged husband of a woman who died while riding as a passenger in a car crash after moving back in with her parents. The high court found that Shelina Glover was covered under her parents’ policy as a “resident relative.” The court rejected…

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Woman sues over St. Clair County collision, East Alton slip and fall

A woman is suing motorists and the East Alton Circle K for unrelated injuries allegedly resulting from a collision and slip and fall incident. Susan Krouse and David Krouse filed a complaint Sept. 22 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Jose Mendez, Blincia Reza-Rodriguez and Mac’s Convenience Stores LLC, doing business as Circle K, alleging negligence. According to…

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Insurer must defend contractor in electrocution

An insurer that covered a subcontractor must defend the contractor in the electrocution death of a subcontractor employee, an Illinois federal district court ruled Monday. Columbus, Ohio-based State Auto Property & Casualty Insurance Co. issued an insurance policy to Centralia, Illinois-based Rock Branch Ironworks Inc. for the policy period April 2018 to April 2019, according to the ruling by the…

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Mother claims school nurse gave her daughter wrong dose of diabetic medication

A mother is claiming an East St. Louis School District nurse gave her diabetic daughter the wrong dose of medication, which caused the child to pass out, fall and suffer fractures. Tiffany Thompson, individually and on behalf of minor W.T., filed a complaint Sept. 22 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against East St. Louis School District No. 189…

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More Illinois Auto Crashes with Deer Expected as Mating Season Begins

Illinois motorists should beware of more deer activity this time of year, particularly at dawn and dusk. Officials from the Illinois Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation note that it’s deer mating season, meaning more deer will be on the move, and crossing roads. Transportation Secretary Omer Osman urges motorists to be watchful and remember the rule, “Don’t veer for…

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Motorist sues TA Operating, driver over Route 111 collision

A couple is suing TA Operating claiming one of its employees negligently caused a collision that resulted in injuries. Lynnetta Byrd and Demetrice Leonard filed a complaint Sept. 22 in the Madison County Circuit Court against TA Operating LLC and Ian Reker, alleging negligence. According to their complaint, Byrd and Demetrice were traveling on Illinois Route 111 on Aug. 14….

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Shopper sues over slip, fall on yellow painted lines in Wal-Mart parking lot

A shopper is suing the Carlinville Wal-Mart after she allegedly became distracted and slipped and fell on the yellow painted lines in the parking lot. Deborah Huff filed the complaint Sept. 15 in the St. Clair County Circuit Court against Wal-Mart Inc., Travis Miller and Morgan’s Striping Service Inc. The suit states that Miller owns, operates, manages or maintains the…

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