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"'Judicial hellhole' freezes over"(?)

I wouldn't quite agree with the headline—there are enough cases pending in Madison County that their judges can still do a lot of damage to the economy—but it is true that there are signs of reform happening in the most notorious of judicial hellholes, and that forum-shopping plaintiffs' attorneys are looking for different climes. (Shruti Dat´┐Ż Singh, Crain's Chicago Business, Sep. 9). On the other hand, Texas attorney Mark Lanier, who surely knows where his bread is best buttered, just filed an asbestos suit against 44 defendants in Madison County on behalf of a man who worked most of his life in Massachusetts; and the Illinois appellate court overseeing Madison County just certified a nationwide class against Intel under a bizarre interpretation of California law. (Steve Gonzalez, "Northeasterner files asbestos suit in Madison County", Madison County Record, Sep. 7; Brian Brueggemann, "Intel seeks high-court review of class-action", Belleville News-Democrat, Sep. 9). Al Adomite has some interesting observations about upcoming judicial retention elections in the county.



Rafael Mangual
Project Manager,
Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute


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