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Monthly Archives: January 2014

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Reverses Class Certification for Failure of the District Court to Perform a Rigorous Analysis Before Finding Predominance

January 28, 2014

In Parko, et al. v. Shell Oil Co. et al., Nos. 13-8023 & 8024 (7th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014), Judge Posner of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently reversed an order from the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois granting class certification to a group of plaintiffs […]

Summary Judgment for Ameren Illinois in Northern District of Illinois Mesothelioma Case

January 2, 2014

Judge John Tharp of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois recently granted a motion for summary judgment in favor of Ameren Illinois in the case of Peter Stanley v. Ameren Illinois Company, et al., 1:12-cv-06073, involving a 76-year-old engineer who died of mesothelioma. Peter Stanley spent his career as a boiler […]

The Number of Lung Cancers Filed in Madison County and St. Louis City Continue to Climb

January 2, 2014

In Issue 48 of the Midwest Toxic Release (June 2012), we encouraged more investigation into the causes of non-smoking lung cancer cases as the number of lung cancer filings was rising.  Over a year later, the number of lung cancer cases filed in 2013 in Madison County and the City of St. Louis has exceeded […]