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January 19th, 2012

Madison County Judge Removed from Asbestos Docket

Just before the latest Judicial HellholesĀ® report was released last December 15, Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder was barred by Chief Judge Ann Callis from presiding over the the nation’s largest asbestos docket in the wake of a campaign contributions scandal.

. . . → Read More: Madison County Judge Removed from Asbestos Docket

May 6th, 2011

Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business

No one will be surprised to learn that four states notorious for their Judicial Hellholes and Watch List jurisdictions — California, New York, Illinois and New Jersey — have been ranked by corporate CEOs as the worst in the nation for doing business . . . → Read More: Four ‘Judicial Hellholes’ States Ranked as Worst for Business

April 25th, 2011

Ruling by Thin-Skinned Judge Furthers Madison County’s Reputation As a ‘Judicial Hellhole’

A thin-skinned Madison County judge has been baited by a crafty plaintiffs’ lawyer into ordering into evidence irrelevant but plaintiff-friendly “evidence” in an important Illinois environmental case, further cementing the rural county’s reputation among the least fair jurisdictions in the nation . . . → Read More: Ruling by Thin-Skinned Judge Furthers Madison County’s Reputation As a ‘Judicial Hellhole’

December 22nd, 2010

Reforms Sought in Madison County

“Seven businesses that constantly defend asbestos suits in Madison County have urged Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder to curtail the county’s role as a litigation magnet,” according to The Madison Record today.

Though the judiciary deserves credit for significantly improving the county’s civil justice system since Madison County, Illinois was named the report’s first #1 Judicial . . . → Read More: Reforms Sought in Madison County