Jackpot Justice in Madison County?
Donation controversy focuses attention on Madison County asbestos litigation
BY NICHOLAS J.C. PISTOR firstname.lastname@example.org > 314-340-8265
Posted: 01/28/2012 1:30 PM
EDWARDSVILLE • The slots at the Madison County Courthouse can lead to big-dollar payouts that rival anything at a casino.
These so-called slots aren't machines with flashing lights but hundreds of entries on a docket, a legal word for a court schedule. They reserve trial dates for asbestos damage cases that may not even have been filed yet.
In theory, a court date can be waiting for someone who hasn't filed suit or hasn't even learned he's sick.
A political fundraising controversy last month led to the replacement of the judge in charge of the docket. It also drew attention to a unique asbestos litigation fast-track process that is lauded for rushing millions of dollars into the pockets of the dying but criticized for rushing millions into the pockets of their lawyers.
Ordinarily, someone claiming damages files a lawsuit in his name, and the case is put on a civil trial docket as the first step on the road to trial.
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