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August 2, 2016

In the News Today — August 2, 2016

  • Madison County, IL Judge Has ‘Litigation Relationships’ with Asbestos Firms: Since 2013, Madison County associate judge Donald Flack’s annual statements of economic interest at the Illinois Supreme Court have disclosed “litigation relationships” with a number of asbestos plaintiffs’ firms, including Baron and Budd of Houston, Texas, and Simon, Eddins, and Greenstone of Long Beach, Calif.  He didn’t disclosed them on his initial statements, filed in 2012, and the statements “don’t identify the parties or the courts in those cases, nor do they specify the number of cases.” (Madison-St. Clair Record)
  • Delaware Sued over State’s Unclaimed Property Law: Office Depot and North American Card and Coupon Services LLC have sued the Delaware Secretary of Finance, the Delaware State Escheator, and the Delaware Abandoned Property Audit Manager, claiming the state’s unclaimed property law is unconstitutional. The suit challenges provisions of the state’s escheat law, which authorizes the state “to claim unclaimed property and to conduct examinations of companies’ books and records.” The plaintiffs argue the law violates and is preempted by federal common law, and violates the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. (Legal Newsline)

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