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October 2016

  • Tom Zurliene appointed as Village Attorney for St. Libory

  • Attorney Tom Zurliene was appointed as Village Attorney for the Village of St. Libory, St. Clair County, Illinois.

  • Fred Keck recently had the following journal article published in the Journal of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association (ILGLA):

  • Mendez v. Town of Cicero – 2016 IL App (1st) 150791 - The Consequences of Being a Non-Prevailing Party under the Illinois Human Rights Act – Even in Cases of a Plaintiff’s “Nominal” Success - Wherein Monetary Relief for Future Lost Wages and Emotional Distress are Not Awarded under 775 ILCS 5/10-102(C)(2).

September 2016

  • Firm reaches $300,000.00 settlement with VA Hospital in North Dakota and Minnesota

  • Lawyers Nate Brown and Mike Weilmuenster reached an agreement with the United States to settle a claim for $300,000.00 alleging that the VA failed to provide appropriate colorectal cancer screening and arrange for a colonoscopy over a four-year period. The United States asserted that North Dakota law applied to the claim, and that the federal court was prohibited from awarding more than $500,000.00 for non-economic damages as alleged in the veteran’s claim. The U.S. Army veteran who brought the claim had a personal history of colon polyps, and his GI specialist had recommended a repeat colonoscopy be performed in two years; however, the VA failed to make arrangements for the colonoscopy during any of the veteran’s primary care visits. The VA also failed to identify the delinquent need for a repeat colonoscopy before the veteran was diagnosed with Stage IIIb colon cancer.

    The facts of the veteran’s claim demonstrate the consequences when the VA departs from its established procedures and practices in providing primary and specialty care services and informing veterans and their caregivers of the need for specialty care.

  • Family of Deceased Nursing Home Resident Settle Claim against Nursing Home

  • The family of a deceased nursing home resident represented by Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C. settled a claim with the decedent’s nursing home for a confidential amount. The claim alleged that the nursing home violated the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act by failing to perform a fall risk assessment and institute fall risk interventions beginning at the time of admission. The resident was admitted to the nursing home for a short, rehabilitation stay after suffering a fall at her home. Within 12 hours of arrival, the resident fell in her room, fracturing her hip and lacerating her head. Without any fall risk measures in place, the resident remained at an unreasonable risk of falls and injury.

  • Firm files wrongful death lawsuit

  • Weilmuenster & Keck has just filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Coles County, IL regarding a husband and father of five who died of a pulmonary embolism as a result of a deep vein thrombosis that developed within days of a broken right leg. It is alleged that the defendant was negligent in failing to recognize the development of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.

July 2016

  • Fred Keck recently had the following journal article published in the Journal of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association (ILGLA):

  • Village of Bartonville v. Salvador Lopez and Policemen’s Benevolent Labor Committee, Inc., 2016 IL App (3d) 150341 – Should a Terminated Bargaining-Unit Employee Be Allowed to Arbitrate the Issue of Termination After Fully Participating in a Termination Hearing Before a Police and Fire Board? - “A Supplemental Form of Due Process”

  • Weilmuenster & Keck files lawsuit

  • Our firm recently filed a lawsuit in federal court on behalf of a woman who was an inmate at a Southern Illinois jail where she received medical care and treatment through a company called Correctional Healthcare Companies, Inc./Correct Care Solutions. Our client was prescribed a drug well above the maximum recommended dosage and as a result thereof developed severe, life threatening injuries.

June 2016

  • Fred Keck re-appointed as City Attorney for Troy

  • Attorney Fred Keck was re-appointed as City Attorney for the City of Troy, Madison County, Illinois. Mr. Keck has been serving as City Attorney since December of 2010.

April 2016

  • Confidential settlement obtained on behalf of victim of childhood sexual abuse involving a former priest of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville

  • Mike Weilmuenster obtained a settlement on behalf of a now adult male regarding abuse he endured as a child by a former priest of the Diocese. The terms of the settlement are confidential. This is one of a number of victims that our firm has successfully represented involving claims of sexual abuse by a priest of the Diocese of Belleville.

January 2016

  • Settlement Obtained in Automobile Accident Case

  • Attorney Fred Keck successfully obtained a $100,000.00 settlement on behalf of a driver who sustained injuries as a result of an automobile accident in Monroe County, Illinois.

  • Fred Keck selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2016

  • Attorney Fred Keck was selected as a Rising Star for 2016 by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is his fifth consecutive year of being selected as a Rising Star, which is limited to no more than 2.5% of lawyers eligible in the State of Illinois.

  • Mike Weilmuenster selected as Super Lawyer for 2016

  • Attorney Mike Weilmuenster was selected as a Super Lawyer for 2016 by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is his ninth consecutive year of being selected as Super Lawyer in the State of Illinois.

  • Confidential settlement obtained regarding wrongful death of mother of three

  • Mike Weilmuenster recently obtained a confidential settlement against a local hospital on behalf of a local woman who died shortly after undergoing a routine colostomy. The lawsuit alleged that the colostomy was negligently performed which caused sepsis to develop resulting in the death of a 56 year old woman who was survived by three adult children.

December 2015

  • Confidential Settlement Obtained in Property Damage Case

  • Fred Keck obtained a confidential settlement on behalf of a local St. Clair County business who sustained substantial property damage to its office building as a result of work performed by a contractor.

July 2015

  • Weilmuenster & Keck obtains recovery for a woman and her family against one of the country’s largest medical laboratories

  • Senior Partner Mike Weilmuenster obtained a settlement for a young woman and her family regarding failure to diagnosis breast cancer. The terms of the settlement agreement are confidential.

May 2015

  • Weilmuenster & Keck files federal lawsuit against The United States of America over negligent care of mother during pregnancy

  • Weilmuenster & Keck filed law suit against The United States of America on behalf of a mother. The mother presented with complaint of premature rupture of membranes. The lawsuit, filed under the federal tort claims act, alleges that the doctor failed to order and properly perform diagnostic tests. The child was born days later and died of infection shortly after delivery.

April 2015

  • Weilmuenster & Keck reaches settlement agreement with hospital and doctors over stroke

  • Our attorneys have reached an undisclosed settlement with a hospital and treating doctors for failing to timely and adequately treat patient which resulted in stroke.

March 2015

  • Weilmuenster & Keck settles claim of sexual abuse involving a former priest of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville

  • Weilmuenster & Keck obtained a settlement on behalf of a now adult male regarding allegations of abuse by a priest who was formerly affiliated with the Catholic Diocese of Belleville. The terms of the settlement are confidential. This is the 7th victim that our firm has successfully represented involving claims of sexual abuse by a priest of the Diocese of Belleville.

  • Fred Keck appointed to ILGLA board

  • Fred Keck has been appointed to serve a two (2) year term (2015-2017) on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association (ILGLA). The ILGLA is a membership organization for attorneys who represent local governments throughout the State of Illinois. ILGLA promotes access to professional education, information exchange and professional interaction among all Illinois local government attorneys. Its purpose is to ensure the highest level of professional representation to units of local government.

February 2015

  • Weilmuenster & Keck files law suit on behalf of minor concerning hospital’s failure to report suspicion of child abuse

  • Plaintiff was taken to a local emergency room with a broken leg and the type of fracture was consistent with abuse. However, the healthcare providers at the emergency room failed to report or notify the appropriate authorities and several days later the young girl was again the victim of abuse where she sustained life threatening injuries.

November 2014

  • Mike Weilmuenster selected as Super Lawyer for 2015

  • Attorney Mike Weilmuenster was selected as a Super Lawyer for 2015 by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is his eighth consecutive year of being selected a Super Lawyer in the State of Illinois.

  • Mike Weilmuenster selected as The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100

  • Attorney Mike Weilmuenster was selected The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100. He has received this honor since 2008.

  • Fred Keck selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2015

  • Attorney Fred Keck was selected as a Rising Star for 2015 by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is his fourth consecutive year of being selected as a Rising Star, which is limited to no more than 2.5% of lawyers eligible in the State of Illinois.

October 2014

  • Columbia American Legion Post No. 581 and WFG National Title Insurance Company have reached an agreement resolving a dispute between the Legion and Metro East Title Corporation as well as its owner, Karen Steinke


  • The settlement arises out of the sale of the park property on the east side of Locust Street to the City of Columbia that occurred in August of 2013.  Under the terms of the settlement, the Legion recovers all amounts owed:  sale price, interest and attorney’s fees.

    The Legion would like to publicly recognize and thank its legal counsel, Mr. Fred Keck of Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C., who assisted the Legion in reaching a resolution to the dispute. 

    The Legion would also like to publicly recognize and thank its members and supporters for their continued support throughout this process. 

June 2014

  • Fred Keck re-appointed as City Attorney for Troy

    Attorney Fred Keck was re-appointed as City Attorney for the City of Troy, Madison County, Illinois. Mr. Keck has been serving as City Attorney since December of 2010.

  • Settlement obtained in motorcycle accident

    Attorney Fred Keck successfully obtained a $175,000.00 settlement on behalf of a couple who sustained injuries as a result of an accident.

  • Brian Manion re-appointed as Village Attorney for Freeburg

    Attorney Brian Manion was re-appointed as Village Attorney for the Village of Freeburg, St. Clair County, Illinois. Our attorneys have represented the Village of Freeburg since 2006.

March 2014

  • Settlement obtained in Madison County case on behalf of client who sustained eye injury

    Attorneys Mike Weilmuenster and Fred Keck successfully obtained a $150,000.00 settlement on behalf of a young man who sustained injuries after being struck in the eye by another patron in a Madison County hotel.

  • Settlement obtained in St. Clair County case on behalf of client who was sexually abused

    Attorneys Mike Weilmuenster and Fred Keck successfully obtained a $300,000.00 settlement on behalf of a young man who was the victim of sexual abuse. The settlement was paid by three (3) separate insurance companies who denied coverage throughout the litigation. This denial was unsuccessful as the St. Clair County Court found in favor of the victim in a contemporaneous declaratory judgement action.

February 2014

  • Arbitration Award Obtained Upholding Employee Discharge

    Attorney Fred Keck represented a local employer in a grievance arbitration challenging the discharge of a union employee. On January 15, 2014, the Arbitrator ruled in favor of the local employer, and denied the union’s grievance on behalf of its discharged employee. Specifically, the arbitrator found that there was just cause for termination.

January 2014

  • Arbitrator finds in favor of Village of Freeburg

    Arbitrator: Freeburg was right to fire officers accused of vandalism (Read more)

December 2013

  • REPRESENTED BY THE WEILMUENSTER LAW GROUP, P.C., U.S. ARMY VETERAN FILES SUIT AGAINST VA HOSPITAL DUE TO A DISABLING BUT PREVENTABLE STROKE

    The Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C. is representing a veteran of the United States Army and has filed a federal lawsuit under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) in the Eastern District of Virginia with the assistance of local counsel. According to the suit filed against a local VA hospital, the veteran underwent an uncomplicated total hip replacement in February, 2011, but then experienced worsening symptoms soon after the surgery. His symptoms were eventually diagnosed with a disabling stroke but were originally regarded as a “positioning issue” from the surgery.

    The attorneys of the Weilmuenster & Keck, P.C. sponsor Defending Our Heroes—a website with information for service members, veterans, and their caregivers focused on their rights as patients of the VA healthcare system. Patients of the VA have the right to file a federal case over issues in the quality of their VA healthcare when the care causes a preventable injury, but they must follow the administrative process of the FTCA.

October 2013

  • Fred Keck selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2014

    Attorney Fred Keck was selected as a Rising Star for 2014 by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is his third consecutive year of being selected as a Rising Star, which is limited to no more than 2.5% of lawyers eligible in the State of Illinois.

May 2013

  • Fred Keck re-appointed as City Attorney for Troy

    Attorney Fred Keck was re-appointed as city Attorney for the City of Troy, Madison County, Illinois. Mr. Keck has been serving as City Attorney since December of
    2010. In his capacity as City Attorney, Fred Keck drafts ordinances, tax levy’s and intergovernmental agreements, advises the board on personnel issues, and relies upon
    his experience in litigation when providing advice and drafting municipal policies and procedures.

May 2013

  • J. Brian Manion re-appointed as Village Attorney for Freeburg

    On May 6, 2013, Attorney Brian Manion was re-appointed as the Village Attorney for Freeburg, Illinois. The appointment was made by newly elected mayor, Seth Speiser, and was unanimously approved by the Village Board of Trustees. Our attorneys have represented the Village of Freeburg since 2006. In addition to providing legal services on behalf of the Village, Brian Manion also represents the Village in its public labor relations under the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.

May 2013

  • Victims, School District reach settlement concerning sexual abuse within School District

    Our firm reached a confidential settlement in two separate suits with the School district concerning the repeated acts of sexual abuse perpetrated by a former teacher and administrator while the victims were minor male students. The victim’s lawsuits allege that the School District and its administrators had knowledge of prior acts of sexual abuse and failed to take any corrective actions to prevent future acts of sexual abuse.

October 2012

  • Victim, School District reach settlement concerning sexual abuse within School District

    Our firm reached a confidential settlement with the School District concerning the repeated acts of sexual abuse perpetrated by former teacher and administrator while the victim was a minor male student. The victim’s lawsuit alleged that the School District and its administrators had knowledge of prior acts of sexual abuse and failed to take any corrective actions to prevent future acts of sexual abuse.

August 2012:

  • Fred Keck selected as Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2013

    Attorney Fred Keck was selected as a Rising Star for 2013 by Super Lawyers Magazine. This is his second consecutive year of being selected as a Rising Star, which is limited to no more than 2.5% of lawyers eligible in the State of Illinois.

July 2012:

  • Fred Keck nominated to serve on Board of Directors for St. Clair Stars

    Attorney Fred Keck was nominated to serve on the Board of Directors for the St. Clair Stars. The Stars will play in the Southern Illinois Select Baseball League (SISBL) starting this fall.

June 2012

  • Attorneys file lawsuit: School District knew about sexual abuse for years but turned a blind eye

    Attorneys filed a federal lawsuit against Freeburg Community Consolidated School District No. 70, Clarence Haege and Lawrence Meggs concerning childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by former teacher and administrator, Robin Hawkins, against a minor male student. The suit alleges that the school district was aware of the sexual abuse but did nothing to prevent it or future acts of abuse.

May 2012:

  • Fred Keck Re-Appointed as Troy City Attorney

    Attorney Fred Keck was re-appointed as City Attorney for the City of Troy, Madison County, Illinois. Mr. Keck has been serving as City Attorney since December of 2010.

April 2012

  • Case filed against nursing home for its failure to implement fall prevention measures

    Our attorneys have filed suit against a St. Clair County nursing home alleging that the nursing home failed to institute fall prevention measures required by federal and state regulations. The patient fell in the nursing home and sustained a head injury which resulted in her death. By law, nursing homes are required to maintain an environment free of accidents and must take all reasonable measures designed to minimize the risk of accidents, including falls.

March 2012

  • Victims and Diocese reach confidential settlement concerning sexual abuse within the church

    Three victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by a priest within the Catholic Diocese of Belleville have reached a settlement with the Diocese. The victims’ lawsuits alleged that the Diocese was aware of multiple acts of sexual abuse but failed to take any steps to remove the perpetrator from the clergy or limit access to minor male parishioners.

March 2012

  • Attorneys bring claim against surgeons and emergency room doctor for the failure to timely and properly treat patients deteriorating condition

    Our attorneys have filed a claim against two surgeons and emergency room doctor for their failures to timely and adequately treat a patients deteriorating condition which resulted in a stroke. The patient had recently undergone vascular surgery which exposed him to a greater risk of intracranial hemorrhage. Part of the patients claim includes a failure to adequately instruct the patient and his family of the warning signs of a complication and safe blood pressure parameters. Suit was filed in Jefferson County, Illinois.

January 2012

  • Attorneys file lawsuits: School District knew about sexual abuse for years but turned a blind eye

    Attorneys filed two federal lawsuits against Freeburg Community Consolidated School District No. 70, Clarence Haege and Lawrence Meggs concerning childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by former teacher and administrator, Robin Hawkins, against minor male students. The suits allege that the school district was aware of the sexual abuse but did nothing to prevent it or future acts of abuse.

September 2011:

  • Motions for Summary Judgment filed by insurance companies concerning sexual abuse of client denied by St. Clair County Court

    Attorneys Mike Weilmuenster and Fred Keck successfully overcame Motions for Summary Judgment filed by three (3) separate insurance companies concerning the duty to defend their insureds in a sexual abuse claim pending in St. Clair County. The St. Clair County Court found an affirmative duty on behalf of the insurance companies to defend the allegations brought by our client.

September 2011:

  • Attorney Nate Brown Attends Meetings Regarding The Illinois Gaming Board Licensing Process For New Video Gaming Terminals

    Attorney Nate Brown recently attended the meetings of the Illinois Licensed Beverage Association and the Illinois Coin Machine Operators Association. Both meetings were related to recent developments in the Illinois Gaming Board's licensing process for Operators and Locations seeking to install the new gaming terminals under a gaming expansion bill passed earlier this year by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by the Governor.
    If you would like more information about recent developments or are interested in working with our attorneys in the licensing process, please Contact attorney Nate Brown at 618.257.2222.

September 2011:

  • Arbitration Award Obtained Upholding Employee Discharge

    Attorney Brian Manion represented the employer in a grievance arbitration challenging the discharge of a village police officer. On September 12, 2011, Arbitrator Ruth M. Moscovitch ruled in favor of the Village of Freeburg and denied the union's grievance. Specifically, the arbitrator found that there was just cause for termination where the grievant visited a friend 17 miles from the village while on duty and then falsely completed an activity log, which indicated that the grievant was patrolling in the Village during that time.
    Read the decision here.

September 2011:

  • Settlement Obtained On Behalf Of Family Of Woman Killed By Drunk Driver

    Attorneys Mike Weilmuenster and Brian Manion represented the daughters of a woman killed by a drunk driver in East Alton, Illinois. Our attorneys filed a lawsuit under the Dram Shop Act against the tavern which served the at fault driver at least 15 drinks prior to the collision.

August 2011:

  • Defendant Diocese Pays Victim of Abuse $6.33 Million

    Nine years after our lawyers filed suit on behalf of a parishioner who suffered abuse in his parish, the defendant diocese paid the $5,000,000.00 jury verdict plus interest. After a summer, 2008 trial, a jury awarded $5 million to the plaintiff, and the defendant diocese appealed to the Fifth District and to the Illinois Supreme Court.
    Read more

August 2011:

  • Victims of Indiana Stage Collapse Retain our Attorneys

    Individuals with front row tickets at the Indiana State Fair who were injured during the stage collapse have retained our attorneys to represent their interests. Each day, new reports are emerging about what concert officials knew about impending storms and weather conditions before the tragic collapse.
    Read more (Watch the video of the collapse)

July 2011:

  • Attorneys Reach Settlement With Hospital, Doctors For Minor

    Our attorneys have reached a undisclosed settlement with a hospital and Treating doctors on behalf of a minor suffering from cerebral palsy-like injuries. The suit alleged that the young girl's injuries were the result of negligent treatment during her 2006 birth. The terms of the settlement are confidential.

July 2011:

  • Attorneys File Federal Suit Against School District, Officials

    Our attorneys have filed a federal lawsuit against a school district in southern illinois on behalf of a minor for injuries sustained due to repeated student-on-student physical abuse occurring on school property. The suit alleges that school district officials were aware of the abuse but did nothing to prevent it.

June 2011

  • Attorneys file lawsuit against nursing home claiming inadequate admission assessment and failure to take fall prevention matter

    Our attorneys filed suit against a Madison County nursing home for its failure to adequately assess a residents risk for fall and take appropriate measures to prevent a fall. The lawsuit was filed under the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and is based on violations of several provisions of Federal and State laws and regulations related to nursing home care.

May 2011:Weilmuenster Law Group

  • Supreme Court sides with victim of priest-sex abuse

    By refusing Defendant Diocese's request for a Supreme Court review, the Illinois Supreme Court allowed the 5th District Appellate Court's opinion to stand. The Supreme Court's decision moves the victim closer to realizing the $5 million jury verdict issued after a two-week trial and a decade-long discovery process into what Diocesan officials knew prior to assigning the offending priest to the victim's parish.

May 2011:

  • Case filed against Physicians, Hospital for failure to timely treat stroke patient

    Our lawyers have filed suit against two physicians and a hospital alleging a failure to take timely and appropriate action to treat a patient's worsening condition. The patient presented to the hospital's emergency room displaying early signs of a stroke. As a result of the delay in receiving treatment, the patient suffered permanent and severe brain damage.

April 2011:

  • County, FOP reach deal to put laid-off deputies back to work

    After being laid off in early January, both sides have agreed to a deal to put laid-off deputies back to work. Discussions seeking a compromise between St. Clair County and the Fraternal Order of Police had been ongoing since a decision was issued in the interest arbitration between the parties in late, 2010.
    Read more