Elsewhere in Madison County, there was another hearing in the James Blair Down (Sep. 11 and links therein) settlement. The Belleville News-Democrat covers the hearing seriously (albeit focusing on a collateral procedural question, rather than the hearing’s debate over the fairness of the settlement), while a columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch decides to settle for ridicule. (Brian Brueggeman, Belleville News-Democrat, “N.Y. attorney denied access to local suit”, Dec. 16; Bill McClellan, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, “Madison County has a court system made for a TV sitcom”, Dec. 17). Previous columns poking fun at Madison County class action attorneys had resulted in McClellan being sued (Feb. 29, 2000).