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Class action suit claims to find something the iPhone can’t do

A potential class action lawsuit in St. Louis County alleges that Apple and AT&T Mobility misled consumers about the iPhone's capability to send picture and video text messages. Attorneys Tim Engelmeyer and Joel Schwartz filed the lawsuit. “See, if I try to text this picture to you, it doesn't work,” Schwartz says as he demonstrates in his office in Clayton on Monday. AT&T is the only cellular carrier for the iPhone. Apple and AT&T sell the iPhone in both of their stores.

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Fire chief’s demotion upheld

A St. Louis Circuit judge has upheld the city's decision to demote an ex-fire chief. The St. Louis City Civil Service Commission first upheld Sherman George's demotion last August and George (pictured) appealed the commission's decision to the circuit court. Judge Robert Dierker affirmed the commission's decision on Friday and had asked the commission to supplement its findings of fact and conclusions of law regarding Sherman George's claims of racial discrimination and constructive discharge. The commission has 60 days to turn the decision over to the court.

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Smoking trial begins again, four years later

Four years ago, attorney Ken McClain (pictured) achieved a partial victory against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. A jury awarded the family of Barbara Smith $500,000 to compensate for her 2000 death from diseases related to her 48-year smoking habit. But the accompanying $20 million punitive award was thrown out after a lengthy appeals process. This week, the case went back before Jackson County Judge Marco Roldan and a new jury, which must decide a relatively limited question: did Brown & Williamson sell the Kool cigarettes that Smith smoked with complete indifference or conscious disregard for the safety of its customers?

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Koster’s chief of staff leaves for PSC job

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Attorney General Chris Koster's chief of staff to be a commissioner for the Public Service Commission. Robert Kenney (pictured), who joined the attorney general's office late last year when Koster was transitioning into statewide office, was tapped to join the commission that regulates Missouri utilities. He will replace Commissioner Connie Murray, whose term expired. The appointment of Kenney provides a jolt of sorts to Koster's administration. Previously a partner at Polsinelli Shalton Flanigan Suelthaus, Kenney was one of the first people Koster hired onto his staff.

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Writ seeks to force funding for defenders

Attorney's filing also alleges misconduct by St. Louis County prosecutor's office

L. Steven Goldblatt has taken it into his own hands to address problems with Missouri's Public Defender System. In the process, he alleges that an assistant St. Louis County prosecuting attorney threatened that if his client didn't plead guilty he would lose his law license. Goldblatt (pictured), of the Goldblatt Law Firm, plans to file an emergency writ of petition for habeas corpus with the Missouri Supreme Court today.

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