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Mediator awards $1.5M to sleeping driver injured in Illinois truck crash
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2019-09-20
A woman injured in a trucking accident in Effingham County, Illinois, received $1.5 million after entering binding mediation with the responsible party, according to her attorney. Attorney Kevin J. Roach said his client was asleep in her cab when she was hit by another truck driver, leaving her with a serious lower back injury requiring…
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Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee settles wage suit for $650,000
Posted by: Jessica Shumaker on 2019-09-19
A group of Buffalo Wild Wings franchises in seven states — including Missouri — has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit against it alleging violations of federal and state minimum-wage laws. U.S. District Judge Stephen R. Bough gave final approval to the settlement on Sept. 5. The class representative of the suit,…
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L.A. jury awards $34M verdict to mechanic in asbestos suit represented by Alton-based firm
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2019-09-18
Simmons Hanly Conroy won a $34 million verdict against Ford Motor Company in an asbestos case in California. Following a four-week trial, a Los Angeles jury on Aug. 29 awarded Arthur and Janet Putt $8.5 million in compensatory damages and $25.5 million in punitive damages, the Alton, Illinois-based firm said in a news release. The…
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BNSF loses $17M verdict, faulted for concrete barrier at railroad crossing
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2019-09-17
Many lawsuits against railroads involve allegations of a lack of safety devices. In a case in Cape Girardeau County that resulted in a $17 million plaintiff’s win, the safety device was the issue. A jury on Aug. 30 awarded $12 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages for a girl who was…
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Worker paralyzed in tree-trimming fall earns $1.1M workers’ compensation settlement
Posted by: Alan Scher Zagier on 2019-09-12
A Mexican landscaper who was paralyzed 14 years ago after falling from a ladder while trimming trees at a Ladue home settled a state workers’ compensation claim for more than $1.1 million. Jose Angel Valdez Garcia, who was 36 at the time, had received an agricultural worker’s visa and been in the United States for…
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$1.75M settlement reached after interpleader litigation
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2019-09-11
A man whose family died in a car crash reached a $1.75 million settlement following litigation about the defendant’s insurer’s level of liability, according to the family’s attorney. AW Smith of The AW Smith Law Firm in Columbia said the plaintiff’s wife and minor son were struck in a T-bone collision while making a left-hand…
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Fatal truck crash results in $4 million settlement, additional litigation
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2019-09-10
A truck crash that killed a woman and severely injured her adult daughter resulted in a $4 million total settlement, according to an attorney for the plaintiffs. Robert D. Curran of the Curran Law Firm in Springfield said the accident occurred in a construction zone on eastbound Interstate 44 in Phelps County. A tractor-trailer driver…
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Jefferson County woman awarded $750,000 after injuries linked to a fight between dogs
Posted by: David Baugher on 2019-09-09
A Jefferson County woman was awarded $750,000 in connection with injuries sustained when her dog was attacked by another canine. “During the scuffle between the dogs, my client was pulled to the ground, causing her shoulder to dislocate and damaging the cartilage within the shoulder socket,” said Todd Nissenholtz of Cofman Townsley, which represented the…
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State oversight of schools may keep it on hook for $4M award
Posted by: Alan Scher Zagier on 2019-09-05
The state of Missouri’s 12-year takeover of the formerly unaccredited St. Louis Public Schools may be complete, but a legal dispute involving a $4 million default judgment against an ex-music teacher imprisoned for repeated sexual assault of a female student appears headed for a lengthy fight. The former student at Central Visual and Performing Arts…
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St. Louis settles for $385,000 with girl crushed by door at Tilles Park
Posted by: Nicholas Phillips on 2019-09-04
St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael K. Mullen gave final approval on Aug. 20 to a $385,000 settlement between The City of St. Louis and a young girl badly injured at a city park. According to court records, the plaintiff will use the money to resolve approximately $39,000 in medical liens and to cover $139,000 in…
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