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Woman rear-ended on rainy road reaches $100,000 settlement
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2020-02-25
A Cahokia, Illinois, woman who suffered injuries to her neck, back and knee received a $100,000 settlement from the driver who struck the rear of her vehicle, according to her attorney. James F. Ram of Brown & Crouppen said his client, Sylvia Chamberlain, then 54, was stopped at a red light on South Seventh Street…
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Settlement in wrongful-death case shuts down Missouri firearms dealer
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2020-02-24
A Jackson County judge approved a nonmonetary settlement in a wrongful-death suit that requires a gun dealer to get out of the firearms business. The settlement partially resolved the suit brought last year by Alvino and Beverly Crawford, who alleged that their son, Alvino Dwight Crawford, was fatally shot in July 2016. Their suit alleged…
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Volunteer fire department settles for $765,000 after fatal collision
Posted by: Alan Scher Zagier on 2020-02-19
The widow of a 40-year-old Potosi man killed while trying to redirect traffic at an accident scene settled a wrongful-death suit for a total of $765,000 against the local volunteer fire department and the 18-year-old EMT who struck the man while responding to the crash. According to the complaint and a Missouri State Highway Patrol…
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Jurors clear doctor in contaminated-mesh case
Posted by: David Baugher on 2020-02-18
A Kansas jury ruled that a doctor properly advised a Lee’s Summit man who encountered ongoing post-operative problems due to contaminated mesh. “It was a fairly straightforward case,” said defense attorney Jeff K. Brown of Logan, Logan & Watson. “A patient had post-operatively developed wound-healing issues following a hernia repair performed by my client.” The…
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Jackson County jury sides with former city employee in retaliation lawsuit
Posted by: Jessica Shumaker on 2020-02-17
A Jackson County jury has awarded a former maintenance worker for the Kansas City Water Services Department $790,000 in damages following a nearly two-week trial. On Feb. 6, the jury sided with Ronald E. Williams on his claims of retaliation and hostile work environment against the city, awarding Williams $286,000 in compensatory damages and $504,000…
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Parents of toddlers abused at Kansas daycare win $350,000 at trial
Posted by: Lawrence Davidson on 2020-02-14
A jury awarded $350,000 to families of toddlers whom eyewitnesses said were abused at an Emporia State University-run daycare center. The unanimous verdict against the school and its daycare director came in less than three hours after a six-day trial in Lyons County, Kansas, District Court. The case stems from the director and school failing…
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Audrain County settles claim for $5M after man dies in jail
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2020-02-13
A central Missouri county agreed to pay a $5 million settlement following the death of a man in its county jail. Micheal Eisenhauer, 42, died in the Audrain County Jail on June 13, 2019, after another inmate, Ryan Wade Blair, allegedly assaulted him. Eisenhauer had been incarcerated on a domestic assault charge. Eisenhauer had been…
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Woman settles claims for $245,000 after dump truck hits her car
Posted by: David Baugher on 2020-02-12
A woman injured in a car crash involving a dump truck reached a $245,000 settlement, despite claims by the defense that the larger vehicle’s brakes failed. “Because of the truck’s speed, it tipped over right in front of her,” said plaintiff’s attorney Richard Zalasky of Brown & Crouppen. “Fortunately, it didn’t crush her.” Zalasky said…
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St. Louis County jury awards $650K to injured motorist
Posted by: Alan Scher Zagier on 2020-02-10
A 35-year-old Ladue woman injured in a February 2015 rear-end collision won $650,000 from a St. Louis County jury after the at-fault driver’s insurer rejected a considerably smaller policy-limits settlement demand. Maranda Cocking was hit from behind while driving a 2008 Lincoln MKX and stopped in traffic on eastbound Ladue Road near its intersection with…
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The year of the empty chair: For some big cases, the defense was MIA
Posted by: Scott Lauck on 2020-02-05
To an unusual degree, Missouri Lawyers Media’s Top Verdicts & Settlements rankings for 2019 feature cases in which the defense at trial was less than optimal, to put it mildly. The year’s second-largest case, Enslein as Trustee for Xurex Inc. v. Di Mase, ended in a jury verdict of nearly $118 million after the individual…

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