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Homeowners sue JPMorgan Chase under MMPA

A couple has filed a potential class action lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase alleging the New York-based lender intentionally misled and delayed Missouri home-owners seeking loan modifications.

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Fallout from tuition lawsuits to be examined

A new joint legislative committee will spend the rest of the year parsing the impact of two court decisions that have caused considerable strife for St. Louis County school districts. The committee likely won’t hold hearings or take substantive action on the issue until after a scheduled Sept. 26 trial date in the higher-profile case of the two decisions, said a Senate spokeswoman.

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MU’s Dessem will step down as dean

University of Missouri School of Law Dean Larry Dessem told family and friends in July that he will step down from his leadership post at the school after the end of the school year, which starts Aug. 22.

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8th Circuit redefines ‘collapse’

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stepped in for the Missouri Supreme Court this week, creating new caselaw about the definition of “collapse” in property insurance policies. In the past, Missouri appellate courts — but never the Supreme Court — have endorsed a narrow definition, interpreting “collapse” as a completely flattened structure or one reduced to rubble.

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Springfield firm settles legal malpractice case

Springfield law firm Neale & Newman has settled a legal malpractice suit that alleged an attorney at the firm mishandled a bank’s dispute with a farming couple.

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Plaintiff No. 1: Paralegal brought issue of Doe Run pollution to light

As the lead smelter’s gray smokestack towers above her, Brenda Browning walks toward a grassy hollow next to the low-slung Herculaneum City Hall building. A paved driveway leads to nowhere. Two white clothesline posts stand absently nearby.

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Agent, owners cleared in open-house injury

A Jasper County jury decided a couple selling a home and their real estate agent weren’t responsible for a woman’s injuries sustained at an open house.

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