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Topsy-turvy top verdicts of ’08

Juries in St. Louis County and St. Louis City used 2008 to kill any lingering stereotypes about their ideological leanings. Long considered a venue that’s home to more conservative juries, a St. Louis County jury last May handed out a ...

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Court delivers blow to arbitration agreements

In a pair of decisions that caught the attention of lawyers across the state, the Missouri Supreme Court for the first time weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration agreements in nursing home contracts. The early outlook for business interests is not good, according to lawyers who defend businesses in injury cases. The court ruled that the surviving children of nursing home residents are not bound by the fine print legal clauses in their parents' contracts, and a concurring opinion found them to be unconscionable adhesion contracts.

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Guaranty corporation must help workers of bankrupt companies

A Missouri appeals court has spelled out the responsibilities of the Workers’ Compensation Division in helping injured workers gain benefits from bankrupt companies. The court also chastised a state guaranty corporation for doing little to help worker Richard Jones secure ...

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Moving forward from tragedy

At one of the last meetings of the Kirkwood City Council before Christmas, Council Member Ignatius “Iggy” Yuan handed out a holiday gift to his colleagues – coffee mugs emblazoned with the motto “Life is good.” The message rings deeply ...

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Hanging out the shingle

For a new lawyer who makes most of his living handling traffic tickets, Greg Stewart cruises through a lot of yellow lights. On his way to the county courts in Clayton, his white 1998 Honda Accord zips through an intersection ...

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