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Attorney’s tax practice gets cut by judge

A St. Louis County jury ordered a tax attorney to pay Stephen Burchard, left, and his wife, Ronda, the $165,000 their attorney, Stuart Berkowitz, center, asked for during closing arguments. The Burchards sued over a tax shelter attorney Phil Kaiser helped arrange.

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Wrongfully convicted man settles against Scott County

Joshua Kezer and his mother, Joni, walk away from the Jefferson City Correction Facility after his exoneration in February of 2009. Kezer, who spent almost half of his life in prison for the murder of Angela Mischelle Lawless, has settled his suit with Scott County and the officials who investigated the murder.

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Monsanto execs face another lawsuit

The entrance to Monsanto Co.’s headquarters in St. Louis is pictured here. A shareholder derivative suit has been brought against Chief Executive Hugh Grant and 12 other Monsanto Co. executives in St. Louis County Circuit Court.

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Among the favorite memorabilia of sports attorney Bob Lattinville are a game ball, a dollar bill and the jersey of Lynn Scott, who Lattinville heard of as “this kid out in the sticks who can really, really play.” Lattinville described some of the items he keeps in his office.

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Taxes? Not this year

St. Louis city's collector of revenue filed the fourth of five delinquent land tax suits for 2010 last month. The collector files suits every year against properties that have fallen three years behind on land taxes. If the property owners don't pay up within about a year, the city has the right to sell the properties for the amount of the existing tax lien.

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