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Author Archives: Anne C. Vitale

No damages awarded to employee who lost arm

A Buchanan County jury declined to award damages to an employee whose arm was severed in a machinery accident. The jury found no fault for the employee’s product liability and negligence claims against the company that designed and installed the ...

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Boat mechanic’s family settles suit over death

The family of a boat mechanic who suffocated after being trapped by an outboard motor has settled a wrongful death case against a marine dealer for $2 million. An investigation into the accident set the stage for compensatory damages. It ...

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Phantom-driver claim settles for $150,000

A motorist injured in a collision allegedly involving a phantom driver has recovered $150,000 in stackable uninsured motorist coverage. The parties settled before suit was filed. “It is becoming increasingly tough to get insurance companies to pay six-figures in non-operated ...

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Patron beaten outside restaurant settles case

A patron severely beaten outside a Kansas City restaurant settled his Jackson County negligent security case against the restaurant and its night manager. The settlement amount and defendants’ identities are subject to a confidentiality agreement. The case involved a restaurant ...

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Eminent domain case nets $1.4M verdict

After a commissioners’ award of $605,000 for condemned property in Branson, a trial of exceptions resulted in a $1.48 million verdict from a Taney County jury. New Jersey residents Peter and Ramona Ricciardi purchased a 7-acre commercial tract with frontage ...

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Jury favors injured man in product liability suit

A federal jury in St. Louis returned a $510,000 verdict for an employee at an auto parts company in his product liability suit against the manufacturer of a grinding machine. The jury allocated 35 percent fault to the plaintiff, reducing ...

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Jury rejects negligence claims in fatal accident

A Jasper County jury rejected negligence claims stemming from a fatal machinery accident. The decedent’s family had claimed a salvage company owner who loaned heavy equipment to the decedent was at fault for the accident. Michael Ellis Sr., 72, was ...

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Three-car collision case settles in Clay County

A motorist sandwiched between a tow truck and another car in a three-vehicle collision has settled her Clay County case against the other drivers for $890,000. Barbara Tucker, 71, was driving a 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis south on U.S. 69 ...

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Injured motorcyclist settles against speeder

A motorcyclist injured in a collision with a pickup truck agreed to settle for $628,254 before suit was filed in Johnson County, Kan. “To overcome the forces that make Johnson County one of the most difficult venues for plaintiffs, we ...

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Engineering firm cleared of professional negligence

A Jackson County jury returned a verdict in favor of an engineering firm on professional negligence and breach of contract claims brought by Kansas City over a redesigned filtering system at a wastewater plant. Kansas City’s Water Services Department owns ...

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Former bank customer’s award sliced to $126.81

Following a bank president’s criminal conviction for bank fraud, a former customer brought civil claims against the bank for negligent hiring, retention and supervision. But a jury in Randolph County was not convinced. It found the former customer 99 percent ...

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