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Jury sides with defendant in real estate dispute

A Greene County jury returned a verdict in favor of a seller accused of breaching a real estate contract. Thomas Wooten and Charlene Raines, manager of CWR Properties LLC, entered a real estate contract in June 2006. Wooten, a 51-year-old ...

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Russian student settles suit for $2 million

A foreign student who suffered a severe head injury in a fall off a motel balcony has reached a $2 million settlement of his Christian County premises liability case against the motel. Denis Naumenko, 18, was a Russian student working ...

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Sports facility to pay $162,500 for child’s hand injury

A child who suffered a crushed hand during a day care program at a sports facility has settled his Jackson County premises liability case against the facility for $162,500. All Star Family Sports Arena in Lee’s Summit operated a summer ...

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MU employees to pay $2.25M for football player’s death

The family of former University of Missouri football player Aaron O’Neal, who died after a preseason workout in 2005, has reached a $2.25 million settlement of its Boone County wrongful death case against 14 university employees. “The real question in ...

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Gender discrimination claim rejected

A Clay County jury rejected a female employee’s claim of gender discrimination against a Kansas City transportation company. But the jury sided with the plaintiff on her retaliatory discharge claim, awarding $375,000, including $350,000 in punitive damages. “This is a ...

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Contractor pays $1.75M to settle collision case

A motorist injured in a collision with an electrical truck has reached a $1.75 million settlement of his Greene County case against the electrical contractor and its employee. A severe ice storm passed through Springfield in January 2007, knocking out ...

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Trucker found not liable for collision

A Jackson County jury cleared a truck driver of negligence in a personal injury case brought by a motorist who collided with the defendants’ 18-wheeler. Joyce Maskil, 52, was driving a 1996 Ford Escort north on Interstate 29 near the ...

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