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Jury rejects plaintiff’s dram shop liability claims

A jury in Ralls County rejected dram shop liability claims brought by a bar patron. The plaintiff had claimed that the bar over-served her companion-driver, resulting in a car accident that severely injured the plaintiff. Jennifer Hirner, 26, was at ...

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Collision case nets settlement for welder

An employee who suffered severe ankle and foot fractures in a head-on collision has recovered $492,750 from his employer’s underinsured motorist carrier. Cale Montgomery was driving a Ford F-150 southbound on U.S. 65 in Springfield about 9 p.m. on Sept. ...

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Jury favors plaintiff in refusal to pay case

A jury in Jefferson County awarded $204,783 to a homeowner who alleged that his insurance company vexatiously refused to pay for repairs due to water damage in his home. Darrell P. Bartley, 44, lived in an atrium ranch home in ...

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Injured motorist settles claims in collision case

A motorist who suffered a severely fractured leg during a collision has settled his claims for $317,500. The settlement included $67,500 in underinsured motorist coverage. “It was difficult to reach a settlement in this case because the parties had significant ...

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KC doctors cleared of negligence in death

A jury in Wyandotte County, Kan., returned a verdict in favor of two doctors at a Kansas City hospital. Plaintiffs alleged negligence and miscommunication during a patient’s hospital discharge led to a fatal overdose. Mimie Wallace had been taking Mevacor, ...

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Real estate contract found unenforceable

A judge in Texas County refused to enforce a real estate sales contract based on claims that the elderly seller was unduly influenced to sell a 1,200-acre farm below market value. Glendora Martin, a disabled and widowed 81-year-old woman who ...

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Jury sides with student in premises liability case

A jury in Cooper County awarded $287,921 to a student who fell and injured her knee in a community college classroom. Stephanie Finnell, 43, was a part-time student taking a night class at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. The ...

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Jury awards $600K for medical malpractice claims

A federal jury in southern Illinois awarded $600,000 to the family of a patient who died from complications following a surgical procedure. Jennifer DeArmon, 31, suffered from anterior horn cell disease and frequent pulmonary infections. She sought treatment with Dr. ...

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Driver who rear-ended van wins defense verdict

A St. Louis County jury returned a verdict in favor of a motorist who rear-ended another driver. The defendant driver contended the plaintiff’s injuries were either preexisting or occurred during subsequent collisions. Alan G. Kestler, 42, worked as a route ...

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Excessively smooth pavement blamed for fatal accident

An arbitration panel in Jackson County awarded $1.1 million for injury and wrongful death claims stemming from a fatal car accident on an allegedly dangerous stretch of highway in Independence. The Missouri Highways and Transpor-tation Commission, the board that governs ...

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