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Seller did not breach real estate sale contract

After more than six years of litigation, two trials and an appeal, a Jackson County judge has ruled that a seller did not breach a real estate contract for the sale of a Kansas City apartment building. The seller recovered ...

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Patron who broke hip outside restaurant recovers $352,095

A restaurant patron who broke her hip by tripping on a manhole cover outside a Springfield restaurant has reached a $352,095 settlement of her Greene County case against the restaurant. On July 15, 2007, LaVonda Akre, 67, and her family ...

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Suit over fire at apartment building settles for $12M

Family members of two deceased people and surviving victims received a total of $12 million in a settlement involving a Lawrence, Kan., apartment fire. Boardwalk Apartments resident Jason Rose began the October 2005 fire that ultimately claimed three lives. Rose ...

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Hotel patron raped in her room recovers $1M

A hotel patron who was forced into her room and raped has settled her case against the hotel for $1 million. The confidential parties agreed to the settlement before suit was filed. “There are inexpensive means to monitor hallways and ...

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Brain-injured passenger settles collision case for $1.25 million

A passenger who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car accident has reached a $1.25 million global settlement of his Johnson County, Kan., case against the drivers of both vehicles involved in the collision. The settlement included $900,000 from ...

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Repairman settles workers’ comp claims for $450,000

A repairman has reached a $450,000 settlement of his workers’ compensation claims against the Branson automobile dealership where he worked. The parties settled before suit was filed. Darin Hurst, 40, worked as an automobile repairman at Tri-Lakes Ford for 15 ...

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Four KC doctors prevail in wrongful death case

A Jackson County jury returned a verdict in favor of four doctors alleged to have provided negligent care that resulted in a patient’s death. After a two-week trial, the jury “agreed with us that these were very caring, competent doctors ...

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Injured motorist recovers $900,000 after collision

A motorist injured in a rear-end collision has recovered $900,000 following a ruling from a Johnson County judge allowing the stacking of automobile liability policies against a defendant driver operating a non-owned vehicle. Alfred Durbin, 76, was driving a 1998 ...

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