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Multi-plaintiff talc trial starts in St. Louis

The latest talc trial, and the first to include multiple plaintiffs, started Friday morning in St. Louis. The case is one of more than 2,000 lawsuits filed in St. Louis alleging that Johnson & Johnson products, including its baby powder, ...

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National professional responsibility conference held in St. Louis

The American Bar Association is holding its annual National Conference on Professional Responsibility in St. Louis this week. Around 330 people are attending, which is an above average turn out, said Alice Neece Mine, chair of the Center for Professional ...

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Retired judge receives probation for DWI charge

A now-retired St. Louis County judge who was charged with driving while intoxicated after an accident on New Year’s Eve afternoon in 2015 received two years of probation on Wednesday. Richmond Heights municipal court records show that Lawrence J. Permuter, ...

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Sandberg Phoenix taps autism partnership for new employee

Scott Nelson spent a year interviewing for jobs before landing one in the law library at Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard. Nelson, who is 30 and has high-functioning autism formerly called Asperger’s Syndrome, was working a food delivery job at ...

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Court suspends attorney who got DWI while on probation

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a Joplin attorney who got a DWI while his law license was on probation. David Joseph Riesenmy was put on probation in 2013 for mishandling his attorney trust account, including violating rules about ...

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Defense team for priest shares trial strategies in abuse case

A defense verdict has been somewhat rare in an alleged priest abuse case, but a team of Clayton lawyers recently obtained one in Lincoln County using a few key strategies, including focusing on the multiple stories the alleged victim told and the improbability of her original story, attorney Jerry Carmody said.

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National racial and ethnic fairness conference reviews Ferguson lessons

Ferguson has become a symbol for tensions that exist among law enforcement, communities of color and our courts, a former justice department official told a group of judges, lawyers and others from across the country gathered in St. Louis.

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Attorney with history of admonitions loses license

The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a Potosi attorney with a lengthy discipline history. Michael P. Kelly, who was admitted into the Missouri Bar in 1984, received four admonitions between 1994 and 2013, all for violating Missouri attorney ethics ...

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St. Louis County panel pushes alternative courts

Jordyn Leslie, a registered nurse who turned to a life of drugs at age 24, tried everything to get clean, but it wasn’t until she started drug court in St. Louis County that she was successful. “Initially it gave me ...

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