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Attorney surrenders license after trust misuse

A Southwest Missouri attorney voluntarily surrendered his license after admitting to misappropriating client funds for personal use. James Williams Kelley IV, of Clever, filed a petition of voluntary surrender of his law license in January. Although no formal charges had ...

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St. Clair attorney suspected in girlfriend’s death

The Missouri Supreme Court has placed an interim suspension on the law license of a St. Clair attorney who is being held in a Mexico jail and facing a criminal homicide investigation. John Loveless, who has been licensed to practice ...

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Carmody MacDonald attorneys worked on NGA land deal

Many in St. Louis celebrated earlier this month when the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency announced plans to stay in the city — keeping 3,100 jobs. Among those celebrating were Carmody MacDonald attorneys who have been working behind the scenes on the ...

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Lawyers claim firm fired them to avoid huge payout

Two plaintiffs’ attorneys are suing their former firm claiming they were terminated after they helped win a $390.5 million verdict and did not receive their fair share. Wendy Fisher and Eric Fisher of Colorado firm Reilly Pozner were among the ...

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Plaintiffs seek $1.5 billion from Philip Morris

Plaintiffs are asking for more than $1.5 billion in a case against Philip Morris that claims the cigarette manufacturer misled consumers into thinking Marlboro Lights were less harmful than regular cigarettes.

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St. Charles attorney suspended over improperly obtained documents

The Missouri Supreme Court issued a six month suspension for St. Charles attorney Joel Eisenstein for using documents unlawfully obtained by a client. The discipline case arose from Eisenstein representing Gregory Koch in his divorce case against Katie Koch, who ...

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Ruling poses tough legal questions

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem’s ruling to strike down parts of Senate Bill 5, which lowers caps on municipal fines,will test special law and unfunded mandateissues. In his ruling Monday, Beetem declared that the portion of a law capping ...

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Chief judge questions Batson

“Implicit bias, precisely because it is a subconscious phenomenon, does not lend itself to credibility determination by trial judges,” Van Amburg wrote in the opinion. “Consequently, Batson and its proof framework does not and cannot address implicit bias.”

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Artist selected for sculpture at St. Louis Civil Court

A committee has selected sculptor Preston Jackson’s design for a freedom memorial planned for the east plaza of the Civil Courts Building in downtown St. Louis. The installation will be a “dynamic visual narrative to memorialize more than 300 courageous ...

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Federal court diversion program sees its first graduates

The program is one of only a few like it in the country, Chief Judge Rodney Sippel said at the graduation ceremony. It focuses on rebuilding lives, instead of incarcerating people, he said.

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Jury awards plaintiff more than $20 million in environmental tort case

UPDATED A Springfield jury awarded a 27-year-old woman $20.6 million in damages in a case alleging the woman’s chronic disease was caused by an exposure to a toxic chemical dumped by a Missouri-based ball bearings manufacturer. The case arises from ...

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