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Author Archives: Charles Emerick

Jackson County Courthouse Roundup

Ortega named to city’s judicial commission A former high-ranking police official is joining the Municipal Judicial Nominating Commission. Mayor Mark Funkhouser appointed Vince Ortega to the commission on Thursday. He replaces Nelsie Sweeney, a Kay Barnes appointee whose term expired ...

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Hulshof to join Polsinelli Shughart

Former U.S. Rep. and Republican candidate for governor Kenny Hulshof will join the soon-to-be-merged Polsinelli Shughart firm on Sunday, the firm said late Tuesday. Hulshof, who had represented Missouri’s 9th Congressional District since 1997, will be a shareholder in the ...

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Husband wins $530K over staple left in wife

A doctor accused of not removing a staple that prevented the flow of urine from a woman’s kidney was ordered to pay more than $530,000 by a Jackson County jury. The verdict, returned Monday afternoon, was awarded to the husband ...

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Hulshof to join Polsinelli Shughart

Former U.S. Representative and Republican candidate for governor Kenny Hulshof will join the newly merged Polsinelli Shughart firm on Feb. 1, the firm said late Tuesday. Hulshof, who had represented Missouri’s 9th Congressional District since 1997, will be a shareholder ...

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Jackson County Courthouse Roundup

Class claims medical equipment was not properly cleaned An Independence hospital failed to disinfect tools used in endoscopic procedures, a new class action lawsuit claimed. The lawsuit, filed earlier this month, seeks a maximum of $5 million in damages from ...

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Credit score damage costs bank $171K

A small but wrongly applied credit card fee dinged a man’s credit score so badly that it cost him tens of thousands of dollars when he bought a house. Now the bank that stubbornly refused to waive the fee has ...

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Hotel sues over obscene sheetrock

A historic Kansas City hotel is blaming a local construction company for "graphic markings" that have appeared in a number of rooms over the past several years. Since the Hotel Phillips opened in 2001, according to a recent lawsuit, drawings of male genitalia and a nude female are among the various scribbles that have bled through vinyl wall coverings throughout the downtown hotel.

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