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Author Archives: Heather Cole

The failed promise of an oasis

A deal that closed on the eve of recession and the vision of a St. Louis eco-development doomed to incompletion turned out to be the launching point for two personal legal battles for two area lawyers.

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Judge finds ‘troubling’ ethical issues but says indictment should stand

A U.S. magistrate judge found lawyers’ handling of conflicts in a marijuana conspiracy case presented “some troubling ethical issues” but declined to recommend dismissing an indictment because of them. U.S. Magistrate Judge Nannette Baker issued the report and recommendation Sept. ...

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Updated: Former ALJ wins $7M verdict v. Missouri

A former administrative law judge who claimed he was retaliated against after filing a discrimination complaint won a $7 million verdict against the state. A St. Louis jury on Sept. 25 awarded $4 million in actual damages; $2.5 million in ...

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Judge awards $17.8M over trust depletion

A St. Louis County Circuit Court judge followed up a jury’s record $78 million verdict over a depleted trust with a $17.8 million judgment for a related trust. But the judge also ruled that the plaintiff, co-trustee Barbara Morriss, must pay a contribution of $5.9 million.

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Judge cuts fee award request in Ferguson protest case

After weighing police departments’ arguments that a $381,000 plaintiffs’ fee request in a case over Ferguson protest rights was too hefty, Chief U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry cut the amount by more than half.

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Different trial, same result

A second trial four years after the first over the loss of a woman’s eye ended with the same result: a defense verdict. After more than two hours’ deliberation, St. Louis County jurors decided 10 to 2 on Tuesday evening ...

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Attorney for woman who lost eye asks jury for $2.9M

A plaintiff’s attorney again asked a St. Louis County jury for $2.9 million for a woman who claimed an ophthalmologist’s failure to notice a dangerous condition led to her blindness in and ultimate loss of an eye. Leonard Cervantes asked ...

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Showing which size matters

The rates detailed by firms working on the bankruptcy allowed for a comparison with the Minneapolis-area market with those of Missouri’s major metros in Missouri Lawyers Weekly’s eighth annual Billing Rates issue. The issue showcases an annual exclusive sampling of the hourly rates reported by firms in court filings.

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Judge sees problems with sex offender commitment program

A federal judge will hear from state officials as she prepares to consider what changes should be made to bring a program for sex offenders who are committed to a mental health facility “in line with constitutional standards.” U.S. District ...

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