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Former St. Louis mayor settles legal mal-practice suit

Former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. and his firm settled for $10,000 a legal malpractice lawsuit over the alleged failure to file a workers’ compensation claim on time. Bosley told plaintiff Dwayne Reid that his workers’ comp claim for ...

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Appeals court upholds $20.5M verdict in Jack in the Box beating

An appeals court upheld a $20.5 million award to a man who suffered a brain injury after being beaten by a group of people in the parking lot of a south St. Louis Jack in the Box. Generally, business owners ...

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Jury duty no-shows increase in St. Louis

Two defense attorneys are claiming that low jury pool turnout puts at risk their client’s rights in what would be the first death penalty trial in St. Louis in more than four years.

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UPDATE: Appeals court: Jury should decide FedEx contractor v. employee status

An appeals court steered litigation over the employment status of nine men who worked FedEx delivery territories back to U.S. District Court, saying the question of whether they were employees or independent contractors should be submitted to a jury. “In ...

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Conflict-of-interest question persists in marijuana case

The attorneys for a man charged in a marijuana smuggling case continued their arguments Monday that the case against him should be thrown out over the alleged conflicts of a law firm that previously represented him. Thomas Anderson Jr.’s current ...

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Lawyer’s lunch gives judge indigestion

Allegations come as bankruptcy judges and trustees investigate whether Critique and associated attorneys are continuing “improper and unlawful activities” that led to U.S. Trustee lawsuits and attorney discipline over the past 16 years.

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High court issues contradictory majority opinions on same day

The families of five people who died at a Chillicothe hospital in 2002 said the hospital hid for years suspicions that a respiratory therapist intentionally killed the patients. The mother of Belinda Beisly, who was shot to death in 2009 ...

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Judge approves $4.75M settlement over Anthem advertising calls

After a judge trimmed plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees by $460,000 in class action settlement over advertising calls to cell phones, an objector and his attorney are receiving $41,000 as compensation for challenging parts of the agreement. U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh ...

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Public defender director Barrett takes sharp tone with old boss

Michael Barrett, once an aide in Gov. Jay Nixon’s office, fired off a scathing letter to his former employer this month. The new director of the Missouri State Public Defender system aimed squarely at the governor in a sharply-worded call ...

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Same judge, same plaintiffs’ attorneys, similar cases: different results

After a six-day trial, jurors on Aug. 7 gave a defense verdict to Ford Motor Co. in a lawsuit brought by Ava and Aubrey Campbell. The couple had claimed Ava Campbell’s mesothelioma was at least partly caused by shaking out her husband’s clothes after they were exposed to asbestos-laden brake dust from Ford Broncos at his U.S. Army job.

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