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Missouri couples speak on SCOTUS gay marriage ruling

  Couples who were plaintiffs in same-sex marriage cases spoke at an ACLU of Missouri press conference in St. Louis June 26 after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled gay and lesbian couples had a constitutional right to marry. In order ...

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Widow wins $11.5M verdict in asbestos case

UPDATED Plaintiff’s attorneys won an $11.5 million verdict in St. Louis Circuit Court late last week for the widow of a man allegedly exposed to asbestos while working on a U.S. Navy ship in the 1950s. The jury awarded $1.5 ...

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Plaintiffs’ attorneys ask for up to $70M in PCBs case

Correction: The names of attorney Steven Kherkher and his firm, Williams Kherkher, were misspelled in an earlier version of this post. We regret the error. Plaintiffs’ attorneys Thursday asked for a total of $40 million to $70 million for two California men ...

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Appeals court upholds $12.5M verdict for ex-BNSF worker

V&S Update A Missouri appeals court upheld a $12.5 million verdict for a former southeast Missouri railroad worker whose right leg was amputated below the knee after a Crystal City railyard accident. A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals ...

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High court upholds gun, farming amendments on split votes

Missouri Supreme Court judges splintered their opinions as they found that ballot issues on gun rights and the “right to farm” had fair enough descriptions and titles to pass muster in hand downs issued Tuesday. The judges gave a total ...

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COURTROOM CONFLICT

Prominent criminal defense attorneys hammer each other over alleged client conflicts in sprawling drug smuggling case

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Attorneys win $5.6M over handling of real estate investment

UPDATE A group of St. Louis-area attorneys won a $5.6 million verdict against Apex Clayton Inc. for its handling of a real estate investment group in which they were limited partners. After a week-long trial, a St. Louis County jury ...

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The Mysterious M.J.

Curiosity about an unusual lawsuit filed by a secretive man brought me to a U.S. District Court courtroom to observe a hearing on a bright May day three years ago. Though the defendants were medical providers — Washington University-affiliated doctors ...

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