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Arizon broadens litigation over Russian domes

A St. Louis inflatable buildings company that won a nearly $17 million arbitration award against a client now is targeting a competitor over a contract for sports domes in Russia. Arizon filed a lawsuit Jan. 5 in federal court in St. Louis against its competitor Air Structures American Technologies Inc. of New York state and known as ASATI.

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Lobbying for a little change

Corporate clients that have been sitting on the sidelines are starting to get involved in lobbying efforts as President-elect Barack Obama takes office as president and the Democratic Party tightens its grip on Congress, according to attorneys and lobbyists. Now the Missouri firms who have beefed up or started Washington, D.C., government affairs practices the past three years may find out whether their investment will pay off.

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Too many yeses

In 2008, Thompson Coburn's St. Louis office had a goal of recruiting 15 second-year summer associates. Instead, the firm ended up with 23 because of a "huge" acceptance rate, said Ruthanne Hammett, chairwoman of Thompson Coburn's employment committee. For 2009, the firm downsized its second-year summer associate goal to 12 and lowered the number of summer job offers. Client demand is decreasing for some corporate work because of the recession, so large national law firms are hiring less than they have in previous years.

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St. Charles County jury awards $2.3M to ex-Easy Returns owners

The former owners of a St. Charles pharmaceutical returns business sold after a federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation won a $2.3 million jury verdict against the buyer. A St. Charles County jury on Dec. 12 sided with brothers David and ...

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Shareholder would drop lawsuit for cut of restitution

Plaintiff Daniel Nickell is willing to drop his federal lawsuit against former Engineered Support Systems executives over stock options backdating. There’s just one catch: His attorneys want a 25 percent cut of the nearly $10 million in restitution former Chief ...

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Taking a sneak peek at big firm revenue

Some of the leaders of Missouri’s biggest firms were working the first weekend of 2009 to close the books on 2008. When they finished, several had cause to breathe a sigh of relief. In a year marked by large-scale national ...

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Jury awards $2.3M to ex-Easy Returns owners

The former owners of a St. Charles pharmaceutical returns business sold after a federal Drug Enforcement Administration investigation have won a $2.3 million jury verdict against the buyer. A St. Charles County jury on Dec. 12 sided with brothers David ...

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Two bits times six

U.S. Senior District Court Judge Dean Whipple may not throw gavels, but he has been known to curse like a sailor.

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