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Author Archives: Jessica Shumaker

Designers, builder of demolished UMKC dorm settle suit 

In two settlements, the designers and builders of a University of Missouri-Kansas City apartment building that was demolished in 2020 because of water and mold damage agreed to settle a suit brought by the University of Missouri.

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Verizon receipt not enough to compel arbitration

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled June 29 that a Verizon customer’s 2015 receipt referencing settling disputes by arbitration is unenforceable because it exceeds the scope of what reasonable parties would expect in entering an agreement.

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Ex-Steak ‘n Shake worker liable for viral Facebook post

A federal jury in St. Louis has found a former Steak ‘n Shake worker liable for defamation for her viral Facebook post alleging that a local store sold burgers with live worms in them.

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Court declines to broaden grandparent visitation rights

Eastern District

A Missouri appeals court has declined to grant a grandmother visitation rights after ruling that state law does not give her the opportunity to seek them outside of the context of a dissolution proceeding.

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Al Jazeera journalists settle tear-gas suit

Three Al Jazeera America journalists who were tear-gassed while covering the 2014 protests in Ferguson settled their federal suit against a St. Charles County law enforcement officer for $280,000, according to their attorney.

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Court rules attorney-review fees not permissible

Elad Gross

Public governmental bodies in Missouri are not permitted to charge Sunshine Law requesters for the time attorneys spend reviewing the request, a unanimous Missouri Supreme Court ruled June 29.

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