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Author Archives: Kelly Wiese

Workers settle false claims suit against college

A group of workers at a Kansas City area technical college brought a false claims suit against the institution, alleging it was lying in seeking federal financial aid for students. The parties ultimately resolved the case with a $1 million settlement.

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Hospital, doctors win medical-malpractice trial

A St. Louis jury returned a defense verdict in a case brought by the daughter of a woman who died less than two weeks after seeking treatment at an emergency room. The plaintiff alleged the woman had a fungal infection and if doctors had admitted her to the hospital, they could’ve prevented its spread before it overwhelmed her system.

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Courtside: $11M collected after appeal on default judgment

Usually, serving a defendant with a lawsuit isn’t a critical point in litigation. But sometimes, it can mean the difference between a symbolic but basically worthless piece of paper and $11 million in the bank.

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Man settles injury claim for policy limits pre-suit

A man injured in a vehicle collision in Kansas City settled his claim with the other driver’s insurer for $100,000, the policy limit, his attorney said. Edward Gibbons, then 65, was driving southbound on Wornall Road in Jackson County on ...

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Courtside: Judges, jurors offer tips on do’s and don’ts in court

Trial lawyers always want to know what a judge or juror really thinks as a case unfolds. At a recent state bar conference, they had the chance to hear from several of each and pick up tips for improving their courtroom demeanor, and, ideally, their success rate.

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Primer on 2012 Top Verdicts & Settlements

It’s already that time of year again. Missouri Lawyers Weekly is starting to research the state’s top verdicts and settlements of 2012. If your firm has had a notable settlement or a successful trial result — plaintiff or defense — we want to hear about it, and the sooner, the better.

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Family settles claims tied to man’s suicide

The parties in a wrongful death case that made it all the way to the Missouri Supreme Court to determine how to handle a claim for a suicide ultimately agreed to settle the case confidentially.

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Equine acumen: Lawyer found ways to satisfy horse habit, on a budget

Like many little girls, Beth Riggert grew up loving horses. Unlike many little girls, she put her love into action and learned how to ride, compete in horse shows and otherwise surround herself with the hulking animals she adores.

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Courtside: Lawyers dissect defense’s federal court preference

In reviewing civil litigation every week, it struck me how often corporate defendants move a case to federal court when they have the opportunity. It’s a phenomenon that’s probably little-known outside legal circles and may even cause head-scratching among attorneys who rarely handle complex civil lawsuits.

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