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Jury awards $1.36M to fire-damaged church

A church that sued a fire alarm company after its building sustained heavy damage is due $1 million under a judge’s order. But the attorneys are still fighting over how much the church actually will get. The case went to ...

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Martinez confirmation delayed

Efforts to confirm Bryan Cave partner Linda Martinez as director of the state’s economic development agency ran into a speed bump at the state Capitol on Thursday. The Senate Gubernatorial Appointments Committee had signed off on her appointment. But the ...

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Legal document company accused of practicing law

Two clients of a legal document preparation company are now suing it, claiming We The People is practicing law without a license. St. Louis attorney Neil Smith, of the Smith Law Firm, filed suit last week in St. Louis County Circuit Court against parent company Dollar Financial Corp., We The People USA Inc. and We The People of Greater St. Louis. Smith is seeking class action status for his litigation. In essence, he argues the companies are violating state laws by charging fees, typically hundreds of dollars, to draw up papers to use in courts, according to a copy of the lawsuit.

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Court ends volunteering to avoid jury duty

For many people, getting a summons to serve on a jury is far from a welcome piece of mail. Potential jurors regularly plead their case with judges about why serving won’t work. But until recently, potential jurors in Lincoln and ...

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Bond won’t seek fifth term

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond will not seek re-election when his seat is up again in 2010. Bond, a Republican, was first elected a senator in 1986 and has been re-elected three times. Bond shared the news in a speech to ...

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Where the law meets politics

A big-time client comes to you needing help. You research the issue, study the pros and cons, and determine the simplest way to fix the problem is not to file litigation but to get the problematic law changed. What now? ...

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