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Family of grandmother killed in drag-race wreck settles for $1.325M

Family members of Kathleen Koutroubis, the 73-year-old grandmother killed in 2016 by a drag-racing wreck in Frontenac, have settled with two defendants in their wrongful-death lawsuit. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company paid the deceased woman’s sons, James and John ...

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USIC settles claims for $10.1M against rival, former employees

Attorneys from the Kansas City-based law firm German May reached a $10.1 million settlement on behalf of USIC, an Indianapolis company that specializes in locating underground utilities. The settlement brings to a close a lawsuit USIC filed against a competitor ...

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St. Louis County defender requests waitlist to ease caseloads

St. Louis County District Defender Stephen Reynolds has put forth a partial solution to what he calls “excessive and untenable” caseloads shouldered by the attorneys in his office: a waitlist for indigent defendants. In a motion filed Oct. 28, Reynolds ...

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Gay officer wins $20M sex-discrimination suit against St. Louis County

After a five-day trial, a St. Louis County Police Department sergeant won a nearly $20 million jury verdict on claims of sex/gender discrimination and retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act. Keith Wildhaber, who is gay and a 25-year veteran ...

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Appeals panel: Filing of garnishment papers not unauthorized practice of law

The Eagleton Federal Courthouse

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District on Oct. 22 said a St. Louis County collection agency’s filing of garnishment documents did not constitute the unauthorized practice of law. Three plaintiffs — Velma L. Mitchell, Tanisha L. Winston and Kayla ...

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Cases before Missouri Supreme Court test claims for out-of-state workers

Missouri Supreme Court

Does the Missouri Human Rights Act protect an employee from discrimination by a Missouri company if he or she lives and works outside of the state? It is a question of first impression for the Missouri Supreme Court that animated ...

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Missouri prison nurses sue contractor for unpaid activity

Three Missouri correctional nurses have filed a class-action complaint in federal court against Corizon Health, the main health care provider in the state’s prisons, on claims of unpaid pre- and post-shift activity. If the court certifies a nationwide class of ...

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John D. Cooney, 36

John D. Cooney

Location: St. Louis Practice Area(s): Civil defense, insurance law, premises liability, products liability Law School: University of Missouri Some of John D. Cooney’s earliest memories involve visiting the downtown St. Louis law office of his father, John F. Cooney, and ...

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Corey M. Casey, 39

Corey M. Casey

Location: Kansas City Practice Area(s): Intellectual property, Hatch-Waxman litigation Law School: University of Missouri-Kansas City One of the things that makes Corey Casey a superb litigation strategist and planner for drug manufacturers is that he’s a registered pharmacist. While earning ...

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