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Court considers $4.69 billion verdict in talcum-powder case

The Eagleton Federal Courthouse

A Missouri appeals court held rare in-person oral arguments Friday in a case that resulted in a $4.69 billion verdict for a group of women who claimed they contracted ovarian cancer from using Johnson & Johnson talcum powder. The case ...

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Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund gets $10 million boost

A state fund created to help tort victims who are unable to obtain full compensation recently received a massive infusion after a $74.1 million judgment became final last month. Michael Ketchmark of Ketchmark & McCreight in Kansas City announced on ...

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Directors of Missouri Bar, Public Defender system resign

Sebrina and Michael Barrett

A Missouri lawyer power couple has announced resignations from their respective positions as executive director of The Missouri Bar and director of the Missouri State Public Defender System. Sebrina Barrett, who has served as executive director of The Missouri Bar ...

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George W. Draper III’s speech highlights long-standing court plan critique

George W. Draper III

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice George W. Draper III’s fiery speech at The Missouri Bar Annual Meeting boosted the profile of long-running concerns about bias in the judicial review process. In his Sept. 19 speech, Draper called out the “unprecedented ...

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Jury finds for diocese in Abortion Act lawsuit

A highly unusual employment-discrimination case in Jackson County ended Sept. 18 in favor of the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Michelle Bolen sued the diocese in 2016 after she was terminated from St. Therese Catholic School. Bolen worked at ...

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