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Past victim’s age may give father a second chance

Eastern District

The Eastern District Court of Appeals says a Monroe County man might be able to be reunited with his child because a previous conviction for abuse of a 17-year-old doesn’t automatically disqualify him.

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UMKC law school launches dean search

Nearly a year after the announcement that Ellen Suni would step down from her post as dean of the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, the school has launched a search for its next dean. The full search committee, ...

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Appeals court transfers challenge of asbestos law

Western District

The Missouri Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the validity of a 2013 law granting enhanced benefits in cases involving death from asbestos exposure. On Tuesday, the Western District Court of Appeals transferred a case that is believed to ...

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Quarry neighbors win second nuisance case

A long-running dispute over quarry truck traffic in a southern Jackson County city has resulted in an $831,000 verdict. The lawsuit goes back to 2011, when 18 plaintiffs, a mix of former and current residents of Second Avenue in the ...

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Court order could end case against Bayer

Missouri’s highest court has ruled that state courts did not have jurisdiction over Bayer when a judge overruled the company’s motion to dismiss personal injury claims brought against it by out-of-state plaintiffs. The underlying lawsuit, filed in St. Louis Circuit ...

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Panel recommends reprimand for Zahnd

A disciplinary hearing panel has found Platte County Prosecutor Eric G. Zahnd guilty of professional misconduct for his handling of a child molestation case.

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Appellate courts issue significant decisions on civil, criminal practice

In the first six months of 2016, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down 50 opinions including significant decisions on noneconomic damage caps and co-employee liability. In the second half of the year, the high court’s pace slowed considerably, and the Court of Appeals picked up the slack with decisions interpreting the co-employee liability cases and on a variety of civil and criminal procedural issues.

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