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Renters’ rights: Kansas City tenants’ right to counsel upends landlords with pro se litigation pattern

The approximate 10 percent of landlords who represent themselves in eviction court must now scramble for their own lawyers. The Kansas City Council unanimously voted to approve an ordinance that starts a program to fund legal representation for the city’s tenants by June 2022.

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Court finds whistleblower law allows suits for co-workers’ acts

Eastern District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District on Dec. 14 reinstated an auto mechanic’s claim that he was fired for reporting a co-worker for stealing, despite a recent change in state law that appeared to bar such a suit.

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Harassment law challenged as danger to free speech

Missouri Supreme Court building

The Missouri Supreme Court heard Dec. 8 oral arguments on whether a new state law outlining second-degree harassment is unconstitutionally overbroad in the case of a defendant versus a judicial officer.

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St. Charles County settles assistant counselor’s suit against ex-top cop

Gavel atop a thick book

A former assistant county counselor in St. Charles County reached a settlement of more than $400,000 in a sexual harassment lawsuit alleging a years-long effort by a now-retired county police chief whose workplace misconduct, she said, was both well-known and ignored by other top county officials.

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Governor taps Growcock for Southern District bench

Court of Appeals, Southern District

Gov. Mike Parson named Jennifer Growcock to the Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District on Dec. 3. Shortly after, she officially resigned as a circuit judge in Christian County and was sworn in at the appellate court.

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