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Tort Victims’ fund gets $480M from talc judgment

Missouri’s Tort Victims’ Compensation Fund received a contribution of more than $480 million the week after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to disturb a $2.1 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson.

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Man gets new trial in 2016 murder case

Eastern District

The Court of Appeals Eastern District on June 15 granted a new trial for a man convicted of killing a St. Louis music promoter after witnesses were allowed to testify that they believed his alleged confessions to murder.

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Jackson County OKs funds for courthouse repairs

The Jackson County Legislature on June 21 approved nearly $1.3 million in funds to cover costs for additional repairs of the Downtown Kansas City Courthouse’s chilled-water system.

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Judge strikes down Medicaid expansion amendment

Gavel, legal image

A Cole County judge has struck down a 2020 constitutional amendment expanding Medicaid eligibility after ruling it is unconstitutional because it indirectly requires the appropriation of revenues not created by the initiative.

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New punitive damages law doesn’t affect ongoing suit

Eastern District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled June 15 that Missouri’s new punitive damage standards cannot be applied to lawsuits filed before the law took effect last year.

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Juvenile offender too late to appeal certification as adult

Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District ruled June 15 that a teenage robbery suspect is too late to take advantage of a newly recognized right for juveniles to appeal their certification to be tried as adults.

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Supreme Court finds police immune from pursuit claims

Missouri Supreme Court

Two law enforcement officers cannot be held personally liable for a police pursuit that led to the death of a 16-year-old girl because they are covered by official immunity, the Missouri Supreme Court has held.

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