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Sep 21, 2022

Appeals court OKs pot measure, leaves health officials in lurch

In politically salient back-to-back rulings, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District on Sept. 12 and 13 cleared the way for a recreational marijuana measure to appear on the November ballot and left in place a circuit court ruling that limits the ability of local health authorities to respond to the pandemic.

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Aug 12, 2022

Court says COVID doesn’t excuse loan’s repayment

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled Aug. 9 that a valet company that was effectively shut down during the pandemic can’t use the “doctrine of impossibility” to avoid repaying a loan. 

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Jul 15, 2022

Missouri’s novel suit over novel coronavirus dismissed

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is asking a federal appeals court to clear the way for the state to sue China for its role in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jul 12, 2022

Major Opinions: Appellate courts see ‘dip’ in caseloads from pandemic

Missouri’s appellate courts are mostly back to their pre-pandemic operations, but the state’s long drought of trials has left them with fewer cases to be argued and decided.

Jul 11, 2022

Judge throws out Missouri AG’s COVID-19 suit against China

A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt that blamed China for the coronavirus pandemic.

Jun 28, 2022

Court revives block of vaccine mandate for federal workers

In a reversal for President Joe Biden, a federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday agreed to reconsider its own April ruling that allowed the administration to require federal employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Jun 28, 2022

In-House counsel reflect on pandemic-related changes

While sometimes creating concerns about corporate culture and morale, the impact of COVID on in-house legal departments has seen a wave of vocational innovation.

Jun 20, 2022

Workers who lost jobs during pandemic win in benefits fights

The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District ruled June 7 that the state owes unemployment benefits to a fast-food worker whose hours were cut to zero during the pandemic but were never formally terminated.

Missouri state capitol
Jun 14, 2022

Cash from talc verdict flows to Legal Services budgets

The Missouri Supreme Court is hailing a recent influx of $126.1 million to help low-income Missourians access civil legal services.

May 23, 2022

Opponents of federal vaccine mandate seek rehearing

A federal appeals court is being asked to reconsider its decision allowing the Biden administration to require that federal employees get vaccinated against COVID-19.

May 12, 2022

Lindenwood University settles COVID online classes lawsuit

Lindenwood University in St. Charles will pay $1.65 million to nearly 6,000 students who were moved to online classes in the spring of 2020 during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Missouri State Capitol
Apr 29, 2022

House OKs vaccine-injury bill with split GOP support

In an unusual twist, a narrow majority of the Missouri House voted April 25 to make it easier, rather than harder, to sue businesses under certain circumstances. 

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