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Sexual Harassment Suits Become 'Growth Industry'

Three jury verdicts on sexual harassment claims in the last six weeks demonstrate the broad sweep of newly-discovered remedies available under Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. A UMKC dentistry student won a $65,000 verdict against the Curators ...

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Sovereign Immunity Doesn't Bar 'Patient – Dumping' Suit

Where a city hospital refused to treat an emergency patient for insurance reasons, the hospital was not protected by sovereign immunity when the patient sued under the federal “patient-dumping” statute, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Western District. The ...

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Covered: Accident Going To Work In Company Car

An employee who was killed while driving a company car to work was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, according to the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Eastern District. This is so despite the general rule that trips “going to or coming ...

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Expert Can Attack Interview In Sexual Abuse Prosecution

A man charged with sexual abuse of a child may use expert testimony to attack the interviewing techniques of the state’s witnesses, the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Eastern District has held in a case of first impression. The defendant may ...

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These Lawyers' Flights Are More Than Fanciful

Frustrated by the hassles of flying commercial to get to an out-of-town deposition? Or driving 100 miles across Missouri for a hearing? Maybe you should fly your own airplane. Springfield attorney Lynn C. Rodgers has done it for years. He ...

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Notice Of Appeal Filed Long Before Decree Amended Is Not Defective

Even though the judgment attached to a notice of appeal was amended three months later, the notice still conferred jurisdiction on the appellate court, according to the Missouri Supreme Court. This is because the original decree “appeared to dispose of ...

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Unemployment Comp Pleading Not Required To Name Defendant

A worker who sought judicial review of his unemployment compensation claim did not have to identify as a defendant the hospital he had worked for, the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled. Even though a statute requires the employer “be made ...

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Damages Cap Bars Interest On Judgment Against State

A farmer who won a $100,000 personal injury judgment against the state highway commission cannot collect prejudgment interest because it would exceed the statutory cap on damages against the state, the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals has ...

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How To Handle 300 Cases A Year For $167 Each

Would you handle a criminal defense for under $200? The Missouri Public Defender System does it all year long. In fact, the “typical defender” in the system’s Trial Division handled about 300 criminal cases last year – 62 percent of ...

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Comp Claim Lost Because Worker Not Own Employer

A business owner’s statement that he was going to pick up some paperwork just before he was killed in a car accident could not be admitted in a workers’ compensation hearing to prove he was acting in the course of ...

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No Setoff For Sick Leave In Comp Case

An employer who forced an injured worker to use sick leave benefits must still pay the worker full temporary disability under the Workers’ Compensation Act without any setoff for the sick leave, the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission has held. ...

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