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Alienation Of Affections Is Still A Viable Cause Of Action

Alienation of affections remains a viable tort in Missouri, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled. This is because a 1994 state supreme court decision expressly preserved the common law tort when it abolished the companion ...

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Top Software For Law Firms

It’s time for the winners of the semi-annual SHELDON AWARDS: Software and Hardware Every Lawyer Desiring Opulence Needs I’ve always believed that the most important function of the computer in the law office is word processing. I’ve always used some ...

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Lawyer Sues Layman For Filing Ethics Complaint

In a variation of “man bites dog,” a Columbia lawyer has won a $10,000 judgment against a layman who filed an ethics complaint against her. Kimberly J. Shaw, an attorney with the Capital Crimes Division of the Public Defender’s office, ...

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Judge Allowed To Alter Decree To Match Oral Stipulations

Can a judge change a previously-issued decree to reflect an oral agreement of the parties at the time of the decree? Yes, says the Eastern District of the Court of Appeals. Where a husband died before he completed paying five ...

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Psychologists Sued For Failure To Report Abuse

A sexually abused child can sue the psychologists consulted by her stepfather because they failed to report the abuse and did not warn her that his abuse might continue, says the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. The ...

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Supreme Court Transfers

Child Support, Work Comp And SIS Cases Are Taken The Missouri Supreme Court accepted three cases on transfer at its regular en banc conference on May 30. The court denied transfer on 52 other cases. At the meeting the court ...

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Sports Cases: Assumption Of Risk Not Total Defense

A school district may be liable to a student injured during a track meet because of the district’s negligence in maintaining a long jump pit, ruled the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. In this case the combined ...

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3-Step Process Required When License Board Disciplines Doc

A medical doctor cannot be disciplined by the licensing board unless the Administrative Hearing Commission first finds a cause for discipline, says the Missouri Supreme Court. The court made the ruling in a case involving discipline of a doctor’s license ...

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Federal Law Is No Bar To State Formaldehyde Suit

A family of four who say they were harmed by formaldehyde emissions in their mobile home can sue for damages in spite of an argument that federal law preempts their claim, says the Eastern District of the Court of Appeals. ...

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Bash By Highway Rock Triggers UM Coverage

A man who was bashed in the head by a rock while he was driving on an expressway has won a $100,000 judgment against his uninsured motorist carrier. There was no collision with another vehicle. In fact, any second vehicle ...

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Limited Partner Sued For Extra Capital Contribution

A limited partnership had a common law right to sue one of the partners for failure to make additional capital contributions required by the partnership agreement, the Western District of the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled. The partnership could ...

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