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New Courts Administrator Faces Variety Of Duties

Ronald L. Larkin is Missouri’s new State Courts Administrator, replacing Jane Hess, who retired January 21. The Supreme Court appointed Larkin to his new position, and he began work April 1. Larkin will supervise 62 employees in the Office of ...

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Work Comp: Exceptions Limit 'Picnic Doctrine'

Employees who hurt themselves playing volleyball and walking on stilts at company picnics have both won workers’ compensation awards in separate cases decided by the same panel of the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Eastern District on April 12. The stilt-walking ...

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Original Support Order Entered Under URESA

Where a mother obtained an Illinois divorce and child custody order in 1976, but the court “reserved” the question of child support and never ordered the father to pay support, a Missouri court could still obtain jurisdiction under the Uniform ...

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Lost Profits Not Covered By 'Valued Policy' Law

The business interruption endorsement on the fire insurance policy issued to a manufacturer was not a “valued policy” under Missouri’s valued policy statute, the Eighth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals has ruled. A “valued policy” is one ...

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Girl Can Sue Grandmother For Allowing Sexual Abuse

A girl who suffered five years of sexual abuse by her step-grandfather during visits to her grandmother’s house, can sue the grandmother for negligent supervision, the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled. The court recognized that ...

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Employee Is Off-Duty But Company Is Still Liable

Where employees of a car rental company knew that an off-duty employee was drunk, but did not prevent him from driving a company van, and the off-duty employee caused a fatal accident, summary judgment against the victim’s family on their ...

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Punitives Allowed For Negligent Infliction Of Pecuniary Damages

Even though dairy farmers sustained only pecuniary losses when an electric cooperative negligently terminated their electric service, they still made a submissible claim for punitive damages, the Southern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals has ruled. The court held ...

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Missouri Title Companies Had Banner Year In 1993

Missouri title insurance companies had a banner year in 1993, according to their annual reports filed with the Missouri Department of Insurance. As a group, the 17 licensed title companies in Missouri showed a 20 percent rise in premiums written ...

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Remittitur Of $3.8 Million Stands Even Though Fraudulently Obtained

Where a trucking company’s chief financial officer gave perjured testimony about his company’s net worth and caused a judge to remit a $4.2 million judgment to $350,000, the owners of trucks leased to the company could not get the remittitur ...

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After-Trial Motions Are Covered By New Rules

New rules to clarify the procedure for filing after-trial motions were recently adopted by the Missouri Supreme Court. The court also adopted new rules governing implementation of the family court system, admission of foreign legal consultants to practice in Missouri, ...

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New Exception Made To Work Comp Notice Law

A worker whose shoulder injuries resulted from repetitive trauma in her job as a meat wrapper was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, even though she never gave her employer written notice of her injury, Missouri’s Labor and Industrial Relations Commission ...

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