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Bar Association Backing 7 Pieces Of Legislation

Missouri will establish a fund for statewide automation of the courts, if legislation endorsed by the Missouri Bar’s Board of Governors is approved. The Board has also voted to renew efforts to enact a Model Nonprofit Corporation Act, and to ...

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Tort 'Accrues' Where Conduct Occurred For Venue Purposes

Civil Practice Tort ‘Accrues’ Where Conduct Occurred For Venue Purposes You fire a gun in County A. A man drops dead in County B. Question: Where is venue in the wrongful death suit that is sure to be filed against ...

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UM Coverage Is Enforced Against Uninsured Owners

Where the owners of a jeep had liability insurance to cover their son’s negligent driving, but not their own negligence in letting him drive, the survivors of a motorcyclist killed by the son’s negligence can sue the motorcyclist’s insurance company ...

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Guardians Ad Litem Get Absolute Immunity From Civil Liability

Because guardians ad litem in child custody cases act as quasi-judicial officers, they are entitled to absolute immunity for conduct within the scope of their duties, according to the Eastern District of the Missouri Court of Appeals. The court issued ...

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Public Defender System Lags Nation In Funding

“In a word, the Missouri State Public Defender system is the most poorly funded of all the state public defender systems in the country,” says a consultant’s report. The report was relied on by a task force that reported September ...

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Jury Trial Preparation Aided By Focus Groups

You think you have a good case. The law is on your side and you believe the facts are, too. But it’s a tough case to prove. How can you make the jury more receptive to your evidence? Jury persuasion ...

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Street Light Suit Requires Prior Notice To City Mayor

Where a pedestrian was struck by a motor vehicle and claimed her injuries resulted from inadequate street lighting, she could not sue the city unless she notified the city’s mayor of her claim within 90 days after the accident, according ...

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Seller Of Used Products Not Subject To Strict Liability

Where a used truck buyer was injured when the truck’s aerial bucket broke off, the dealer who sold the truck “as is” was not strictly liable for the bucket’s hidden defect, the 8th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has held. ...

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Sexual Abuse Claim Not Revived By Law

Where a victim’s claim of childhood sexual abuse was time-barred before new legislation extended the statute of limitations, the claim was not revived by the legislative action, the Missouri Supreme Court has ruled. The section of the new law which ...

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Patient's Contributory Fault To High Court

Seven cases were accepted for transfer by the Missouri Supreme Court last week, while 53 cases were denied high court review. Of the cases taken by the court, four were criminal cases and three were civil. The court also handed ...

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Workers' Compensation Reading Deficit Won't Support

Even though a worker had a preexisting learning disability which combined with a partially disabling on-the-job injury to prevent his return to work, the worker was not permanently and totally disabled under the Workers’ Compensation Law, according to The Labor ...

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