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Workers' Comp Coverage Expanded To Include 'Idiopathic' Injury Claims

Reversing 20 years of case law, the Missouri Supreme Court has held that a worker injured on the job when a sudden “dizzy spell” caused him to fall off a truck platform was entitled to workers’ compensation benefits even though ...

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Savings In Costs, Time And Privacy Propel ADR

The utilization of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in Missouri is growing. “It’s like that little train. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…,” says Bill Wear, Jr., a Springfield attorney. All indications are that the ...

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New Local Rule To Speed Criminal Dockets In 30th Judicial Circuit

Dear Editor: The 30th Judicial Circuit, serving Benton, Dallas, Hickory, Polk and Webster Counties, is trying a new rule to help move the criminal docket which might be of interest to your readers. The 30th Circuit was the first to ...

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U.S. Supreme Court Extends Application Of Soldiers' Act

A buyer of real estate at a tax sale should beware that the previous owner may have an unlimited period to “redeem” the property if that owner was a member of the military, under a new ruling by the U.S. ...

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Civil Suit Plaintiff Can't Obtain FBI Wiretap Tapes

A plaintiff who filed a civil lawsuit against a defendant for a business deal gone awry could not obtain tapes and transcripts of FBI wiretaps of the defendant’s telephone conversations about the deal, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Interruption Of Schooling Doesn't End Child Support

A divorced parent cannot avoid the statutory obligation to continue paying monthly support for a child over age 18 but still “attending” school just because the child drops out of high school or college for awhile, the Missouri Court of ...

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Missouri High Court To Consider Additur Law

For the first time the Missouri Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of Missouri’s additur statute. The case involves a trial court’s refusal to grant additur when a jury awarded only $329,000 to a bank on a bank’s claim that ...

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Drunk Driver's Truck Not A 'Dangerous Instrument' For Sentence Enhancement

A drunk driver who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter by recklessly killing another motorist was not also guilty of armed criminal action the Missouri Court of Appeals’ Southern District has held. The appellate court said the drunk driver’s truck was ...

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Parole Rules Unscathed By Constitutional Challenges

Where a prisoner serving forty years challenged the application of parole guidelines adopted after the date of his conviction and sentencing, the Court of Appeals’ Western District held that the retrospective application of the guidelines did not violate the ex ...

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Policeman's Lawsuit Tests Limits Of 'Fireman's Rule'

Whether a police officer who was injured during a routine visit to a home can sue the homeowners for his injuries caused by a defective stairway, or whether such suit is barred by the “fireman’s rule,” is the issue before ...

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Average Salary of St. Louis Paralegals Rises To $29,300

The average base salary of full-time legal assistants in the St. Louis area climbed from $27,003 last year to $29,300 in 1992 according to a survey by the St. Louis Association of Legal Assistants. Starting salaries have increased from $18,966 ...

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