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Municipal: License Taxes-Prejudgment Interest

  The parties cross-appealed from the judgment finding plaintiff liable for municipal fees and taxes and awarding defendant cities attorneys’ fees and interests. Where the state legislature had a rational basis for implementing the authorizing statute for the license taxes, ...

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Municipal: Countywide Sales Tax-Constitutionality of Distribution Statutes

Plaintiff appealed from the trial court’s judgment finding that statutes governing distribution of countywide sales taxes were constitutional, after arguing that the state’s statutes authorizing the taxes were constitutionally invalid special laws because St. Louis County was the only county ...

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Employment: Age Discrimination-Out-of-State Employee

Plaintiff, an Illinois resident, appealed the dismissal of his age-discrimination and retaliation suit against defendants, his Missouri-based former employer. The trial court dismissed the suit after defendants argued that Missouri’s human rights act did not apply to an Illinois employee ...

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Elections: Absentee Ballots-Open Public Records

The parties cross-appealed from the trial court’s judgment, which found absentee-ballot applications and envelopes were open public records but concluded that the  records withheld by the election board under advice from counsel were protected from disclosure, and thus the board’s ...

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Torts: Wrongful Death-Fraudulent Concealment

Plaintiffs appealed from the denial of their new fraudulent-concealment claims, after defendants moved to dismiss plaintiffs’ wrongful-death claims as barred by the statute of limitations. Plaintiffs argued for tolling the limitations period based on defendants’ intentional efforts to fraudulently conceal ...

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Negligence: Personal Injury-Entitlement to Official Immunity

Petitioner sought a writ prohibiting the trial court from taking any action other than granting him summary judgment in a student’s personal injury action against him. The student alleged that petitioner, an in-school suspension teacher, was negligent in physically restraining ...

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Negligence: Medical Malpractice-Negligent Credentialing

Plaintiff filed a medical-malpractice action against his surgeon, alleging the surgeon caused damage during the surgery. Plaintiff settled with the surgeon and moved to trial against defendant hospital, alleging it negligently granted surgical privileges to the surgeon. The jury returned ...

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Criminal Law: Murder-Post-Conviction Relief

Defendant was found guilty of murder and related offenses and sentenced to death. Defendant’s conviction and sentence were affirmed on direct appeal. Defendant then moved for post-conviction relief, asserting ineffective assistance of trial and direct appellate counsel and arguing that ...

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