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Alltel settles

Another wireless carrier has settled with dozens of Missouri municipalities over unpaid business taxes. Alltel Communications, which is now owned by Verizon Wireless, agreed to pay $2.7 million in back taxes to 69 municipalities. St. Louis County Circuit Judge Bernhardt ...

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Propane tank class action gets judge’s nod

A federal judge has preliminarily approved an $8 million settlement against a company accused of putting too little propane in its containers. The settlement in the multidistrict litigation would end 15 of the 18 cases filed against AmeriGas Propane. However, ...

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Corporate: Close Corporation – Dissolution – Shareholder Oppression

Waters v. G&B Feeds, Inc. (MLW No. 60335/Case No. SD29745 – 18 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Barney, J.) Where a trial court found that a corporate officer disregarded plaintiff’s interests as a shareholder by operating the business ...

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Contracts: Breach Of Contract – Negligence – Plumbing Work

DeLong Plumbing Two, Inc. v. 3050 N. Kenwood LLC (MLW No. 60334/Case No. SD29589 – 9 pages) (Missouri Court of Appeals, Southern District, Burrell, J.) Where a plumbing company sued a property owner for breach of contract after the owner ...

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Insurance: Property Insurance – Indemnification – Business Expenses

George’s Inc. v. Allianz Global Risk US Insurance Co. (MLW No. 60310/Case No. 09-2220/09-2248 – 8 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Wollman, J.) Where a poultry processing company sought coverage under its property insurance and business interruption policy ...

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Insurance: Medicare Supplement Policy – Rescission – Mistake

HealthEast Bethesda Hospital v. United Commercial Travelers of America (MLW No. 60308/Case No. 08-3665 – 6 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Benton, J.) Where an insurer agreed in a settlement with a hospital to pay the medical bills ...

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Husch settles lawsuit over estate plan fees

An overbilling dispute between a client and Husch Blackwell Sanders came to a close this month. "[It] became a more complex estate plan that she neither needed nor requested," her attorney, Timothy Monsees, [left] of Monsees, Miller, Mayer, Presley & Amick in Kansas City, said in an interview.

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Jury awards $11M over hog farm

Jackson County Judge Jay Daugherty repeated 13 times the figure “$825,000” Thursday afternoon as tearful farmers from Berlin, Mo., sat on the edges of the seat cushions they’d warmed for four weeks. A jury awarded $825,000 each to 13 plaintiffs, ...

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Wrongful death jurors react to bailouts, recalls

Jury selection in a wrongful death lawsuit against Ford Motor Co. brought to light the effects of Toyota recalls and government bailouts on the views of potential jurors. The case settled for a confidential amount mid-trial last week in Jackson ...

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Jury awards $11 million to farmers

A jury awarded $825,000 each to 13 plaintiffs, farmers and their family members, with lesser amounts going to two other plaintiffs for a total of more than $11 million. During a trial in Jackson County Circuit Court over a hog processing plant, defense attorney Jon Harmon [left], of Virginia-based McGuireWoods, pulls out a white board to illustrate the difference in how doctors came to their conclusions about the safety of hog farm smells.

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