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Workers’ compensation, wrongful-death issues dominate appellate courts in first six months of 2018

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In a year in which anticipated legislative changes to state tort law failed to materialize, Missouri appellate courts cranked out a series of significant decisions in the first six months of 2018 that will affect attorneys in various practice areas, most notably workers’ compensation and wrongful-death litigation.

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Appellate courts issue significant decisions on civil, criminal practice

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In the first six months of 2016, the Missouri Supreme Court handed down 50 opinions including significant decisions on noneconomic damage caps and co-employee liability. In the second half of the year, the high court’s pace slowed considerably, and the Court of Appeals picked up the slack with decisions interpreting the co-employee liability cases and on a variety of civil and criminal procedural issues.

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Missouri Supreme Court cases so far this year are numerous and weighty

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Fifty decisions in six months is newsworthy in itself, but in the first half of this year the Missouri Supreme Court’s caseload has included such headliners as another piece to the puzzle that is the state’s law on noneconomic damage caps, recognition of an action for negligent entrustment against a gun seller, and clarification of when a plaintiff can sue a fellow employee for a workplace injury.

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