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Remaining defendants in JJ’s explosion trial point fingers

Why did a popular downtown Kansas City wine bar, co-owned by a prominent Kansas City attorney, turn into a bomb? Attorneys for the plaintiffs and two separate defendants laid out their theories to a Jackson County jury during opening statements Tuesday and Wednesday for a trial that could turn out to be lengthy.

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Plaintiff No. 1: Paralegal brought issue of Doe Run pollution to light

As the lead smelter’s gray smokestack towers above her, Brenda Browning walks toward a grassy hollow next to the low-slung Herculaneum City Hall building. A paved driveway leads to nowhere. Two white clothesline posts stand absently nearby.

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Jury rules against teen bicyclist who fell

A Saline County jury decided not to award damages to a teenage bicyclist in a premises liability claim against a fast-food restaurant. According to court filings, the claim resulted from a June 2009 incident in which Zakery Pittman, then 14, ...

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Jury awards $8.2M in petroleum leak case

After dragging through court for more than five years, a case over an underground petroleum tank leak ended with verdicts of almost $8.2 million for the city of Harrisonville. A Cass County jury on May 20 ruled the city, which ...

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Jury sides with defense over crash of golf cart

A jury found that a golf course was not responsible for an elderly woman’s shoulder injuries. Marilyn Dawson had just completed 18 holes of golf at the Innsbrook Golf Course in Warren County on April 22, 2002. She was on ...

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Jury rules for insurer over pedestrian crash

A St. Louis County jury has ruled that an insurance company is not responsible for injuries to a pedestrian who pursued an underinsured motorist claim. According to court filings, the suit resulted from a 2006 accident in which a car ...

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Doctors win lawsuit claiming wrongful death

A St. Louis jury said two doctors are not to blame for the death of a woman who had been treated at Barnes-Jewish Hospital a few months earlier. “We’re disappointed, but it was a complicated case,” lawyer Mark Levy said ...

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Kansas City held liable for confusing stop light

The city of Kansas City got hit with a verdict of more than $1 million for a fatal accident that the victim’s relatives blamed in part on a poorly designed and maintained traffic signal. But after accounting for a previous ...

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Dillard’s wins trial over store slip-and-fall

A St. Louis County jury shot down a woman’s request for a $933,000 verdict in a slip-and-fall case. The jury sided with defendant Dillard’s Inc. and against the plaintiff, Evren Davenport. Davenport, a Borghese cosmetics employee, was at the Chesterfield ...

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Real estate agent loses premises suit

A real estate agent who fell and broke her ankle while showing a home three years ago lost a lawsuit against the listing agent and the homeowner. The plaintiff said she was not told that the ranch-style home had a ...

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Psychiatrist wins case over patient’s suicide

Attorneys defending a St. Louis psychiatrist won a malpractice lawsuit brought by the family of a mentally ill woman who committed suicide after being admitted to a hospital. Jamie Reynolds, who was 27, had a history of psychiatric issues, including ...

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