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8th Circuit affirms $106.6M award in prepaid funeral case

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Aug. 30 affirmed an award of more than $100 million against a bank for its predecessor’s role in mismanaging a prepaid funeral expense trust.

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8th Circuit agrees USIC doesn’t owe Spire for JJ’s settlements

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 1 that an underground-facility locating and marking company isn’t responsible for tens of millions of dollars in settlements paid in the wake of a gas explosion that destroyed a Kansas City restaurant.

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Hospital held liable for man attacked with own gun

A Barry County man shot with his own gun by an assailant in a hospital parking area won a seven-figure award from the medical center he alleged had failed to protect him.

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Family settles for $630K after inmate dies in custody

The family of a southwest Missouri jail inmate who died of a drug overdose while in custody settled a wrongful death lawsuit against two local governments and a county ambulance district for a total of $630,000.

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Ousted Sturgeon police chief ‘vindicated’ by jury win

A Boone County jury awarded a former small-town police chief more than $300,000 in compensatory and punitive damages over a disputed firing that city leaders blamed on alcohol abuse and reckless conduct — but which the ex-cop said was retaliation by an alderman whose friend, also police officer, was under criminal investigation.

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Ruling limits coverage for man killed at race event

The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District ruled Aug. 10 that the family of a man killed by a distracted driver cannot tap into an additional $6 million in insurance coverage.

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