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Woman wins lawsuit over mother’s murder

A Jackson County jury awarded $3 million to a woman suing her stepfather for the shooting death of her mother. Defendant John Koch Jr., 72, now a patient at Fulton State Hospital, was found mentally incompetent to stand for a ...

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Class action suit resolved over unwanted calls

A $750,000 class-action settlement of a lawsuit over unwanted phone calls has won final approval in St. Louis Circuit Court. The lawsuit filed in 2005 against 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and its St. Louis franchise Junk Doctors claimed the companies violated the federal ...

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Jury finds for family of man killed in collision

The largest McDonald County jury verdict to date, $1 million, was delivered to the surviving family members of a tractor-trailer driver from Arkansas who was killed in a collision with another tractor-trailer. In August 2007, 60-year-old Jimmy Evans was driving ...

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Jury finds hog farm must pay neighbors for smell

A Jackson County jury awarded more than $11 million to 15 rural Missouri plaintiffs suing over the stench coming from an industrial hog farm in Gentry County. The case is one in a series of roughly 100 pending lawsuits involving ...

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Woman settles over damage from drugs

A Jackson County woman who allegedly suffered permanent brain damage from overdosing on opioids during a hospital stay settled for a confidential amount with the treating health center and prescribing physician. The plaintiff, a 67-year-old retired nurse, went to a ...

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Judge sides with renter in counterclaim

A judge awarded a woman over $1 million in her slip-and-fall counterclaim against her apartment complex. Donna Downing filed a counterclaim against WLA Quail Run in Platte County after the apartment complex filed a rent-and-possession action against her. “We were ...

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Jury not convinced woman was injured at Wal-Mart

A St. Louis County jury cleared Wal-Mart of all wrongdoing in a lawsuit that alleged one of its greeters assaulted a customer. Helen Burnett accused Wal-Mart greeter Ronald Shelly of ramming her motorized shopping cart into a wall, injuring her ...

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Union Pacific settles wrongful death suit

Union Pacific Railroad Co. and its employee confidentially settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the relatives of a preacher and his grandson, who both died after being struck by a train in southeast Kansas. On June 19, 2008, Allen ...

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Low-speed crash suit nets plaintiff’s verdict

A low-speed collision in downtown Springfield lead to a $9,000 jury verdict in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri. The amount covers the medical and chiropractic expenses claimed by the teenage plaintiff. Plaintiff Brittnee Weber, 17, ...

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Jury finds county liable for road project overruns

A St. Louis County jury awarded nearly $308,000 to a construction company that said the county was responsible for the increased costs to build a North County road. The county awarded to JRW Construction Co. a contract in 2000 to ...

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Second contaminated rice trial nets another plaintiff’s verdict

A half-hour economics lesson may have helped cement the second million-dollar verdict against Bayer CropScience in a string of test trials over a 2006 crop contamination that affected thousands of farmers. As they did in the first “bellwether” trial in ...

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