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Jury finds for defense in suit over collision

A Franklin County jury found for the defense in a rear-end collision case involving a plaintiff with multiple prior injuries. Jule Lucas was rear-ended by Melody Rinne in February 2002 at an intersection in downtown St. Clair. Lucas had been ...

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Trucking company settles suit over wrongful death

The family of a Kansas City woman who died after a trash truck rear-ended her received $950,000 and an agreement from the trucking company that it would perform additional regular maintenance checks on its vehicles. Rita Huscher, 84, and Muscle ...

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Family reaches settlement with highway department

The family of a wife and mother who died in June 2008 when her van careened off a highway and over a cliff has reached a more than $900,000 settlement with the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission. The husband filed ...

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Jury delivers split verdict in real estate loan dispute

A federal jury in Kansas City awarded $200,000 to a woman who accused her building contractor of paying a kickback to her loan officer to ensure the financing. A real estate appraiser named in the suit received a defense verdict, ...

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Jury not convinced doctor was at fault

A St. Louis County jury concluded that a doctor could not have known a woman under his care had sustained injury to her colon during surgery. Holly Thornton was a patient of Dr. David Gearhart at New Ballas OB-GYN Inc. ...

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Auto manufacturers settle suit over seat belt design

A Saline County woman, already suffering from cerebral palsy when she was severely injured in a crash after her seat belt failed, received confidential settlements from Ford, Kia, Mazda and the seat belt manufacturer. Tammy Smith was driving home from ...

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Top verdicts of decade show decline in size of awards

Every January, LawyersUSA announces the "Top 10 Verdicts of the Year." To qualify, verdicts must be to an individual plaintiff, defined as a single person, family or small group of people injured in a single incident who had their claims tried in one case before the same jury.

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Decade’s largest jury verdict sent message ‘to the world’

In 2002, jurors in Jackson County awarded $2.2 billion to a cancer patient who was given diluted chemotherapy drugs by pharmacist Robert Courtney. The jurors said they wanted to "send a message out to the world."

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Out-state counties produce largest defense verdicts, too

Big city plaintiffs lawyers often complain about traveling to rural circuit courts to try cases because of the perceived conservative nature of juries. While a number of large plaintiff awards are on this year's plaintiff lists, there are also some big rural defense wins on the list below.

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RURAL VALUES

An $89 million Franklin County verdict blew apart the statistics for plaintiffs injury awards, overpowered business verdicts and settlements and confirmed once again that it's possible to get high-dollar awards in outstate circuits.

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