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Premises liability case results in defense verdict

A Franklin County jury found in favor of a construction company that was sued by a subcontractor’s employee for faulty craftsmanship of an unfinished stairwell. In April 2003, Keith Ash was working for concrete subcontractor Terry Schatz in the construction ...

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Jury favors worker who tumbled from trailer

A St. Louis County jury awarded a man $125,000 for his fall out of a trailer but found that he was 50 percent at fault. Kenneth Koester is employed as a locksmith for the Hazelwood School District. At the time ...

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Plaintiff settles suit from auto accident

A Kansas City man received $65,000 in a settlement for a herniated disc he suffered from an automobile accident. Matt Popilek was driving north on Flint Rock Court in December 2007. He stopped at a stop sign at the intersection ...

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Surgeon cleared despite cutting patient’s nerve

A St. Louis County jury has cleared a doctor of negligence after he cut a patient’s nerve during back surgery. “Surgical injuries can occur without negligence,” said defense attorney James Reinert, of Gonnerman, Reinert & Cantalin. “This was one of ...

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Mortgage broker must pay in suit over faxes

A wholesale mortgage brokerage company has reached a $5 million settlement with mortgage brokers in 24 states for sending unwanted faxes. In the settlement agreement reached Oct. 2, Florida-based American First Financial, maintained it believed recipients had given consent to ...

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Collision case nets settlement for welder

An employee who suffered severe ankle and foot fractures in a head-on collision has recovered $492,750 from his employer’s underinsured motorist carrier. Cale Montgomery was driving a Ford F-150 southbound on U.S. 65 in Springfield about 9 p.m. on Sept. ...

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Jury sides with teenager in suit over car accident

A passenger injured in a two-car accident in St. Louis was unable to pin the blame on the driver of the other car. Darmond Edwards hurt his head, neck and back when the car he was riding in was rear-ended ...

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Jury favors plaintiff in refusal to pay case

A jury in Jefferson County awarded $204,783 to a homeowner who alleged that his insurance company vexatiously refused to pay for repairs due to water damage in his home. Darrell P. Bartley, 44, lived in an atrium ranch home in ...

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