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Real estate contract found unenforceable

A judge in Texas County refused to enforce a real estate sales contract based on claims that the elderly seller was unduly influenced to sell a 1,200-acre farm below market value. Glendora Martin, a disabled and widowed 81-year-old woman who ...

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Defendant wins case over collision in lot

A jury sided with the defendant driver in a trial over a January 2003 parking lot collision at a Columbia Schnucks grocery store. Ken Derendinger sued retiree Eleanor Owen Teague in Boone County Circuit Court, claiming she drove the wrong ...

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Plaintiff wins dispute over finder’s fee deal

A Springfield attorney who represented himself at trial received a $50,000 verdict after a business contact failed to deliver on a promised finder’s fee. Joseph Sheppard III made an oral agreement with Ron Layher that he would receive 1 percent ...

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Jury hits university with $150,000 verdict for injury

A St. Louis man who tumbled from a golf cart at a Maryville University alumni event won a $150,000 jury verdict against the university. The man, Leonard DeMoor, settled with the institution for $145,000 two weeks after trial, said Morry ...

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Judge awards damages in golf club beating

A St. Louis County judge awarded $121,000 in damages to a man who was beaten outside a Ferguson bar in 2008. The award for Jason Kellenberger includes $25,000 in punitive damages for an incident where a bar patron hit Kellenberger ...

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Jury sides with student in premises liability case

A jury in Cooper County awarded $287,921 to a student who fell and injured her knee in a community college classroom. Stephanie Finnell, 43, was a part-time student taking a night class at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. The ...

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Judge awards bankrupt riverboat casino $42M

A federal judge awarded the bankrupt President Casinos Inc. more than $42 million for breach of contract and tort claims the company filed against Columbia Sussex Corp., which backed out of a deal to buy the aging riverboat casino for ...

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Woman awarded $100K for house fire

A woman who sued her plumber after her house caught fire amid a bathroom construction project won $100,000 after a bench trial in St. Louis. Addie Carter sued Timothy Booker along with Edgar Austin, through his company Austin Plumbing, in ...

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Insurer recovers $450K from roofing contractor

The storm that hit St. Louis in July 2006 knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of residents, downed trees and power lines and damaged the historic Switzer Building on Laclede’s Landing beyond repair. Just two miles south of downtown ...

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Jury finds man partly to blame in bus crash

A man injured when a school bus collided with his van won $500,000 from a jury in St. Louis. The jury found the man 10 percent at fault, which lowered the final amount to $450,000. John Sanders sued Durham School ...

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