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Witness scheduling blamed for mixed verdict – Surgeon wins age discrimination suit against university but loses breach-of-contract claim

Dr. Joel Cooper is just the kind of plaintiff any lawyer would want on the stand: esteemed, funny, warm, knowledgeable. So his attorney Jerome “Jerry” Dobson had mixed feelings when the St. Louis jury came back with a $525,000 verdict ...

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Wrongful death suit settles for $1.04M

Plaintiff Julianne Belt of Republic received a settlement of $1.04 million after her daughter was killed in an automobile accident. On May 3, 2008, Jodie Wharf, 18, was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her friend Tesslah Lee, a ...

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Jury clears Joplin County truck repair business

A Jasper County jury returned a verdict in favor of a Joplin truck repair business accused of making faulty repairs to a motor home. Plaintiff had claimed the steering failed on the motor home resulting in a collision and serious ...

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Man hurt in auto accident settles for $800,000

David Valenzuela received $800,000 in a settlement regarding an automobile accident. Defendant Ray Pittman rear-ended Valenzuela’s vehicle at Southwest Trafficway and Westport Road in Kansas City, Mo., on Nov. 22, 2003. The plaintiff suffered a hematoma that required cranioplasty or ...

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Families settle over crash that killed two brothers

The families of two brothers killed while passengers in a traffic accident and the injured driver have reached a $1 million global settlement of their wrongful death and injury claims against a concrete company whose driver allegedly caused the collision. ...

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Husband recovers $752,507 for wife’s death after surgery

A Greene County jury awarded $752,507 to a man whose wife died from complications from colon surgery. The verdict included $700,000 in noneconomic damages for medical malpractice and wrongful death claims filed three days before tort reform took effect. Shirley ...

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Novel settlement ends in confusion

A jury verdict is not usually tied to a settlement. Sure, cases sometimes get settled after a jury hands down a verdict. But in one of our featured cases this week, the two parties reached an unusual settlement agreement just ...

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Motorist rear-ended by police car settles during mediation

A motorist injured in a rear-end collision with a Jasper County sheriff’s deputy has reached a $150,000 settlement of her claims against the deputy and county. Pamela Allen, a 48-year-old resident of Lockwood, was driving her Pontiac Grand Prix on ...

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