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Sep 21, 2023

Jury rejects claim for unpaid sales commissions

A Livingston County jury has rejected a plaintiff’s efforts to collect thousands of dollars of what he claimed were improperly withheld sales commissions from the Chillicothe company where he worked for a quarter-century before being fired on the cusp of his 60th birthday.

A judge's gavel resting atop several open books with a spotlight on the gavel and block
Sep 20, 2023

Settlement ends beneficiary battle for family

Three family members of a St. Louis man whose 2021 death sparked a legal fight over the proceeds of a $3.2M personal injury settlement with the city settled their lawsuit against a fourth beneficiary for more than $1.2M.

Oct 12, 2022

Real estate investor wins in rental property dispute

A real estate investor will receive more than $220,000 in the wake of an abortive deal for a commercial rental property in Branson.

Ken Barnes and Chuck Hatfield
Aug 19, 2022

Jury faults state for failed bid to overhaul Medicaid software

A defunct software company won more than $23 million against the state of Missouri at the conclusion of a month-long trial in Cole County.

Jul 6, 2020

Farming dispute judgment falls short of claimed damages

A Buchanan County judge awarded more than $17,000 to a farmer in a dispute about crop-sharing and equipment-purchase arrangements while invalidating further damages due to the nature of the deals.

Jun 25, 2020

Couple wins payments for lake house deal gone wrong

A Lee’s Summit couple who sued a Ray County duo in regard to a withdrawn deal to buy a Lake of the Ozarks vacation home won a $95,000 judgment — along with the lakeside home.

May 23, 2019

Contracts: Arbitration-Altered Terms-Counteroffer

  Where appellants challenged the denial of a motion to compel arbitration, arguing that an arbitration agreement entered into by respondents with a separate party applied to them as well, the judgment is affirmed because the altering of the terms of the proposed agreement prior to signing made the agreement a counteroffer, which was not […]

Apr 22, 2019

Contracts: Arbitration-Contractual Intent

  Where city defendants sued a professional football team, team owners and the league in an action arising from the team’s relocation, and the defendants moved to compel arbitration, a American Arbitration Association rule from 2003 did not provide clear and unmistakable evidence of the parties contractual intent in 1995 for an arbitrator to have […]

Apr 22, 2019

Contracts: Property Sale-Specific Performance

  Where a limited liability company, which entered into a contract for the sale of farmland, challenged a trial court’s refusal to grant specific performance, the company’s only evidence that it was ready, willing and able to perform the contracts was documents drafted for closing that showed the buyer to be an entity that was […]

Apr 15, 2019

Contract Law: Guaranty Agreement-Fraud-Chain of Title

Defendant alleged that he was defrauded by his friend, who convinced defendant to sign a guaranty for a company defendant believed he co-owned with his friend, which burdened defendant with millions in debt his friend could not repay. Defendant alleged his friend lacked authority to deliver the guaranty to the bank and that plaintiff, as […]

Apr 1, 2019

Contracts: Construction Contract-Equitable Claims-Attorneys’ Fees

Where in a dispute arising from the renovation of apartment buildings, a general contractor challenged a judgment finding it liable for breach of contract, and the subcontractor challenged a judgment against it on its equitable claims, sufficient evidence supported most of the subcontractor’s breach-of-contract claim, but a claim for shower-valve work should not have been […]

Apr 1, 2019

Contracts: Breach-Arbitration Award-Res Judicata

  Plaintiff appealed the order of the district court confirming an arbitration award in favor of defendants and dismissing plaintiff’s application to vacate the award. Where the court found no clear error of fact or other error of law by the district court, the court affirmed the dismissal of plaintiff’s application to vacate an arbitration […]

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