Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders on Monday introduced longtime Jackson County Circuit Judge Stephen Nixon as his pick to serve as the next county counselor. When Nixon assumes the post in January, he will be the first judge to ever ...Read More »
A pending appeal could yell “Freeze!” to Kansas City’s “smoking police.” In a case to be heard next month, the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District will consider if Kansas City’s Health Department has the authority to ticket people it ...Read More »
A woman originally sued for a dog attack now is caught up in a disagreement among Kansas City attorneys over payment tied to a $132,000 settlement. McGonagle Spencer is going after Doris Ward, the former defendant in a 2008 lawsuit, ...Read More »
A trial starting this week will question whether a woman who popped a couple of bags of popcorn a day for 10 years can blame manufacturers for the same health issues factory workers had after daily breathing vapors from vats of boiling butter flavoring.
Popcorn workers claiming lung disease have captured millions of dollars in Missouri courts. But the trial in Jackson County Circuit Court will test whether a consumer intimately acquainted with her home microwave's buttons can convince a jury she deserves an award as well.Read More »
Which physician a Kansas City hospital decided to notify of a patient’s abnormal test results opened the door to a wrongful death trial that started in Jackson County Circuit Court Tuesday. Three doctors already have settled confidentially with a widower ...Read More »
Partners at two of Missouri’s largest law firms are going up against each other in a case involving an ousted company president who lost out on a cut of a $48 million merger. Jurors in Jackson County Circuit Court heard ...Read More »
Loose ends were tied up in 2009 in a drawn-out case involving a man who abandoned his girlfriend’s body in his car more than four years ago. The year brought a second conviction for Matthew Davis with a significantly reduced ...Read More »
A persistent lawsuit against a cigarette maker that was thought to have ended this year after facing two juries and a lengthy appeals process could cough up another run at the Missouri court system. A Christmas week judge’s ruling has ...Read More »
A Jackson County Circuit judge Monday overruled motions from the plaintiff seeking a new trial in a 6-year-old case against Brown & Williamson Tobacco Co. because of juror nondisclosure.
The most recent trial in the high-profile case against the cigarette maker ended in August. A jury found in favor of plaintiff Lincoln Smith, but with an award of $1.5 million after a second, three-and-a-half week trial in Independence.
The plaintiff's attorney, Ken McClain, of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain in Independence, had asked for $110 million in closing arguments this year. The first jury's punitive damage award totaled $20 million but was thrown out on appeal.