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Mar 13, 2020

UPDATE: Missouri Supreme Court suspends most in-person proceedings at state courts

Several courts and public legal organizations across Missouri and beyond have taken steps, including suspending jury trials and high-volume dockets, to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feb 17, 2014

Professor, 69, gets settlement after car hits him near campus

A 69-year-old English professor hit by a car while crossing an intersection near the University of Central Missouri campus in Warrensburg has settled an injury claim against the driver, a college student who blamed the accident on the setting sun.

Jun 17, 2009

Private jail owes tax on inmate items, court rules

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that a company operating a private jail in Johnson County must pay the state sales and use taxes on consumable items it supplies to inmates. But one judge is questioning whether a private company is even legally authorized to operate a jail. ICC Management Inc. is in charge of operating […]

Mar 9, 2009

Fatal semitrailer collision case nets $3M settlement

The family of a man killed in a head-on collision with a semitrailer has reached a $3 million settlement with the trucking company and its driver. Justin Lee Coffman, 28, was driving a 1994 Toyota Camry on Kansas Highway 10 in Johnson County, Kan., at 6:48 a.m. April 14, 2006. He was on his way […]

Feb 3, 2009

Trucker, employer win big defense verdict in Johnson County

A Johnson County jury returned a complete defense verdict for a driver and his employer, whose flatbed truck was rear-ended after it pulled out onto the highway near Elm. The plaintiff, who suffered extensive brain injuries as a result of the accident, asked the jury for more than $24 million in closing arguments. On Jan. […]

Jan 16, 2009

Jury finds zero fault for car-pedestrian collision

A Johnson County jury refused to assess fault to a motorist who struck a good Samaritan trying to assist at the scene of an earlier car accident. Each party claimed the other was 100 percent at fault for the collision, but the jury found no fault for either party. Steve Dillon, 46, encountered a car […]

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