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Platte County

Sep 23, 2019

Jury awards $6.4M to man burned while tinkering with antique car

A Platte County jury found mostly in favor of a man who was badly burned while working on an old car. The jury on Sept. 11 awarded $8 million to plaintiff Jeffrey Bash but found him 20 percent responsible for his injuries, reducing the award to $6.4 million. In April 2012, Bash and Paul Bodde […]

DWI refusals refused
Mar 29, 2018

Free speech or intimidation? Briefs set stage for hearing on Zahnd

Several outside groups have taken an interest in a clash between a prominent prosecutor’s free-speech rights and the rights of those who publicly support criminal defendants.

Nov 20, 2013

Fincham named circuit judge for Platte County

Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Thomas C. Fincham to fill the vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year of Judge Owens Lee Hull Jr.

Oct 25, 2013

Ex-police officer receives settlement after chair collapses

A man from suburban Kansas City who aggravated a previous back injury when he fell out of a chair that collapsed has settled a claim for $370,000.

Sep 4, 2013

James W. Van Amburg named circuit judge in Platte County

The appointment creates another vacancy on court.

Jul 4, 2011

DWI refusals refused, even as law challenged

At least one Missouri county is taking advantage of a new law that allows them to take blood samples from suspected drunken drivers without warrants, even as a challenge to the law moves through the courts.

May 20, 2011

Nixon appoints lawyer and former utility executive as Platte County assessor

Gov. Jay Nixon has appointed attorney David C. Christian, of Kansas City, as Platte County assessor.

May 26, 2010

Fincham named associate circuit judge in Platte County

Gov. Jay Nixon has tapped a part-time municipal court judge for a more permanent position with the Platte County Judicial Circuit. Nixon this afternoon announced he’d appointed Thomas Fincham, a partner with Fincham & Salmon in Gladstone, as associate circuit judge to the Sixth Judicial Circuit. The position became vacant in light of Daniel Czamanske’s […]

May 14, 2010

Commission announces nominees for Platte County judgeship

The 6th Circuit Judicial Commission included three familiar names in its panel to fill a vacancy in Platte County -- all of them previously have been nominated to serve as a judge in Platte County Circuit Court.

Aug 6, 2009

8th Circuit OKs rejection of cell tower

The seemingly simple and hyperlocal decision of locating a cellular phone tower drew a split decision from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court affirmed Platte County’s denial of a permit for a 153-foot tower that Sprint PCS sought to build near Platte City. County zoning officials denied […]

Apr 21, 2009

Award for housing organization reduced

An appeals court has largely affirmed all but about $8,000 of a $114,000 award won by a Kansas City not-for-profit organization. The Missouri Court of Appeals Western District says Urban Renewal of K.C. could be compensated for having rehabilitated a house owned by the Bank of New York. The two entities had fought for possession […]

Feb 27, 2009

Wrongful death provision gets it right

Among the many factors to consider when determining damages in a wrongful death suit: Was there pain and suffering? Were there any unusual circumstances to consider? How old was the deceased? In one of our featured cases this week, a 25-year-old single mother of two died after a head-on collision with a crane truck on […]

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