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Venue by amendment argued

A judge's discretion to change the venue of a lawsuit in a Louisiana train accident was at issue Wednesday before the Missouri Supreme Court. In June 2007, a train owned by the Kansas City Southern Railroad Co. (headquarters pictured) slammed into a car in Louisiana. In the aftermath of the accident, an injured passenger and the family of a woman who died filed a lawsuit in Jackson County against the railway. The company is fighting a move to keep the lawsuit in Jackson County, saying venue is proper in St. Louis County, where the company’s registered agent resides.

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Court delivers blow to arbitration agreements

In a pair of decisions that caught the attention of lawyers across the state, the Missouri Supreme Court for the first time weighed in on the enforceability of arbitration agreements in nursing home contracts. The early outlook for business interests is not good, according to lawyers who defend businesses in injury cases. The court ruled that the surviving children of nursing home residents are not bound by the fine print legal clauses in their parents' contracts, and a concurring opinion found them to be unconscionable adhesion contracts.

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