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A court clerk and his assistant denied immunity after allegedly mistreating colleagues after elections

By Charmaine Little | Jan 20, 2019

An elected circuit county court clerk and his assistant have been denied immunity after allegedly mistreating colleagues who ran a political campaign against them, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit ruled on Jan. 8.

Appeals court says Missouri and its governor are protected via immunity in class action claiming public defenders are overworked

By Charmaine Little | Jan 20, 2019

The U.S. Court of the Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed and remanded a lower court's denial of immunity claims made by the State of Missouri and its governor in a class-action lawsuit against them.

Court rules Missouri law applies to repetitive-use injury suit filed against Cottrell, suit is not time barred

By Charmaine Little | Jan 18, 2019

ST. LOUIS – A federal court has ruled that a man's repetitive-use injury suit was timely filed because it was originally filed in a Missouri court.

Golf course wins summary judgement after allegedly backing out of deal with sod company

By Charmaine Little | Dec 21, 2018

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth District affirmed a summary judgement in favor of a golf course builder accused of breaking its contract with a sod supplier.

Court grants Spire STL Pipeline preliminary injunction over project deadline from FERC

By Charmaine Little | Dec 21, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A pipeline company was able to convince the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in the Eastern Division that without a preliminary injunction on a required project deadline, it would suffer irreparable harm.

Court grants transfer of case over alleged OptiMark injuries to New Jersey

By Charmaine Little | Dec 21, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A federal court has denied two defendants' motions to dismiss a strict product liability and negligence suit filed against them by a New Jersey man.

Pharmaceutical giant Express Scripts' motion to dismiss contract violation claims affirmed in appeals court

By Charmaine Little | Dec 18, 2018

A Manhattan pharmacy failed to state a claim in its lawsuit against the largest pharmacy benefits manager (PBM) in the nation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed in upholding a lower court’s decision to dismiss the case.

H&R Block worker says company has illegal anticompetitive contract, sues for alleged violation of the Sherman Act

By Charmaine Little | Dec 9, 2018

An H&R Block worker has sued the company with claims that it schemed to suppress workers’ wages.

Detained Women's March participant sues City claiming St. Louis Code rule is unconstitutional

By Charmaine Little | Dec 9, 2018

A woman arrested for failing to comply with an officer’s orders during the 2017 Women’s March in St. Louis has sued the city in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Missouri, 41 other states reach $6 million agreement with Encore Capital Group, subsidiaries

By Charmaine Little | Dec 8, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri and other states have reached a $6 million settlement agreement with Encore Capital Group Inc., Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Dec. 5.

Republic Ford files to remove case over unfair business method allegations to federal court

By Charmaine Little | Dec 8, 2018

SPRINGFIELD – A Ford dealership filed to remove a class action case from the Greene County Circuit Court to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri in the Southern Division on Nov. 23.

Unregistered, uncompensated 'lobbyist' loses case against Missouri Ethics Commission over free-speech claims

By Charmaine Little | Dec 6, 2018

A Missouri man accused of being an unregistered lobbyist was denied his request for a permanent injunction against the Missouri Ethics Commission in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit amid his accusations the entity violated his First Amendment rights to freedom of speech.

Judge rules to exclude survey in trademark infringement case over the use of 'Blueprint'

By Charmaine Little | Dec 6, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division ironed out a trademark infringement case surrounding the word “Blueprint” as it granted in part and denied in part a company’s motion for partial summary judgement on Nov. 29.

Appeals court upholds animal abuse conviction over horse's death

By Charmaine Little | Dec 1, 2018

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District affirmed the animal abuse conviction of a man whose horse died while pulling a cart.

County-court worker's termination was unjust, appeals court rules

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

An appeals court determined that a woman was unjustly fired from her job at the Circuit Court of Jefferson County.

Family's negligence claims over erosion dismissed in appeals court due to statue of limitations

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

Thanks to statutes of limitations, a company sued for breach of contract and negligence over an easement allegedly causing erosion was granted its motion for summary judgement in the Missouri Court of Appeals in the Western District on Nov. 13.

Former Washington State researcher's retaliation lawsuit against university gets remanded back to lower court

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

An appeals court reversed a jury verdict against the Washington University in St. Louis over alleged violations of the Missouri Human Rights Act by discriminating against a researcher with a disability.

Health care provider ordered to hand over some documents in case alleging inhumane conditions at detention center

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division, denied in part and granted in part a man’s request for a subpoena for documents that could prove the City of St. Louis was maintaining inhumane conditions at the St. Louis Medium Security Institution (MSI).

Company that allegedly falsified condition of 1959 Mercedez Benz fails in motion to have case dismissed

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

A company that allegedly falsified a car’s features failed to get the buyer’s case against it dismissed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division.

Court denies some of Delta R-V School District's motions to dismiss claims in age discrimination case

By Charmaine Little | Nov 30, 2018

CAPE GIRARDEAU – The Delta R-V School District and administrators were only partially granted their motions to dismiss a case filed by a science teacher over allegations he was terminated because of his age.

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