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Missouri asbestos claim reform bill moving forward, but supporters not sure if will pass all hurdles

By John Breslin | Apr 23, 2019

Proposed legislation aimed at reforming the way asbestos civil actions are dealt with in Missouri courts is moving forward and is scheduled to be debated in the Senate on Tuesday.

Judge denies motion to dismiss children's case against company over lead smelting plant in Peru

By John Breslin | Apr 22, 2019

ST. LOUIS – Hundreds of Peruvian children claiming they suffered injuries caused by the release of toxic substances from a lead smelting plant in the country can sue in federal court in Missouri.

Livestock farmers fight back over claims plant-based rivals want to destroy industry

By John Breslin | Apr 19, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – Missouri farmers are fighting back against what they claim are attacks by the growing industry producing plant-substitutes for traditional meat.

House moves forward limiting private company's ability to be granted eminent domain for Grain Belt Express

By John Breslin | Apr 19, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – Proposed legislation limiting the ability of private companies to be granted the power of eminent domain has passed one hurdle with a vote in Missouri's House.

Court rules that man was not maliciously prosecuted in 2013

By John Breslin | Apr 5, 2019

A man who spent three years in prison after being convicted of the armed robbery of a woman has failed in his suit for malicious prosecution against the city of St. Louis, individual police officers and the police board.

Federal judge tells parties to work out agreement in dispute over stock or case will go to trial

By John Breslin | Apr 4, 2019

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently said two parties involved in a dispute over stock need a "meeting of the minds" or the case will go to trial.

Judge says complex insurance action involving White Knight Diner 'completely unmanageable,' case dismissed

By John Breslin | Apr 2, 2019

ST. LOUIS – A complex action centered on an insurance settlement and involving multiple unrelated plaintiffs and defendants has been dismissed by a federal court.

Bankruptcy court told to revisit award of attorney fees to Peabody Energy

By John Breslin | Apr 1, 2019

ST. LOUIS - A court must revisit its order granting more than $400,000 in attorney fees and expenses to a company that declared bankruptcy.

Judge denies class certification in engineers' overtime suit against Tech Mahindra

By John Breslin | Apr 1, 2019

ST. LOUIS - Employees of an information technology company have been denied class action certification in a lawsuit over alleged non-payment of overtime.

Environmental group granted standing in action against power plant owner

By John Breslin | Apr 1, 2019

ST. LOUIS - An environmental group has been granted the right to act on behalf of four of its members in an action against the owners of a coal-fired power plant on the Mississippi River.

Judge denies motion to extend time for depositions in peach farmer's dicamba suit

By John Breslin | Mar 26, 2019

CAPE GIRARDEAU – Monsanto Co. and BASF Corp. were denied an extension of time to take depositions from plaintiff experts by the U.S. district judge overseeing multi-district litigation in eastern Missouri.

Court rules CN Genetic Partners cannot file disclosures under seal in suit over sperm purchase

By John Breslin | Mar 25, 2019

ST. LOUIS – A federal judge has denied two companies' motions to file disclosures of organizational interests under seal in a case over the purchase of sperm.

Pilot fails in claims against APA union over collection of fees and dues on cash bonuses

By John Breslin | Mar 25, 2019

ST. LOUIS - An airline pilot has failed in a claim against his association for collecting a one percent fee on cash bonuses to employees of American Airlines.

Case rooted in deadly tent collapse remanded back to state court

By John Breslin | Mar 25, 2019

A state court will hear a case that has its roots in a deadly tent collapse in St. Louis that killed one and injured approximately 100 people.

From Legal Newsline

Johnson & Johnson, not asked to testify on talc, alleges Congressional hearing was biased against it

By John Breslin | Mar 14, 2019

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – Johnson & Johnson, a company facing enormous liability concerns stemming from thousands of lawsuits that claim there is cancer-causing asbestos in its products, believes a Democrat-led House hearing on the alleged dangers of talc and consumer products was biased against it.

Controversy over Rock Island Rail Corridor Trail could derail development

By John Breslin | Mar 9, 2019

INDEPENDENCE – A county and transportation agency's failure to develop a recreational trail along a former railway line under the provisions of a federal law makes it easier for landowners to block its development and file lawsuits under state law, according to one property law expert.

New bills aimed at curbing asbestos claims filed, House loses most 'effective' Republican opponent

By John Breslin | Feb 18, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – A Missouri representative who last year successfully ushered through the House a bill aimed at curtailing claims over asbestos exposure that died in the Senate is making another attempt this session.

Judge declines to dismiss potential class action, reasons Bristol-Myers Squibb decision does not apply

By John Breslin | Jan 29, 2019

ST. LOUIS – A landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision limiting the scope of mass tort actions does not apply to class filings yet, a Missouri federal court has ruled.

ATG LegalServe partners with File & ServeXpress for 'one-stop' service

By John Breslin | Jan 24, 2019

As the era of legal e-filing came close to replacing the hand delivering of documents, one process-serving business knew it had to find the right partner.

St. Louis City named among the top 'judicial hellholes' by civil liability reform group

By John Breslin | Dec 10, 2018

St. Louis has been branded number four on the list of "judicial hellholes" by an organization that wants major reform of the civil liability system.

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