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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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California reclaims top spot on 'Judicial Hellhole' list; ATRA bemoans state's adoption of 'innovator liability'

By John Breslin | Dec 4, 2018

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - California tops the list of jurisdictions regarded as "Judicial Hellholes" by a national civil justice reform group.

Missouri may weather storm over law prohibiting meat label on plant-based products, attorney says

By John Breslin | Nov 26, 2018

Missouri has found itself thrust into part of a contentious national debate over whether plant-based foods can be marketed or packaged as an alternative to meat.

Appeals court to decide whether to certify class action for inmates with hepatitis C

By John Breslin | Nov 15, 2018

A federal appeals court is currently considering whether to affirm a lower court's decision to certify a class action on behalf of prisoners with hepatitis C.

Second company added to suit filed over dumping of radioactive waste in St. Louis-area landfill

By John Breslin | Nov 4, 2018

A company tasked with cleaning up a St. Louis-area landfill contaminated by radioactive waste has filed an amended compliant accusing a second firm of responsibility for some of the remediation work.

School district settles age discrimination suit, admits no wrongdoing

By John Breslin | Nov 4, 2018

A Missouri school district settled an age discrimination lawsuit to avoid the expense of further litigation and admits no liability, its chief communications officer said.

Landfill operator sues for cleanup costs at Superfund site in Bridgeton

By John Breslin | Oct 29, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The owner of a landfill site in Bridgeton that was contaminated by radioactive waste recently filed a federal suit seeking to have the company that dumped the materials pay the cleanup costs.

Law professor sees 'huge factual dispute' in damage suit filed in police shooting

By John Breslin | Oct 29, 2018

Details of a controversial shooting of a St. Louis woman at the home of her brother are likely to be aired when a federal damage suit filed by the woman goes to court.

Federal appeals panel ponders MacArthur Justice Center, ACLU hep C class action

By John Breslin | Oct 29, 2018

Lawsuit claims denying treatment to all but the sickest inmates is "cruel and unusual punishment"

Glasgow School District says it will seek dismissal of suit related to teen's death

By John Breslin | Oct 23, 2018

A Missouri school district will ask a state court to dismiss a wrongful death suit alleging human rights and personal injury violations filed by the mother of a teenage who committed suicide after being allegedly bullied and harassed.

State needs to draw up plan to deal with juveniles sentenced to life without parole, judge says

By John Breslin | Oct 23, 2018

A federal judge recently ordered the state of Missouri to draw up a plan to properly manage the sentences of juveniles previously sentenced to prison for life without parole.

Photographer alleges law firm Stanton & Redlingshafer used photo without permission, payment

By John Breslin | Oct 19, 2018

KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City photographer is suing a law firm for allegedly using one of his images of the city's downtown on its website without permission or payment.

Kansas City market research company sues national polling firm over alleged trademark infringement

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

KANSAS CITY – A Missouri-based market research company recently filed a federal suit against a national polling firm alleging trademark infringement.

Neosho-based feed industry vitamin maker seeks injunction claiming former employee stole trade secrets

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

JOPLIN – A Missouri manufacturer and distributor of vitamins and nutritional additives to the animal feed industry petitioned for an immediate injunction against two former employees and a competing company in a recently filed federal suit alleging theft of trade secrets.

Lumberyard sues over purchase of $1.3 million sawmill system it claims did not work

By John Breslin | Oct 18, 2018

KANSAS CITY – An Exeter lumberyard's suit claiming that a $1.3 million sawmill system it bought was not capable of doing the job the seller claimed it would was recently moved to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Master complaints filed in actions over 'drifting' herbicide accused of destroying crops

By John Breslin | Aug 8, 2018

CAPE GIRARDEAU - Two consolidated complaints have been filed in federal court in Missouri accusing two major agri-chemical companies of producing a herbicide that led to collateral damage to millions of acres of crops across the country.

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