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Judge grants motion to dismiss patent infringement suit over 'Illuminated Address Sign'

By Sam Knef | Jun 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A federal judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently granted defendants relief from a patent infringement case brought by a pro se plaintiff seeking $55 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

Consumer group to be included in $5 million settlement in Telephone Consumer Protection Act case

By Sam Knef | Jun 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A federal judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently denied a request by defendants who settled Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claims for $5 million plus costs regarding the distribution of cy pres awards.

KC Bell removes sex discrimination suit to federal court

By Sam Knef | Jun 18, 2018

KANSAS CITY – Defendants in a sex discrimination and retaliation suit filed in Jackson County Circuit Court recently removed the action to U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

Insurer removes $800K hail damage claim lawsuit to federal court

By Sam Knef | Jun 13, 2018

ST. LOUIS – An insurance company based in Rhode Island recently removed a lawsuit claiming it unreasonably denied an $800,000 hail damage claim to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division.

Normandy Schools Collaborative removes age discrimination class action to federal court

By Sam Knef | Jun 11, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Normandy Schools Collaborative recently removed a proposed class action alleging age discrimination and 14th Amendment violations filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court to federal court.

Eye drop makers remove class action alleging product waste to federal court

By Sam Knef | Jun 7, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Manufacturers of glaucoma treatment prescription eye drops recently removed a proposed class action filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, Eastern Division.

Woman's suit claims Composix Kugel hernia mesh caused her permanent injuries

By Sam Knef | Jun 7, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A Missouri woman who underwent hernia repair surgery in 2012 in Poplar Bluff is suing the manufacturers of a mesh product claiming it was defective and caused her permanent injuries.

Maritz sues IT contractor after cyberattacks in 2016 and 2017 related to rewards card programs

By Sam Knef | Jun 6, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Maritz Holdings Inc. of Fenton recently filed a lawsuit against its former information technology contractor that claims a "massive" cyberattack in 2016 and an additional attack in 2017 resulted in more than $14 million in losses related to electronic gift cards.

Cass County couple claim they were duped by Arizona businessmen

By Sam Knef | May 29, 2018

KANSAS CITY – A Cass County couple is suing Arizona businessmen claiming they schemed to solicit and retain investment funds for a non-existent entity.

Janitorial workers allege Crystal Clear Enterprise did not pay them for all hours worked

By Sam Knef | May 29, 2018

KANSAS CITY – Employees of the janitorial company Crystal Clear Enterprise based in Grandview are seeking class action status in a suit over allegations they were not paid for all hours worked in their 40-hour workweek.

Peoples Bank of Moniteau County suit claims former execs embezzled more than $900,000

By Sam Knef | May 28, 2018

The Peoples Bank of Moniteau County recently filed a lawsuit accusing its former chief executive officer and former chief operations officer and others of embezzling more than $900,000.

Judge rules Service Team of Professional franchisees not subject to Missouri jurisdiction

By Sam Knef | May 22, 2018

KANSAS CITY – U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips of the Western District of Missouri has ruled that former franchisees of Service Team of Professionals Inc. are not subject to personal jurisdiction in Missouri because the requirements of the state's long arm statute and due process were not met in a suit filed earlier this year.

Judge grants summary judgment to Bosch in suit over house fire

By Sam Knef | May 19, 2018

ST. LOUIS - U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Judge Catherine Perry has granted summary judgment to Bosch Thermotechnology in a case brought by a couple whose lake house was destroyed by fire due to an allegedly defective water heater.

Oak River Insurance Co. has no duty to defend used car dealer that settled for $19 million, judge rules

By Sam Knef | May 19, 2018

KANSAS CITY – U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Western Division Judge Greg Kays granted summary judgment to Oak River Insurance Co., agreeing that the company owed no duty to defend or indemnify a used car dealer that settled class action claims for $19 million over alleged deception in repossessing cars.

Court of Appeals reverses dismissal in favor of borrowers in class action that originated 18 years ago

By Sam Knef | May 19, 2018

KANSAS CITY – The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District has reversed a Clay County Circuit Court ruling that had dismissed class action claims against Century Financial Group and other lenders.

Decision in suit brought by former Houston school board candidate affirmed on appeal

By Sam Knef | May 17, 2018

KANSAS CITY - A judgment in a lawsuit filed by a former candidate for school board in Houston claiming malicious prosecution by a financial advising firm and its law firm has been affirmed on appeal.

Court of Appeals sides with St. Louis County Assessor in assessment dispute

By Sam Knef | May 15, 2018

KANSAS CITY – The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District has affirmed a ruling in favor of the St. Louis County Assessor in a dispute with the owners of 95 properties who challenged assessments in an "even" year.

Split Missouri high court upholds amended law barring convicted felons from possessing firearms

By Sam Knef | May 15, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY — In a 4-3 decision, the Missouri Supreme Court on April 3 upheld the state's refusal to allow a convicted felon to possess firearms based on a state law amended in 2008.

Supreme Court upholds dismissal of wrongful death claim against chiropractors

By Sam Knef | May 15, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Supreme Court has dismissed wrongful death claims against Blue Springs chiropractors, ruling that plaintiffs' claims over the death of Michael Lang in 2009 are time-barred.

Appeals panel sides with Boone County in property owner’s right-of-way encroachment

By Sam Knef | May 14, 2018

KANSAS CITY – The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District has affirmed a ruling in favor of Boone County in its case against a property owner who had built a detached garage and other structures in the public right of way.

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