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Bicyclist sues Camden County over crash on artificial ridge

By Sam Knef | Feb 25, 2019

A Florida man is suing Camden County, claiming he has incurred more than $200,000 in medical bills and expenses after crashing his bicycle on an unmarked artificial ridge on a roadway.

Judge finds in favor of BCBSKC insurer in coverage dispute over mental health treatment

By Sam Knef | Feb 23, 2019

U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith has granted summary judgment to Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City in a dispute over reimbursement for mental health treatment.

Kansas City code enforcer shot on the way to work can continue with disability discrimination suit against city

By Sam Knef | Jan 29, 2019

KANSAS CITY – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri recently dismissed several employment-related claims against Kansas City in lawsuit filed by a city code enforcement officer who was wounded in a 2015 shooting while on his way to work.

Supreme Court affirms $28.9 million award to patient in case against Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities

By Sam Knef | Jan 29, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Supreme Court has sided with a plaintiff awarded a $28.9 million medical malpractice judgment against Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities.

High court affirms cafeteria operator at federal reserve bank is not exempt from sales tax

By Sam Knef | Jan 28, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri Supreme Court recently affirmed a hearing commission ruling that determined the operator of a cafeteria at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City cannot claim the bank's sales tax exemption.

Judge rules for Koss Construction in female worker's Equal Pay Act suit

By Sam Knef | Jan 28, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie J. Epps Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Jr. has granted summary judgment to a construction company facing a gender discrimination claim.

Eastern District of Missouri judge gives man 21 days to show cause in discrimination complaint

By Sam Knef | Jan 16, 2019

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri granted a man pursuing an age discrimination lawsuit to proceed in forma pauperis, which allows him to proceed without paying a filing fee.

Judge allows Washington man to pursue claim over child support garnishment without filing fees

By Sam Knef | Jan 16, 2019

ST. LOUIS - U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig granted a Washington state man's pro se motion to pursue his case against the Missouri Department of Social Services "in forma pauperis," which relieves him from having to pay a filing fee.

Judge grants part of Eagle Forum's motion to dismiss suit brought by son of founder who was ousted from board

By Sam Knef | Jan 15, 2019

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently ruled in favor of the conservative interest group Eagle Forum in a suit brought by Andrew Schlafly, a former director who had been ousted nearly two years ago during a special board meeting.

8th Circuit Court of Appeals sides with school district in dispute over student's education plan

By Sam Knef | Jan 15, 2019

ST. LOUIS – The U.S. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling in favor of Palmyra R-I School District in a dispute over the education plan for a young student with Down syndrome.

Judge allows ‘non-frivolous’ claims against John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center to go forward

By Sam Knef | Jan 14, 2019

ST. LOUIS - The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri recently said a man suing the John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center and medical professionals can pursue his medical negligence case in forma pauperis, which allows him to forego paying filing fees.

Student dismissed from UMKC dental school sues for readmission or $17.5 million

By Sam Knef | Jan 8, 2019

A student who was dismissed from the University of Missouri at Kansas City's School of Dentistry due to bad grades is suing for reinstatement or $17.5 million—the value of career earnings plus $2.8 million in expected bonuses.

Daughter sues Veterans Affairs over father's death at Columbia hospital

By Sam Knef | Jan 8, 2019

JEFFERSON CITY – A lawsuit that was recently filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri blames the Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia for failing to promptly and appropriately diagnose a patient's sepsis, leading to his death.

Texas tackle company files suit over winner of 2015 Anglers of the Year award

By Sam Knef | Jan 8, 2019

KANSAS CITY – A sponsor of a fishing tournament team that came in second place in the 2015 Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament Trail alleges the winner engaged in a fraudulent scheme.

Kansas City man alleges automotive dealerships infringed sales tool questionnaire

By Sam Knef | Jan 8, 2019

KANSAS CITY – A Kansas City man and owner of The Art of Sales has filed a suit over allegations of copyright infringement against two automotive dealerships based in Texas and Arizona over their use of a form used by car salespersons.

Cedar Hills sues operators of Battlefield Mall alleging they underpaid

By Sam Knef | Jan 7, 2019

KANSAS CITY – A commercial real estate landlord recently filed a federal lawsuit alleging a tenant improperly and systematically miscalculated and underpaid its rent.

Timeshare developer turns up heat on firm that claims to help owners out of contracts

By Sam Knef | Jan 2, 2019

KANSAS CITY – A Florida timeshare developer and financier are asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri to find a company that specializes in getting consumers out of timeshare contracts in contempt of a discovery order in underlying litigation in a Florida federal court.

Capital One seeking more than $600,000 in damages from Cape Girardeau Toyota dealership

By Sam Knef | Jan 2, 2019

CAPE GIRARDEAU – Capital One Auto Finance recently filed a lawsuit against a Toyota dealership in Cape Girardeau alleging fraud, breach of contract and breach of representations and warranties.

Century Link seeks refund of millions it claims was overcharged for long distance

By Sam Knef | Jan 1, 2019

Century Link Communications and others are suing Kansas Fiber Network and Missouri Network Alliance claiming they overcharged millions of dollars for transiting long-distance telephone calls carried by Century Link to or from the defendants’ phone networks.

Investor sues to keep interest in Texas real estate project intact

By Sam Knef | Dec 30, 2018

A Georgia-based family trust is suing Kansas City entities over loans it pledged for a Frisco, Texas real estate project known as Wade Park.

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