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Woman claims she was pepper sprayed in recent suit filed in wake of protests over Stockley acquittal

By Sam Knef | Oct 9, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Yet another federal lawsuit was recently filed against the city of St. Louis over actions taken at a Sept. 29, 2017, protest following the acquittal of Officer Jason Stockley in the murder of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Woman alleges she was wrongfully terminated because she was pregnant

By Sam Knef | Oct 9, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A St. Clair woman is suing her former employer claiming wrongful termination and alleging discrimination based on her sex and pregnancy.

Woman sues Walmart and Starbucks alleging she was injured after swallowing glass in bottle of tea

By Sam Knef | Oct 8, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis County woman is suing Walmart, Starbucks and the maker and distributor of bottled Tazo tea claiming that she was injured more than five years ago after swallowing glass that was contained in the drink.

Soccer mom sues after son doesn't get picked for Ladue Horton High School team

By Sam Knef | Oct 8, 2018

ST. LOUIS – The mother of a junior at Ladue Horton Watkins High School in St. Louis recently filed a federal lawsuit after her son was not selected to the junior varsity or varsity soccer teams.

Pro Motorsports' motion to dismiss suit over allegedly damaged Rolls Royce denied

By Sam Knef | Sep 28, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A luxury car dealer for professional athletes, executives and businesses cannot escape a lawsuit over allegations it fraudulently misrepresented the condition of a 2013 Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe when it sold it to a buyer of high-end, luxury vehicles.

Judge dismisses woman's suit against Bi-State over whiskey bottle shard injury to foot

By Sam Knef | Sep 28, 2018

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – An injury lawsuit against Bi-State Development brought by a woman claiming her foot was cut by a shard of glass from a whiskey bottle while at the Civic Center Transit site has been dismissed.

Platinum Equity dismissed from suit over lift-related death

By Sam Knef | Sep 28, 2018

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh Jr. of the Eastern District of Missouri has dismissed the parent company of a business that rents boom lifts from a lawsuit alleging a worker was killed by allegedly faulty equipment.

Judge denies motion to dismiss trade secrets litigation against Kane International

By Sam Knef | Sep 28, 2018

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White has denied a motion to dismiss a suit against a urethane ink resins manufacturer over claims it misappropriated trade secrets and other confidential and proprietary information.

Appeals court ends discord over rightful owner of Elvis guitar

By Sam Knef | Sep 22, 2018

ST. LOUIS — The U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed judgment in favor of the National Music Museum: America's Shrine to Music, in a dispute over who owns the guitar Elvis Presley played during his final tour in 1977.

Court finds for O'Reilly Automotive in 'Precision' trademark dispute

By Sam Knef | Sep 22, 2018

KANSAS CITY — U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips ruled in favor O'Reilly Automotive Stores in its trademark action against Bearing Technologies over the use of the word "Precision."

St. Louis couple sues city and police officers over arrest in wake of Stockley protests

By Sam Knef | Sep 22, 2018

A couple claims they were pepper-sprayed and detained by police during protests over an officer acquitted in the death of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Netflix and Hulu file to remove class action over allegedly unpaid fees to federal court

By Sam Knef | Sep 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS – Netflix and Hulu filed to remove to federal court a proposed class action brought by the city of Creve Coeur over allegations they failed to pay video-service-provider fees as required by state statute.

Neumayer Equipment files to remove former employee's discrimination complaint to federal court

By Sam Knef | Sep 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A Cape Girardeau-based company has filed a notice to remove to federal court a racial discrimination case filed by a former employee.

Class-action lawsuit claims Normandy officials unfairly target the poor

By Sam Knef | Sep 17, 2018

The city of Normandy faces a class-action lawsuit over complaints that the police department, court system and prosecutor's office over-policed low-income communities of color and issued arbitrary citations and fines for minor offenses.

Judge stays proceedings in Liberty Mutual Insurance dispute over costs of performance bonds

By Sam Knef | Sep 11, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A federal judge has stayed proceedings in an insurance company's pursuit of indemnification because of an ongoing state court case that seeks to resolve the same issues.

Former Hillshire Brands VP, ex-wife lose appeal to dismiss government's suit over 'sham divorce' allegation

By Sam Knef | Sep 11, 2018

ST. LOUIS – A couple accused by the federal government of entering into a "sham divorce" in order for the husband to avoid paying restitution in a case in which he pleaded guilty to defrauding his employer lost their motion to dismiss the case.

Judge awards costs to title insurer after appeals court vacates $6 million verdict in failed condo project

By Sam Knef | Sep 10, 2018

CAPE GIRARDEAU – U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh recently entered judgment in favor of Fidelity National Title Insurance in a dispute involving a failed $21-million condominium project.

Judge dismisses class action against Mercy Health over pension plan

By Sam Knef | Sep 10, 2018

ST. LOUIS – U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry recently dismissed a putative class action against Mercy Health brought by retirees who claim the pension fund has been underfunded in violation of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).

Contract dispute between propane monitoring services dismissed

By Sam Knef | Sep 3, 2018

A federal judge dismissed a case involving a dispute between businesses that use a satellite-based program that provides monitoring of propane and other gas tank storage levels.

Compton Furniture responsible for cleaning hazardous site in Macon, federal judge rules

By Sam Knef | Aug 31, 2018

The owner of a hazardous waste site violated an agreement to clean up the property, a federal judge ruled.

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