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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.

No ‘ginger’ Ginger Ale class action survives motion to dismiss

By Sam Knef | May 6, 2018

A putative class action that claims Canada Dry Ginger Ale does not contain ginger can proceed.

Fox ordered to make accommodations for hearing-impaired

By Sam Knef | May 6, 2018

The Fabulous Fox Theatre must make a number of accommodations available to hearing-impaired patrons by May 18.

Judge awards attorney fees in DISH class action that exceed settlement fund

By Sam Knef | May 6, 2018

A federal judge has awarded attorney fees in a class action that settled for $2.7 million in January against Dish Network over its cancellation of regional sports programming of FOX Network packages in October 2010.

Court dismisses fraudulent concealment claims in BASF dicamba litigation

By Sam Knef | Apr 29, 2018

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh, Jr. has dismissed certain claims against BASF Corp. over farmers' dicamba herbicide litigation.

Third-party insurer dispute transferred to Northern District of Illinois

By Sam Knef | Apr 29, 2018

U.S. Magistrate Judge Abbie Crites-Leoni has granted a move by a third-party defendant to move litigation to the Northern District of Illinois.

Judge issues mixed ruling in Toyota 4Runner rollover case

By Sam Knef | Apr 29, 2018

U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber issued a mixed ruling in a case involving a Toyota 4Runner rollover accident that took place in 2012.

Dispute over ‘AIG’ trademark will continue in federal court

By Sam Knef | Apr 29, 2018

What's in a name? For defendant American International Group (AIG), six years could be the difference in having to face allegations that it infringed on the trademark of A.I.G. Agency, an auto insurer based in Maryland Heights.

Appeals court affirms dismissal of defamation claim against Washington University doctor

By Sam Knef | Apr 21, 2018

A defamation suit that was dismissed against an oncology doctor at Washington University School of Medicine has been affirmed by the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District.

Kansas law holds sway over pedestrian hit by car in Missouri

By Sam Knef | Apr 20, 2018

A pedestrian who was struck by a driver in a rental vehicle will not see an arbitration award of $4.1 million following a ruling by the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District.

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