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Judge says Essure case should stay in federal court for now

By Sam Knef | Jan 30, 2018

Plaintiffs in Essure birth control litigation against Bayer will not be able to have their case heard in St. Louis City Circuit Court for now, but they can amend their complaint setting forth reasons why claims of dozens of out of state plaintiffs should be heard in that court.

Eastern District of Missouri issues mixed ruling in junk fax class action

By Sam Knef | Jan 26, 2018

U.S. District Judge Shirley Padmore Mensah issued a mixed ruling in a junk fax lawsuit being litigated in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Judge denies sanctions against ATF in mother's wrongful-death suit

By Sam Knef | Jan 26, 2018

A federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to produce video it may have related to a sting operation that is the subject of a lawsuit brought by a mother whose son was killed in the incident.

Eastern District of Missouri judge dismisses claims against credit information provider in FCRA suit

By Sam Knef | Jan 25, 2018

U.S. District Judge Charles A. Shaw has dismissed claims against a credit information provider in a lawsuit claiming the plaintiff was prevented from obtaining financing, suffered emotional distress and incurred attorney's fees due to alleged violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).

Judge says father's claims against Teva, Actavis preempted by federal law

By Sam Knef | Jan 24, 2018

A federal judge has dismissed claims brought by a father who alleges his son's suicide was caused by an antinausea drug.

Appeals court reverses $2.5 discrimination verdict against Harris-Stowe

By Sam Knef | Jan 23, 2018

An appeals court has reversed a $2.5 million discrimination verdict against Harris-Stowe State University, finding a St. Louis City Circuit Court erred in its verdict instructions.

Eastern District of Missouri judge rejects attempt at reviving asbestos claims against dismissed defendants

By Sam Knef | Jan 22, 2018

U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey has rejected an asbestos claimant's request for reconsideration of an earlier decision that dismissed 14 companies on lack of personal jurisdiction grounds.

Eastern District magistrate denies stay in herbicide suit pending multidistrict litigation panel decision

By Sam Knef | Jan 22, 2018

U.S. Magistrate John Bodenhausen has denied plaintiffs' motion to stay in a proposed product-liability class action involving the herbicide dicamba.

Federal judge denies motion to dismiss Express Scripts' fraud suit against Lifecare

By Sam Knef | Jan 21, 2018

U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey has ruled for Express Scripts in a suit it filed against one of its former network pharmacies the company claims defrauded it of at least $2 million.

Man claiming he was sexually harassed at Blast Fitness awarded nearly $200,000

By Sam Knef | Jan 21, 2018

A man who claimed he was sexually harassed when seeking employment at a fitness facility has been awarded $198,000 in default judgment by U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig.

Arbitrability issues to be determined by arbitrator, not courts, appeals court rules

By Sam Knef | Jan 20, 2018

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District has affirmed in part and reversed in part an order denying a motion to stay and compel arbitration in a breach of promissory note dispute among businesses involved with the pet and livestock food industry.

Judge denies motion to reconsider sending Risperdal claims to state court

By Sam Knef | Jan 19, 2018

U.S. District Judge Ronnie White has denied a defense motion to reconsider a prior ruling that allowed Risperdal claims of 72 plaintiffs from 24 states to stay in state court.

Judge rules for AT&T in former worker's accommodation suit

By Sam Knef | Jan 18, 2018

ST. LOUIS - A federal judge has granted summary judgment to AT&T in a former call center worker's discrimination suit that alleged the company failed to make reasonable accommodations for her disability.

Appeals court affirms ruling in Cooperative Home Care dispute

By Sam Knef | Jan 17, 2018

ST. LOUIS - The Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern Division has affirmed a ruling in favor of a business owner who was sued by a partner trying to dissolve their company.

Judge certifies FSLA class of Steak 'n Shake workers

By Sam Knef | Jan 10, 2018

ST. LOUIS - A federal judge has certified a class action of 46 Steak 'n Shake managers in Missouri who claim they were not paid overtime wages in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Judge refuses to dismiss Medtronic wrongful death suit

By Sam Knef | Dec 13, 2017

ST. LOUIS - U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig has denied in large part a defense motion to dismiss a wrongful death suit against Medtronics and allowed the claimant to file an amended complaint.

Judge rejects TCPA claims in proposed fax class action

By Sam Knef | Dec 12, 2017

ST. LOUIS - U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh has dismissed Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims against a number of defendants in a proposed class action.

Judge rejects Bayer’s attempts to move Essure case to federal court

By Sam Knef | Dec 8, 2017

ST. LOUIS — U.S. District Judge Ronnie L. White is allowing plaintiffs suing Bayer HealthCare and others over the permanent birth control system Essure to remand their case filed on March 30 to St. Louis City Circuit Court.

Chalk up another win for Rams; training facility dispute to be arbitrated

By Sam Knef | Dec 7, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY — The former St. Louis Rams, relocated and renamed the Los Angeles Rams, chalked up a victory over St. Louis-area interests on Nov. 21, with the Missouri Supreme Court ruling that the franchise's lease dispute with the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority should be settled through arbitration.

Judge dismisses Backpage complaint against Missouri AG

By Sam Knef | Dec 5, 2017

ST. LOUIS — U.S. District Judge Patricia L. Cohen has denied an injunction requested by website operators Backpage.com that sought to derail an investigation launched by the state attorney general earlier this year.

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