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Amtrak engineer alleges unsafe working environment caused shoulder injury

ST. LOUIS – An engineer for Amtrak alleges he was never warned of unsafe conditions and the potential for injuries.

Amtrak employee alleges back injuries caused by repetitive motions

ST. LOUIS – An Illinois man alleges his back injuries were caused by the working conditions during his employment with Amtrak.

More aggressive defenses expected in asbestos cases as new information emerges of other cancer causes

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WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Companies named in asbestos lawsuits may employ more aggressive defenses as information emerges that other factors can cause the particular type of cancer that leads to the costliest settlements and verdicts.

SCOTUS decision changes everything in Missouri mass tort cases; Once-$72M verdict will stay vacated

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ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to not review a talcum powder case against Johnson & Johnson, leaving vacated a once-$72 million verdict signals that the "Show-Me State is now a less tort-friendly place," a mass tort litigator says.

Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

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AUSTIN, Texas (Legal Newsline) - The broadest study yet of consumer litigation finance – money forwarded to lawsuit plaintiffs in anticipation of a victory in court or a legal settlement – found a “very complicated and circuitous” system in which some borrowers appear to subsidize others and the median interest rate exceeds 40%.

Kansas City attorney Craig O’Dear launches campaign for U.S. Senate

Kansas City attorney Craig O’Dear has entered the race for U.S. Senate in an effort to beat incumbent Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill in 2018 as an independent candidate.

Gov. Greitens is considering three candidates for St. Louis circuit court vacancy

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is mulling three candidates, a Clayton attorney and two associate circuit judges, that the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission recommended to fill a bench vacancy left when Judge Jimmie Edwards resigned last fall.

Commission seeking applicants to replace Judge Dierker vacancy on troubled St. Louis Circuit

If you have what it takes to be a St. Louis City Circuit Court judge, then the 22nd Circuit Judicial Commission might be looking for you.

OPINION: Bad Science at NIOSH?

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) was established by the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 as a research agency focused on the study of worker safety and health.

Amtrak worker claims unsafe work conditions

ST. LOUIS — A train attendant is suing National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), an interstate common carrier, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Missouri legislators taking aim at tort reform to clean up state's 'judicial hellhole' reputation

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers are considering House Bill 1578, which modifies provisions relating to civil procedures in tort claims and potentially could make it harder for plaintiffs not connected to the state to file cases here.

Missouri Lawyers Award recipient says defending case before Supreme Court a team effort

Successfully defending a case on behalf of Advocate Health Care Network before the U.S. Supreme Court was a team effort, the recipient of a 2018 Missouri Lawyers Award for her role in the high-profile case said during a recent interview.

Associated Industries of Missouri CEO says 'judicial hellhole' ranking is driving change in state

JEFFERSON CITY — The head of the oldest general business trade association in the state credits new judicial reform in Missouri for helping St. Louis drop from No. 1 to No. 3 on the 2017-18 “judicial hellhole” rankings released by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF) last week.

St. Louis drops to No. 3 in 'judicial hellhole' rankings

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis is ranked No. 3 on the 2017-2018 “judicial hellhole” rankings by the American Tort Reform Foundation (ATRF), but it has improved since last year when the St. Louis Circuit Court was ranked as the worst court in the nation by the group.

Geek Hoodies owner allegedly duped

ST. LOUIS — The owner of an online clothing company is suing its previous Australian owners, citing alleged misrepresentations and fraudulent omissions.

Florida tops tort reform group's list of ‘Judicial Hellholes,' while California No. 2

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California, City of St. Louis Circuit Court, New York City’s asbestos court and Philadelphia round out the American Tort Reform Association’s top five this year.

Former Amtrak employee claims she suffered knee, back injuries due to repetitive car movements

ST. LOUIS — A former on-board service attendant is suing a common carrier operator, citing alleged insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Blows to talc plaintiffs in Missouri as $72 million award overturned, another trial halted

JEFFERSON CITY – Plaintiffs involved in two talc-related cases being heard in Missouri suffered recent blows with a reversal of a $72 million award and the halting of a trial due to begin last month.

Missouri's improved legal climate not captured in national poll conducted in spring

Missouri's efforts at tort reform this past summer didn't factor in a national poll released this week that ranks states by their legal climate. The state, however, still saw a slight improvement.

USCIS accused of unlawfully delaying immigration application

A St. Louis resident is suing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Secretary of DHS John F. Kelley for an alleged unlawful delay in an application for permanent residency.