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

By Karen Kidd | Mar 19, 2018

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.

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Study on consumer lawsuit loans finds high rates, confusing terms

By Daniel Fisher | Mar 19, 2018

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%.

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McCaskill donors include Who’s Who list of plaintiff attorneys; Simmons’ attorneys account for $200K

By Record News | Mar 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – Attorney John Simmons of Alton and 35 other Simmons Hanly Conroy lawyers each gave Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill $5,400 last year, Federal Election Commission records show.

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

By Tomas Kassahun | Mar 2, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Feb 27, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Feb 26, 2018

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.

Couple claims A.W. Chesterton, others to blame for lung cancer

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 16, 2018

ST. LOUIS — A couple is suing A.W. Chesterton Co., Bell & Gossett Co., McKesson Corp., and other asbestos products manufacturers and users, alleging negligence.

OPINION: Bad Science at NIOSH?

By Bruce Fein | Feb 2, 2018

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

By Lhalie Castillo | Feb 1, 2018

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

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Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

By Daniel Fisher | Jan 24, 2018

CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

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

By David Hutton | Jan 10, 2018

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

By Karen Kidd | Dec 28, 2017

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

By Dee Thompson | Dec 20, 2017

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

By Dee Thompson | Dec 13, 2017

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

By Lhalie Castillo | Dec 5, 2017

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

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

By Jessica Karmasek | Dec 5, 2017

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.

Companies accused of not warning workers of asbestos risks

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 9, 2017

ST. LOUIS — Surviving heirs are suing companies that used or manufactured asbestos products, citing alleged negligence.

Husband claims he developed asbestos-related diseases after working for Missouri companies, others

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Nov 8, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A couple is suing multiple corporations for alleged failure to warn of the dangerous effects of asbestos.

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

By Lhalie Castillo | Nov 7, 2017

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

By John Breslin | Nov 2, 2017

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.

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