News from April 2017

U.S. Supreme Court grants additional time for Missouri to appeal egg case

By Karen Kidd | Apr 2, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's attorney general has been granted additional time to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court against California laws and regulations that don't allow the sale of eggs from chickens too closely confined.

Hillsboro resident accuses The Law Offices of Jay B. Umansky PC of abusive collection practices

By Michael Abella | Apr 3, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A Hillsboro consumer has filed a class-action lawsuit against The Law Offices of Jay B. Umansky PC, citing alleged deceptive and unfair collection practices.

Attorney involved with Critique Services suspended

By Olivia Olsen | Apr 3, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY — The Supreme Court of Missouri, at the behest of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel, has ruled to suspend attorney Teresa M. Coyle from the practice of law.

Class-action suit allegea telephone harassment

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 4, 2017

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against a telemarketing company, The Pisa Group Inc.; a newspaper company, Plain Dealer Publishing Co.; and other as-yet unknown newspaper companies for alleged violation of telephone harassment statutes.

Toxic waste lawsuit faults companies in man's death

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 4, 2017

A representative of a deceased Bridgton resident is suing a biopharmaceutical firm and chemical-producing company for alleged negligence in toxic waste disposal, resulting in fatal injuries.

Web-hosting firm sues contractors over copyright infringement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 4, 2017

A computer programming company is suing Tri-State Equipment Co. Inc. and employees Timothy Millsap, Matthew Timme and Daniel Benninger for alleged use of copyright materials while hosting to a website.

Firefighter sues insurer over long-term disability benefits

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 4, 2017

A firefighter is suing an insurance company for alleged breach of contract by refusing to pay insurance coverage relating to a disability.

Labor union sues landscaping firm to enforce bargaining accord

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 4, 2017

A labor union is suing Surecut Lawncare LLC, which does business as Surecut Lawncare, Surecut Solutions and Farinella Bros. Landscaping, for alleged breach of contract for refusing to comply with a collective bargaining agreement.

Children of the deceased driver sue for damages

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 5, 2017

Children of a deceased motorist are suing a trucking company and its vehicle driver for alleged negligence that led to a collision.

Charter Communications accused of selling personal data without consent

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 6, 2017

ST. LOUIS — Subscribers have filed a class-action lawsuit against a telecommunications company for alleged rights to privacy and publicity for their personally identifiable information.

American Exterior – Interior Services allegedly violated collective bargaining agreement

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 6, 2017

ST. LOUIS — Employee benefit plan representatives are suing American Exterior – Interior Services Inc. and Donna Hubbard, employers, citing alleged violation of workers compensation acts.

Retiree claims St. Louis Teamster Brewery Workers Pension Plan underpayed benefits

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 6, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A retired employee is suing a pension plan and its trustees, citing alleged violation of workers compensation acts.

Criminal defense attorney disbarred for misconduct

By Olivia Olsen | Apr 6, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled to disbar criminal defense attorney Michael Bert from the practice of law. 

Representatives allege Schaltenbrand Construction failed to make all contributions to funds

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Apr 7, 2017

ST. LOUIS — Trustee representatives are suing Schaltenbrand Construction Inc., citing alleged violation of workers compensation acts.

Missouri lawmaker seeks to create more transparency in lawsuits involving the state

By Angela Underwood | Apr 7, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY — After requesting and receiving million-dollar reports on lawsuits against the government, one state representative is proposing legislation to create transparency for taxpayers.

Appeals court rules that utility rate hike can stand in Hillcrest Manor neighborhood

By John Severance | Apr 7, 2017

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Close to 250 customers in the Hillcrest Manor subdivision will have to pay utility rate hikes of $25 to $150 per month after a ruling was upheld by the Missouri Western District Court of Appeals.

Attorney to run for Newton County associate judge

By John Severance | Apr 9, 2017

NEOSHO — A trial attorney who has practiced law for 21 years is running for an associate judgeship in Newton County for the 2018 election.

Appeals court upholds decision on ConocoPhillips' leaking storage tanks

By Laura Halleman | Apr 9, 2017

SPRINGFIELD — The Missouri Court of Appeals Southern District has upheld a decision by a lower court in favor of ConocoPhillips in a lawsuit alleging it took money from an insurance fund for the cleanup of leaking underground storage tanks.

Sheriffs' Retirement Fund surcharge center of constitutional debate

By Kristin Regula | Apr 9, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A $3 court surcharge for the Sheriffs' Retirement Fund is at the center of a potential constitutional battle between sheriffs and judges in Missouri.

Talc defendant cites Supreme Court ruling on out-of-state plaintiffs in bid to overturn verdict

By John Breslin | Apr 10, 2017

ST. LOUIS — A defendant in a class action lawsuit over claims that talc is linked to patients developing ovarian cancer has cited a recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling that foreign corporations cannot be sued for events that happened out of state.

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