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Law school dean: No big drop in new lawyer hires despite recent layoffs

ST. LOUIS – The dean of career services for the St. Louis University School of Law, one of the premiere law schools in the country, said the recent layoffs of attorneys by one of the largest firms in the Midwest does not mean fewer new attorneys out of law school are being hired.

Judge rejects TCPA claims in proposed fax class action

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.

Missouri AG first to take on Google over alleged consumer protection, anti-trust violations

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri's attorney general has become the first state law officer to demand Google reveal information over whether its business practices violated consumer protection and anti-trust laws.

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

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

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.

Reversal of DACA would be a huge loss to Missouri

NEW YORK — Immigrants and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) have quite an impact on Missouri's economy, which is part of today's iMarch for Immigration, a 50-state campaign calling for Congress to come up with a solution over what is dubbed the "Dreamers Act" by year's end.

Judge dismisses Backpage complaint against Missouri AG

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.

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

From
legalnewsline.com

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.

Judge says Janssen Pharmaceuticals case must stay in state court

ST. LOUIS — Another judge has rejected defense arguments for moving product liability claims out of state court and into federal court.

Judge continues to reject defense assertions related to Bristol-Myers ruling

A U.S. district judge has again rejected a defense argument that the landmark ruling in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California (BMS) provided grounds for keeping product liability claims of multiple plaintiffs from multiple states in federal court.

Missouri Supreme Court rules defendants not entitled to 'any and all' medical records

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Supreme Court has unanimously agreed that defendants in medical negligence cases are not entitled to "any and all medical records," but rather only those that relate to physical conditions at issue in pleadings related to litigation.

Court rejects Bayer’s effort to keep Essure cases in federal court

A federal judge has remanded a product liability claim brought on behalf of 94 plaintiffs from four states against Bayer Corp. over its birth control product Essure to St. Louis City Circuit Court.

Judge denies Round-Up plaintiff’s effort to re-file case in state court

U.S. District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig has denied a Jersey County man's motion to dismiss claims against Monsanto over the alleged harmful effects of Round-Up, ruling that his effort was designed to avoid having his case consolidated with others in California litigation.

Judge denies Profax's motion for dismissal, entry of judgment in TCPA case

ST. LOUIS — U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh has denied a defense motion for entry of judgment and dismissal in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) class action.

Judge rejects proposed Wiretap Act class action against Build.com

ST. LOUIS — A proposed class action alleging violations of the Wiretap Act and unjust enrichment by Build.com Inc. has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Audrey Fleissig.

Kansas City attorney suspended for alleged false statements in bankruptcy cases

Kansas City attorney Lydia Marie Carson has been suspended following a Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order over allegations arising from three bankruptcy cases and other charges, including advertising on Craigslist without a required disclosure.

Former St. Louis public defender reinstated to practice law following 2007 suspension

Eric Seymour Affholter, who lost his job in 2007 as head of the state public defender’s office in St. Louis over charges of marriage fraud, has been reinstated to practice law following a state Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order.

St. Louis attorney reciprocally suspended for allegedly practicing law in Illinois without license

St. Louis attorney James R. Hanlin, licensed in Missouri for almost 55 years, has been reciprocally suspended following a Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order after he was disciplined by the Illinois Supreme Court earlier this year for allegedly practicing law in that state without a license.

Judge sides with Wash U School of Medicine in former employee's retaliation suit

ST. LOUIS — U.S. District Judge Rodney W. Sippel has granted summary judgment to Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in a former employee's retaliation lawsuit.

Cape Girardeau attorney suspended after admitting to taking almost $5,000 in law firm's funds

Cape Girardeau attorney Dale Edward Gerecke has been suspended following a Nov. 21 Missouri Supreme Court order over allegations he improperly took funds from a law firm where he'd formerly been a partner.