JEFFERSON CITY – The U.S. House of Representatives last month passed the Forced Arbitration Injustice Repeal Act, which sets out to do away with arbitration contracts for employment, consumer, anti-trust or civil rights disputes.
ST. LOUIS – The owner of a St. Louis apartment building and a landlord were granted part of their motion to dismiss a pro se lawsuit filed by a former tenant over allegations she was targeted due to her race when the landlord allowed the police to search her residence, did not renew her lease and alleged she had stolen property.
ST. LOUIS – A federal judge has ruled that two expert witnesses in the case of a woman suing Equifax, Bay Area Credit Service and others relating to her identity theft and alleged illegal debt collection cannot give their opinions regarding any emotional distress she may have suffered or hedonic damages.
ST. LOUIS – A federal judge in Missouri has granted in part and denied in part an air ambulance company's motion to dismiss a class action suit filed by employees claiming violation of wage laws in three states.
ST. LOUIS – A federal court has dismissed the wrongful death claims against the United States government filed by the children of a woman who died during surgery at the Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Centers in St. Louis. The court also allowed parts of the suit to continue.
JEFFERSON CITY – According to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform’s 2019 Lawsuit Climate Survey, Missouri’s ranking is improving – having moved up five places since 2017 – though it still remains 44th worst in the country.
ST. LOUIS – A federal court has dismissed a complaint filed by a man seeking $1 million in damages on behalf of his mother who he claims was wrongfully terminated, resulting in her loss of insurance and being unable to afford her medication.
ST. LOUIS – The city of Ferguson has been denied its fourth attempt to dismiss a class action lawsuit filed people claiming they were jailed indefinitely for their inability to pay traffic and other minor offense citations in violation of their constitutional rights.
ST. LOUIS – A federal judge has allowed a St. Louis mail carrier who claims he was denied a position and a requested transfer due to his military disability to move forward with his suit while ordering the court to issue process on U.S. Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
ST. LOUIS – A former Bi-State Development Agency of Missouri employee who alleges the agency submitted false claims for payment to the federal government was denied his motion for an amended or altered order of a summary judgment by a federal court.
ST. LOUIS – On Aug. 22, Judge Rodney Sippel of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri’s Southeastern Division granted a prisoner's motion to amend his case over alleged civil rights violations.
ST. LOUIS – A district federal court in Missouri has denied to dismiss claims of hostile work environment in a suit filed by an employee who alleged co-worker with Tourette’s syndrome repeatedly called her a racial slur.
JEFFERSON CITY – A student who sued student loan servicer Navient won’t have to go through arbitration in a suit over allegations that his student loan interest amount was higher than what was stated in loan documents.