Missouri Supreme Court News

$19M verdict against BNSF stands; Mo. SC rejects argument juror concealed that she had filed wrongful death suit

By Kyla Asbury | Jun 11, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY. Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri affirmed a jury verdict in a case against BNSF Railway Co. over the alleged wrongful death of a Missouri man.

Mo. Supreme Court: Commission can deny approval of post-award settlement in Workers' Comp case

By Amanda Thomas | Jun 5, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – Missouri's state labor commission can refuse to approve a post-award settlement between Costco Wholesale and an employee who was injured on the job, the state Supreme Court has ruled.

Missouri Supreme Court says wrongful death suit against doctors filed after statute of limitations

By Elizabeth Alt | Apr 24, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – Doctors entangled in a wrongful death suit were granted their request for the Missouri Supreme Court to grant a writ of prohibition that would prevent a circuit court from taking any action besides dismissing the suit against them “as barred by the statute of limitations.”

Mo. SC rules for supervisors sued over death of delivery driver sent out during a winter storm

By Robert Davis | Mar 26, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has affirmed a summary judgment by a trial court in a wrongful death lawsuit in which a delivery driver died while operating a company vehicle during a winter storm.

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.

Class action lawyers lose $2.5M Mo. ruling after Supreme Court takes case

By John Severance | Oct 31, 2017

ST. LOUIS (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned a $2.5 million verdict against Nissan North America Inc., which had been sued by a class of plaintiffs that alleged the automaker had produced vehicles with dashboards that became defective when there was heat or high humidity.

Judge says reasonable consumer could be fooled by slack fill in Hot Tamales, Mike and Ike's

By Elizabeth Alt | Sep 28, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – Candy company Just Born Inc.’s attempt to dismiss a lawsuit over slack-fill techniques was denied by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Central Division on July 21.

Missouri SC upholds damages award of nearly $40 million in Depakote lawsuit

By Jessica Karmasek | Sep 15, 2017

Defendant Abbott Laboratories Inc. appealed the City of St. Louis Circuit Court’s judgment awarding plaintiff Maddison Schmidt $15 million in compensatory damages and $23 million in punitive damages for her personal injury claim. Schmidt was born with spina bifida and other birth defects.

Med-mal plaintiffs lose attempt to disqualify juror; Rehearing requested at Missouri Supreme Court

By Glenn Minnis | Aug 28, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has affirmed a lower court’s verdict in favor of the defendant in a medical negligence case in which two plaintiffs claimed a juror should have been disqualified.

Mo. Supreme Court rules the former St. Louis Rams are liable for unpaid sales tax

By Dee Thompson | Aug 24, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that the former St. Louis Rams owe $335,000 in state sales tax that went unpaid from 2007 to 2013.

Mo. Supreme Court rules against wrongful discharge claim

By David Hutton | Jul 10, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of Ameren Corp. and others in a lawsuit filed by a commercial plumbing firm, Bishop & Associates.

Missouri Supreme Court sends product liability case back for retrial following appeal

By Chandra Lye | Jun 30, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court has overturned the decision of a lower court in a product liability lawsuit over an incident that has left the plaintiff with an ongoing back injury.

Mo. Supreme Court gives new life to medical malpractice case

By Melissa Busch | May 31, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has overturned a jury verdict against a woman whose esophageal lining allegedly was torn during a medical procedure.

Missouri high court lowers amount awarded to Kansas City School District employee

By Mike Helenthal | May 30, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Missouri Supreme Court on May 16 lowered the amount awarded by a lower court in a wrongful discharge claim of a former employee of the Kansas City School District.

Missouri SC sides with Humane Society in kennel owner’s defamation lawsuit

By Jessica Karmasek | May 16, 2017

The state’s high court, in an April 27 decision, agreed with the nation’s largest animal protection organization in a lawsuit brought against it by a Salem, Missouri, woman whose dog kennel was named one of the worst “puppy mills” in the state by The Humane Society of the United States.

Missouri SC finds in favor of insurance provider in underinsured motorist coverage case

By Sara McCleary | Apr 19, 2017

The Missouri Supreme Court this month reversed a lower court’s judgment that found in favor of a couple trying to recover damages through their insurance policy, instead siding with the insurer.

Mo. SC rules underinsured motorist coverage was not ambiguous in fatal accident case

By Laura Halleman | Mar 21, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri on March 14 reversed a lower court’s opinion, finding in favor of an insurance company following the death of a woman in a motor vehicle accident.

Justice reform groups continue push for venue, jurisdiction bills in Missouri Legislature

By Taryn Phaneuf | Mar 15, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A recent Missouri Supreme Court ruling regarding jurisdiction that looks like a win for the business community doesn’t negate the need for legislation reforming the way the state’s courts settle venue and joinder matters, civil justice reform advocates say.

Missouri Supreme Court has no jurisdiction over events that occurred in Indiana

By Sara McCleary | Mar 3, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri has determined that Missouri has no specific or general personal jurisdiction over Norfolk Southern Railway Co. in a case filed by an employee alleging injuries.

Defense not allowed to depose plaintiff's former expert; Wouldn't have helped defense's case anyway, he said

By Christopher Knoll | Jan 24, 2017

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (Legal Newsline) – The Supreme Court of Missouri ruled in November that a work-product privilege waiver does not apply to expert witnesses dismissed by a legal party prior to a deposition.

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