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Missouri, Georgia Supreme Courts Rule On Challenges To Noneconomic Damages Caps

(Mealey’s) The Missouri Supreme Court on March 23 held that caps on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases cannot be applied to cases filed before a law setting the limits took effect in 2005; the ruling came a day after the Georgia Supreme Court declared that state’s caps unconstitutional...

Judge: Missouri Funeral Protest Ban Unconstitutional

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - (AP) A federal judge Monday ruled that Missouri laws restricting protests near funerals are unconstitutional. Missouri legislators passed two laws in 2006 in response to protests at servicemembers' funerals by members of Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kan. The church contends...

Mo. Hog Company Says It Has Resolved Odor Issue

KANSAS CITY Mo. - (AP) Missouri pork giant Premium Standard Farms's plan to install new technology that will prevent odors from its hog confinements from polluting the air outside its farms violates a previously set deadline and the company should expect to pay a fine, state officials said. Full...

Missouri Democrat Keeps TV Ad Despite Fox News Lawsuit

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - (AP) Missouri Democrat Robin Carnahan is forging ahead with a television ad in her U.S. Senate campaign despite being sued by the Fox News Network for copyright infringement, her campaign said Thursday. Spokesman Linden Zakula defended the ad, saying the campaign believes it complies...

Government Sues 3 Biggest Credit Cards, Settles With 2

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department on Monday sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anticompetitive practices and reached a proposed settlement with two of them, MasterCard and Visa. "We want to put more money in consumers' pockets, and by eliminating credit card companies'...

Judge Rules Against Kansas Parents In School Funding Suit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (AP) Parents in a wealthy suburban Kansas City school district cannot seek to raise property taxes above a state cap because it could bring down Kansas' entire school funding system, a federal judge ruled Friday. A lawsuit filed by parents in Kansas' Shawnee Mission school...

Wal-Mart Sex Bias Case Hits Possible Court Block

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court appears ready to block a massive sex discrimination lawsuit against Wal-Mart on behalf of at least a half-million women, and that could make it harder for other workers nationwide to bring class-action claims against large employers. The 10-year-old lawsuit....

Planned Parenthood Sues Over Kansas Blocking Funds

TOPEKA, Kan. - (AP) Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Monday over a provision in Kansas' next state budget that prevents the organization from receiving federal family planning funding, marking the first of what could be several legal challenges to policies successfully pushed by abortion...

Missouri Lawyers Challenge LegalZoom's Service In Class Action Lawsuit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - (AP) A federal class-action civil suit in Missouri against a California-based vendor of online legal documents raises the question of whether even the most routine legal matters should remain the sole domain of the law community. The lawsuit filed by Todd Janson, a Missouri resident...

GM, EPA Reach $23.79 Million Agreement On Superfund Cleanup Costs

NEW YORK - (Mealey's) The liquidation company for bankrupt General Motors Corp. on Jan. 30 reached a $23.79 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve environmental liabilities related to Superfund sites in three states ( In Re: Motors Liquidation Company f/k/a General...

The March 2015 Jury Verdict Round-Up: Top 5 Personal Injury Verdicts

During March, the attorney editors on the LexisNexis Jury Verdict team covered several notable personal injury verdicts and settlements from across the country. This informal list of top five cases captured our attention this past month, so we thought you might like to hear about them. If you are interested...

Defense Verdict Returned In Purported 1st Zoloft Birth Defect Trial

ST. LOUIS — (Mealey’s) A Missouri state court jury on April 17 returned a defense verdict in a Zoloft birth defect trial said by the parties to be the first trial of its kind in the nation ( Kristyn Pesante, et al. v. Pfizer, Inc. , No. 122-CCO-2441-01, Mo. Cir., St. Louis City.). Kristyn...

When life hands you a gift, sometimes you have to hand it back. Quickly.

St. Louis, Missouri, attorney Joel Eisenstein, age 70, violated several rules of professional conduct when he received and reviewed opposing counsel’s outline of questions to her client. Eisenstein’s client, a husband in a divorce case, had accessed his wife’s email account, retrieved...