A local Kansas City family law attorney was sued for breach of fiduciary duty by an alleged former client. A Jackson County, Missouri jury returned a verdict of $3 Million dollars against the attorney and his law firm for the breach of duty. The Plaintiff alleged that the attorney represented both her (biological mother) and the adoptive parents. The Plaintiff alleged that the attorney told...
Ford's litigation policy of refusing to settle defective product claims reportedly cost the automaker over $255 Million. Hopefully these large jury verdicts will send a message that the public is not going to tolerate corporate irresponsibility any longer. You can read more about this story in the St. Louis Post Dispatch.I believe that large corporations adopt this type of strategy hoping that...
Recently, a welder filed a lawsuit against the makers of welding products. His lawsuit contends that welding products which contain manganese caused him to suffer neurological problems, including Parkinson's Disease. The lawsuit claims that exposure to manganese for as little as 49 days can cause neurological damage. The plaintiff has alleged that the defendants concealed safety data on the...
Recently, the Missouri Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of workers' compensation benefits to an employee who had a pre-existing condition that he argued was aggravated by a work-related incident. The administrative law judge that heard the case determined that the work-related incident did not cause the underlying problem, and the condition was related to a pre-existing injury and thus was...
A Springfield, Missouri surgeon has sued Cox Health for retaliation for reporting unsafe and unsterile conditions in Cox South operating rooms to officials. The surgeon contends that Cox Health forced him to go through an unnecessary peer-review process in retaliation for him reporting what he felt were unsafe conditions that could have a negative impact on patient safety. The Springfield New...
If you rear-end another vehicle can you maintain a viable claim against that driver? Recently, a prospective client contacted me with this question. In that case, driver 1's car stopped running and was stationary in the right hand lane of traffic on a bridge. Driver 2, was an SUV that failed to stop in time and struck Driver 1. Driver 3 (prospective client) was in a small car behind the SUV...
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