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Brett Emison

Missouri Governor Vetoes Tort Reform Bills

The 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution provides for the right of citizens to have their disputes tried to a jury of their peers.  Under the Missouri Constitution, “the right to trial by jury as heretofore enjoyed shall remain […]

Brett Emison

‘Star Trek’ Actor Killed By Defective Jeep Grand Cherokee

Actor Anton Yelchin – likely most known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek franchise reboot – died tragically when his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backward and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and security fence […]

David Brose

Like the Cavs, Our Clients Fight for Historic Comebacks

Despite the dejection of losing a pivotal, must-win Game 4 at home – leaving them staring at a 3-1 deficit no team in NBA history had ever overcome – somehow the Cleveland Cavaliers found a way to bounce back. Not once, not twice, but winning three games in a row to eventually crown themselves NBA champions. Resiliency in the context of my everyday job carries similar meaning.

David Brose

Profits Over Safety: Automakers Still Selling Vehicles with Defective Takata Airbags

At issue is Takata’s use of a compound called ammonium nitrate that acts like a propellant to create a small explosion that inflates the airbags in a crash. The chemical propellant is housed in a metal canister designed to contain the explosion. But, ammonium nitrate can deteriorate and become unstable over time or when it is exposed to moisture in high heat and humidity, causing the propellant to burn too fast; blow apart the metal canister; and send shrapnel into the necks and faces of vehicle occupants.

Brett Emison

The Right to an Impartial Jury

  The right to jury trial is preserved by the 7th Amendment to the United States Constitution.  Here, in Missouri, the right to a jury trial is to “remain inviolate” (Art. 1, sec. 22(a)]. Our jury trial system is based […]

Brett Emison

Should a Victim Be Forced to Bailout the Defendant Who Hurt Her

I see injured people every day in my job.  I have clients who have experienced all manner of tragedy – from sprains and bruises to broken bones, paralysis, burns, and death.  And despite their injuries – and their innocence – […]

Brett Emison

Isn’t it time to increase mandatory car insurance limits?

I wrote last week about Uber’s insurance gap.  The scariest part of that gap is Uber’s minimal coverage when the driver is “on duty”, but has not yet accepted a trip.  While on a trip, the driver is provided $1 […]

Brett Emison

Uber’s Insurance Gap

I use Uber.  I like Uber.  Because I use and like Uber, I was concerned that the person driving me might not be properly insured should something unfortunate befall us on the ride.  As it turns out, it appears that Uber […]

Brett Emison

Tesla’s Autopilot: What Happens When Things Go Wrong?

Tesla’s autopilot feature is, by all accounts, a very cool feature.  According to the company: Autopilot allows Model S to steer within a lane, change lanes with the simple tap of a turn signal, and manage speed by using active, […]

Brett Emison

A Legacy

The Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation’s Legacy award is presented to an individual who, by extraordinary effort, demonstrates a unique dedication to the principles of liberty and justice by virtue of professional service, community service, exercise of civic responsibility, and […]