News and Events

Missouri Supreme Court upholds $3.25 million verdict against employer where defense counsel’s trial and appellate arguments did not match.

February 16, 2018

On February 13, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court issued an opinion in Wieland v. Owner-Operator Services, Inc., No. SC 96210, that clarifies the differences between arguments that a jury instruction was not submissible versus an argument that a party’s claim was not submissible.  The case involved a suit by an employee who sued her employer   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court to consider cases involving whether the Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits workplace sexual orientation discrimination and public school transgender discrimination.

January 24, 2018

On January 23, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court granted transfer in two cases that are expected to address the scope of sex discrimination claims under the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA): Lampley et al. v. Mo. Comm’n on Human Rights and in R.M.A. v. Blue Springs R-IV School District, No. SC96683.  Lampley involves a state   …read more

Kari Schulte elected officer of Cole County Bar Association.

December 20, 2017

In early December, 2017, CVDL partner Kari A. Schulte was elected as an officer of the Cole County Bar Association.  Kari will serve as the association’s Secretary/Treasurer for 2018.  The Cole County Bar is a local bar of attorneys practicing in Cole County, Missouri.  It organizes continuing legal education courses, charitable events and provides a   …read more

CVDL attorneys teach litigation course for the MO Bar.

December 20, 2017

CVDL attorneys Tim Van Ronzelen and Kari Schulte recently taught “Representing Nursing Home Residents and their Families” at the request of the Missouri Bar.  The continuing legal education course was available to attorneys of the Missouri Bar and was well-attended.  Tim and Kari have represented a number of nursing home residents and their families in   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court to consider auto-owner insurance liability where accident-causing permissive driver fails to follow the owner’s rules or policies.

December 20, 2017

On December 19, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court accepted transfer in Griffitts vs. Old Republic Insurance Company, et al., Case No. SC96740, after an opinion by the Southern District in Case No. SD34753.  The case involves a plaintiff who was seriously injured after being struck by a railroad employee who had general permission to use   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court to consider consumer loan arbitration case.

December 20, 2017

On December 19, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court granted transfer in A-1 Premium Acceptance, Inc. v. Hunter. The case involves an arbitration clause in a consumer loan agreement which provides for a specific arbitrator who is no longer able to serve.  The trial court had found that this was an integral term of the contract   …read more

The Missouri Supreme Court to consider arbitrability of a workers’ compensation retaliatory discharge claim.

December 20, 2017

The Supreme Court issued a preliminary writ of mandamus in State ex rel. Chaparro v. Youngs, SC96779.  In the underlying suit, Ms. Chaparro sued U-Haul alleging that it discriminated against her for a perceived disability and retaliated against her for exercising her workers’ compensation rights in violation of § 287.780.  U-Haul moved to compel arbitration of   …read more

CVDL helps school district obtain wrongfully withheld state aid.

December 7, 2017

On November 6, 2017, the Circuit Court of Cole County issued a writ of mandamus ordering the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to pay more than $1.1 million in state aid owed to a St. Louis County school district, plus prejudgment interest of more than $100,000.  CVDL’s Heidi Doerhoff Vollet was the   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court to consider the Department of Conservation’s authority to regulate the captive deer industry.

October 19, 2017

On October 10, 2017, the Court of Appeals, Eastern District transferred Hill v. Missouri Department of Conservation, ED105042, to the Missouri Supreme Court. The case involves a challenge to regulations the Department enacted to manage the threat of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), a fatal, easily transmittable disease affecting deer and other animals in the same   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court reverses a jury verdict in a consumer class action case challenging a “luxury” vehicle representation.

October 19, 2017

In Hurst v. Nissan North America, Inc., SC95707 (Mo. Oct. 5, 2017), a  plaintiff class sued Nissan, alleging that it made numerous misrepresentations about its Infinity FX vehicles in violation of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act (MMPA).  Plaintiffs argued that Nissan affirmatively misrepresented that the vehicles were “premium” or “luxury” cars because the dashboards were   …read more