News and Events

$25 million class settlement approved

November 20, 2018

A Missouri federal court has approved a $25 million class action settlement that compensates thousands of Missouri landowners for the unauthorized use of their property for commercial telecommunications.  This settlement concludes seven years of hard-fought litigation between the class and Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative and Sho-Me Technologies LLC.  CVDL served as co-counsel for the plaintiffs.   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court issues decision regarding jurisdiction of Missouri state courts over out-of-state corporations

November 20, 2018

On November 20, the Missouri Supreme Court issued its decision in State ex rel. PPG Industries, Inc. v. McShane, SC97006, finding that a publicly-available website is insufficient to give Missouri courts jurisdiction over an out-of-state corporation. The plaintiff was a general contractor whose contract required application of a product made by PPG, a Pennsylvania-based manufacturer.   …read more

Court of Appeals affirms dismissal of election challenge

September 19, 2018

On September 18, 2018, just hours after oral argument, the Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court’s dismissal of a lawsuit seeking to prevent voters from making a decision in November on Amendment 2, relating to medical marijuana. CVDL represented the campaign committee, New Approach, in the circuit court and on appeal. If adopted by   …read more

Kristen Johnson selected for Missouri Bar Leadership Academy

August 7, 2018

On August 6, 2018, Kristen Johnson was selected as one of 13 Missouri attorneys for the Missouri Bar’s 2018-2019 Leadership Academy. The Leadership Academy was founded in 2001.  The program’s mission is to recruit, train and retain recently admitted Missouri lawyers for leadership positions within The Missouri Bar. The academy is offered to Missouri lawyers   …read more

Court of appeals rules in favor of CVDL client in arbitration case

April 24, 2018

The Missouri Court of Appeals ruled on April 24, 2018 that our client can proceed in court on her claims of employment discrimination.  The employer had moved to compel arbitration in the case, saying that the employee had signed an arbitration agreement when she was hired.  The employee, who is blind, argued that she had   …read more

Missouri Supreme Court clarifies the limits of co-worker negligence liability for workplace injuries occurring between 2005 and 2012.

March 12, 2018

On March 6, 2018, the Missouri Supreme Court issued opinions in four companion cases dealing with co-worker liability for negligence personal injury claims occurring between 2005 and 2012, Conner v. Ogletree and Evans v. Wilson, Nos. SC95995 and SC95997 (consolidated), Fogerty v. Armstrong, No. SC96030, and McComb v. Norfus, No. SC96042.  During this time period,   …read more

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