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
Missouri Supreme Court to consider statute of limitations for reviving a judgment.
October 31, 2018
Unifund obtained a judgment against Mr. Abright, and began collecting the judgment through garnishment of Mr. Abright’s wages. In July 2017, after no payments had been received for almost 10 years, Unifund filed a motion to revive the judgment. The circuit court denied that motion on the grounds that it was untimely. Unifund appealed to …read more
Supreme Court to consider venue for a lawsuit challenging University’s administration of a trust.
October 31, 2018
Sherlock Hibbs’ will left $5 million to the University to be held in trust by the Curators and used only for certain designated purposes. Hillsdale College sued the Curators in St Louis County, alleging that the Curators were not complying with the trust’s terms. The only basis for bringing suit in St. Louis County is …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