News and Events
Missouri Supreme Court clarifies rules for post-judgment interest in tort and nontort cases: Dennis v. Riezman Berger, P.C., SC96038 (Mo. Sept. 26, 2017)
October 4, 2017
Thomas Dennis and Sonya Cherry (“the plaintiffs”) sued Mercy Hospital Jefferson and its collection law firm. The plaintiffs alleged, among other claims, that the hospital improperly and fraudulently attempted to collect post-judgment interest on judgments the hospital secured against each of the plaintiffs for breach of contract. The underlying breach-of-contract judgments did not expressly award …read more
Missouri Supreme Court Holds that Improper Venue and Joinder Are Not Grounds for Reversal Without a Showing of Specific Events or Actions That Constitute Prejudice.
September 21, 2017
The Missouri Supreme Court handed down its opinion in Barron, et al., and Schmidt v. Abbott Laboratories, Inc., SC96151, on September 12, 2017. The case involved an appeal of a jury verdict in which the defendant claimed improper venue and joinder of claims. Maddison Schmidt, an out-of-state plaintiff, alleged that a drug manufactured by Abbott …read more
The Missouri Supreme Court Grants Review of Case involving the Applicability of Consumer Protection Laws to Regulated Entities
September 7, 2017
The Supreme Court granted transfer in Reed v. The Reilly Company, LLC, SC96499, on August 22, 2017. The case is not yet scheduled for argument. After an insurance company terminated a salesperson who worked on commission, the salesperson sought declaratory judgment, injunctive relief, and damages for fraudulent misrepresentation, concealment, and violations of the Missouri Merchandising …read more
Missouri Supreme Court to Hear Venue Case Involving Out of State Tort Defendant
September 7, 2017
The Supreme Court issued a preliminary writ on August 22, 2017 in State ex rel. Valley Hope Association v. Youngs, SC96356. The case has not yet been scheduled for argument. The case is expected to clarify venue rules in tort cases involving an out-of-state defendant with a registered agent in Missouri. The plaintiff, Robert Cox …read more
Kristen Shively Johnson joins CVDL
September 1, 2017
CVDL proudly welcomes Kristen Shively Johnson to the firm. Kristen graduated with honors from the University of Missouri School of Law in 2015. She then served a 2 year clerkship at the Missouri Supreme Court for the Honorable Mary R. Russell. To learn more about Kristen, please visit her biography page.
New employment law to take effect August 28, 2017
August 18, 2017
A new Missouri law that affects employment discrimination and whistleblowing claims will take effect on August 28, 2017. This law will change the standard for discrimination claims, as well as change the amount of damages available and who may be sued. The law also addresses whistleblower claims. Employers should consider updating their workplace policies and …read more
CVDL Defends University’s Employment Termination Process
June 23, 2017
CVDL’s Dale Doerhoff and Shelly Kintzel successfully defended a lawsuit alleging that a university’s termination process did not comply with Missouri law and due process requirements. CVDL obtained judgment in its client’s favor and affirmance on appeal. To learn more about our litigation expertise, please click here.
CVDL Consumer Class Action Certified
April 25, 2017
CVDL’s Kari Schulte prevailed in the Western District Court of Appeals in a class action challenging the unlawful practice of law by a document preparation company. The appellate court agreed with Ms. Schulte’s arguments and instructed the trial court to allow the class action to proceed. Schulte will represent 1,700 businesses. To learn more about …read more
CVDL Protects a State Governmental Agency’s Authority
March 7, 2017
CVDL’s Heidi Doerhoff Vollet successfully assisted a Missouri executive department in fending off a constitutional challenge to the department’s authority. Ms. Vollet served as lead trial and appellate counsel for the executive agency. For more information about CVDL’s governmental practice, please click here.