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Lawyers like words. They throw them around a lot, but in truth, words are central to our profession; they tell the story of a case, they light up the…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 15 Jun 2021

Are Jury Instructions "At-Will?" Not Under the Missouri Human Rights Act

Practically every employee handbook has one: a statement that the employee’s employment is at-will. Many times, employers require employees to sign…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 10 Jun 2021

Policyholders Cannot Prevail with Pollution Exclusion | Western District of Missouri Grants Motion to Dismiss in Favor of Insurer on Claims of Losses from the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Western District of Missouri’s recent ruling in Zwillo provides yet another basis for insurers to deny coverage due to alleged losses incurred…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 3 Jun 2021

Prejudgment Interest Has Hit Illinois

Governor Pritzker has signed into law SB72 (PA102-0006), which imposes a 6% prejudgment interest on personal injury and wrongful death actions…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 1 Jun 2021

COVID Liability Bill Heads to Governor's Desk

On May 14, less than one-half an hour before the 6:00 p.m. Constitutional deadline, the Missouri House passed a COVID liability bill that now heads…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 20 May 2021

An Inconvenient Forum? Move to Dismiss Before It's Too Late

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently reversed a District Court’s dismissal on forum non conveniens grounds, finding that the motion to…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 17 May 2021

Supreme Court of Missouri Affirms Jury Award of Punitive Damages Against Healthcare Provider

In March 2021, the Supreme Court of Missouri, in Rhoden v. Mo. Delta Med. Ctr., affirmed a jury award of $300,000 in punitive damages against a…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 5 May 2021

Kansas and Missouri Federal Courts Raise the Stakes on Employers' Tip Pooling Practices

In separate cases, the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Kansas and the Western District of Missouri recently certified classes under the…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 30 Apr 2021

Does an Arbitration Clause Have to Provide for Equivalent Rights and Remedies to Both Sides, in Order to Be Enforceable?

The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Southern District recently reversed a Circuit Court decision that denied a corporate defendant’s motion to…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 27 Apr 2021

OK, Boomer…Does Your Employee Have an Age Discrimination Claim?

We’ve all heard it (and in my case, I am publishing it - sorry, HR!): OK, Boomer. This phrase has risen in popularity over the years as a way of…
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Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC | USA | 22 Apr 2021

Kansas Merchants May Soon Impose Surcharges on Credit Card Transactions

For the past 35 years, merchants in Kansas have been prohibited from charging a surcharge to customers on purchases made by credit card. With a…
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