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Why Missouri Law Prohibits Lawyers From Telling Juries That There’s Insurance To Pay Their Verdict

Missouri law actually prevents judges from telling juries that there is insurance involved in a lawsuit.  The general basis for this rule is because they don’t want jurors to exaggerate verdicts just because there’s insurance involved.  Jurors aren’t stupid, of course, and know that we’re all required to carry car insurance, and generally carry other […]

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United States Federal Government Issues $94 Million In Healthcare Grants To Treat Growing Problem Of Opioid Addiction

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has called the opioid epidemic one of the most pressing public health issues in the United States. To help counter that epidemic, the federal government is issuing $94 million in healthcare grants to 271 health centers throughout the country to assist those centers provide treatment to […]

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What Is A Whistleblower And What Protections Do They Have Against Employment Discrimination?

“Whistleblower” is a term used to describe someone who reports their employer (or someone else employed at their company) for improper or illegal practices. The behavior a whistleblower might report includes things like illegally dumping toxic chemicals, illegal discrimination in employment, illegally overcharging customers, Medicaid and Medicare fraud, and so on.

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A Basic Explanation For Construction Workers On The Missouri Prevailing Wage Law: How To Tell If Your Employer Is Illegally Underpaying You, And What To Do About It

Missouri, like many states and the federal government, has what’s known as a prevailing wage law. The basic idea is that when the government is paying for public works construction projects in Missouri (such as bridges, roads, and government buildings), it’s in everyone’s interest for the workers on that project to be paid well, because […]

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States Should Reform “Structured Settlement Funding” Company Regulations Because The Industry Routinely Takes Advantage Of Injury Victims Through Unfair Financial Transactions, Hiding Unfairness Through Complexity

Late-night television viewers are no doubt familiar with commercials for a financial company where someone leans out a window and screams “It’s My Money, And I Need It Now!”  The announcer then helpfully advises the viewer that if the viewer is owed a future payment stream from an annuity or insurance company, the financial company […]

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Shocking Emails From Major Airbag Manufacturer Prove Its Engineers Manipulated Data And Test Results

A trove of e-mails from Takata, a major airbag manufacturer whose products have been blamed for many deaths, were recently unsealed from court order. Those emails clearly show that the airbag manufacturer engaged in data manipulation relating to the consistency and quality of its airbags and their inflators.  Many lawsuits against Takata claim that its […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida Death Penalty Law Because It Deprives Citizens Of Right To A Jury Trial

One of the most fundamental constitutional rights belonging to citizens of the United States is the right to a jury trial. Both the United States Constitution and the Missouri Constitution guarantee the right to a jury trial to every citizen, regardless of whether the trial is for a criminal charge or a civil case.  (A […]

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Missouri Law On Punitive Damages

In Missouri, there are two general types of damages which a person filing a lawsuit can seek.  The first is called “compensatory” damages.  Compensatory damages, as its name implies, are designed to compensate the person for their actual losses.  Examples of compensatory damages include the cost of repairing a vehicle involved in a crash.  In […]

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Fearing Regulation, Financial Industry Group Begins TV Campaign To Convince Public That Government Wants to Make Loans Illegal

I’ve written before about how big financial institutions are doing everything they can to attack the newly created government agency designed to protect consumers, called the “Consumer Financial Protection Bureau” or “CFPB.”  My earlier article can be read here.   In a nutshell, these financial institutions fear that the agency will actually be effective at protecting […]

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Congress Should Pass The Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015

I’m happy to report that the Springfield News-Leader has published an Op-Ed piece I wrote  explaining  why it’s unfair to permit forced arbitrations in employment situations.  That editorial can be found on the newspaper’s website here,  but  here’s the full text of what I wrote: Congress should pass The Arbitration Fairness Act of 2015 Robert […]