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Mercer v. State  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC95451

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of second-degree statutory rape and the class D felony of incest. Appellant’s convictions and sentences were affirmed. Appellant later filed a pro se motion for postconvicti...

In re Petition of Missouri-American Water Company for Approval to Change its Infrastructure System Replacement Surcharge  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC95713

Justia Opinion Summary: Missouri American Water Company (MAWC) filed a petition to charge an infrastructure system replacement surcharge to its St. Louis County customers. The Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the petition. The Office of...

Swadley v. Shelter Mutual Insurance Co.  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC95844

Justia Opinion Summary: Shelter Mutual Insurance Company issued the Swadley family a policy with underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. The policy’s declarations page listed “100,000 Per Person” as the UIM limit. After Angela Swadley was killed...

State v. Naylor  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC95847

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree burglary, misdemeanor stealing, and driving while revoked. Defendant appealed, arguing that there was insufficient evidence to support his conviction for first-...

In re A.L.R.  
Date: March 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC95939

Justia Opinion Summary: When Child was not yet one year old, Grandfather filed a petition to establish a guardianship and conservatorship jointly in two cousins, alleging that Mother was unable or unfit to assume the duties of guardianship. Aft...

Cooperative Home Care, Inc. v. City of St. Louis  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC95401

Justia Opinion Summary: St. Louis City’s Ordinance 70078 establishes a citywide local minimum wage. The trial court invalidated the Ordinance because it requires a higher minimum wage than the state requires in Mo. Rev. Stat. 290.502. In so rul...

DePriest v. State  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Numbers: SC95483, SC95484

Justia Opinion Summary: David DePriest and Natalie DePriest, brother and sister, were charged separately with offenses arising from their cultivation of marijuana plants. The DePriests were represented by the same counsel throughout their separ...

State ex rel. Norfolk Southern Railway Co. v. Hon. Colleen Dolan  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC95514

Justia Opinion Summary: Russel Parker, an Indiana resident, brought a personal injury action against Norfolk Southern Railway Company, a Virginia corporation, under the Federal Employer’s Liability Act, alleging cumulative trauma sustained duri...

Holm v. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc.  
Date: February 28, 2017
Docket Number: SC95755

Justia Opinion Summary: David and Crystal Holm filed a wrongful foreclosure action against Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Inc. for allegedly foreclosing on their home without right. The Holms also filed a quiet title action against Freddie Mac, whi...

State ex rel. Greitens v. American Tobacco Co.  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC95422

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1998, 52 U.S. states and territories entered into the Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) with tobacco manufacturers (PMs), which released the PMs from tobacco-related consumer protection and product liability lawsuits...

TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Director of Revenue  
Date: February 14, 2017
Docket Number: SC95785

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, TracFone Wireless, Inc. sought refunds of the difference between the sales tax it paid on its sales to Missouri residents and the use tax it believes it should have paid, arguing that it qualified for the “in co...

Harter v. Director of Revenue  
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: SC95532

Justia Opinion Summary: The Commission determined that Charles and Mary Harter improperly calculated their income eligibility for purposes of the Property Tax Credit (PTC), under sections 135.010 to 135.035 of RSMO Supp., and found that the ent...

State ex rel. Kendrick Tipler v. The Honorable Michael Gardner  
Date: January 31, 2017
Docket Number: SC95655

Justia Opinion Summary: The court quashed its preliminary writ of prohibition to consider relator's claim that the new rule of evidence set forth in the 2014 amendment to article I, section 18(c) of the Missouri Constitution could not be applie...

City of Kansas City v. Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: SC95368

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was a proposed ordinance establishing a minimum wage for Kansas City. The City of Kansas City filed an action seeking to have the trial court order the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners an...

State v. Twitty  
Date: January 17, 2017
Docket Number: SC95818

Justia Opinion Summary: After a court-tried criminal trial, Defendant was found guilty of possession of a chemical with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance. Defendant appealed, arguing that the State did not present sufficient evid...

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