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St. Louis Rams LLC v. Director of Revenue  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: SC95910

Justia Opinion Summary: The Administrative Hearing Commission erred in finding that the St. Louis Rams did not have to pay sales tax on the entertainment license tax (ELT) they included and collected from ticket purchasers as the amount paid fo...

Thomas v. Mercy Hospitals East Communities  
Date: August 1, 2017
Docket Number: SC96034

Justia Opinion Summary: The trial court did not abuse its discretion by allowing prospective juror 24 to serve on the jury in this medical negligence case. Following a jury trial, the trial court entered judgment in favor of defendant hospita...

Nevils v. Group Health Plan, Inc.  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC93134

Justia Opinion Summary: Nevils was a federal employee insured through a plan governed by the Federal Employee Health Benefits Act (FEHBA) when she was injured in an automobile accident. Coventry paid her medical expenses and asserted a subrogat...

Carr v. Wallace  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC93487

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1983, Carr was convicted capital murder for killing his brother, stepmother, and stepsister when he was 16 years old. He was sentenced to three concurrent terms of life in prison without the possibility of parole for...

State v. Sanders  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC94865

Justia Opinion Summary: Sanders was convicted of murder in the second degree and is serving a sentence of life imprisonment for the murder of Sherilyn Hill (RSMo section 565.021.1). Consistent with the indictment, the trial court instructed th...

State v. Jensen  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC95280

Justia Opinion Summary: Jorgensen knocked Stout unconscious. Jorgensen and Jensen beat Stout with their fists and baseball bats and stomped on his head, chest, and midsection, then dragged him into the woods and left him for dead. The next day,...

Willbanks v. Missouri Department of Corrections  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC95395

Justia Opinion Summary: Willbanks was 17 years old when he was charged with kidnapping, first-degree assault, two counts of first-degree robbery, and three counts of armed criminal action, based on a carjacking. He was convicted and sentenced t...

State v. Brown  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC95430

Justia Opinion Summary: Brown went to Whitehead’s apartment and requested that Whitehead come outside. Whitehead recognized Brown and followed him downstairs. As they reached an exterior door, Brown pointed a gun at Whitehead and fired. Whiteh...

State v. Smith  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC95461

Justia Opinion Summary: Smith was arrested after a string of break-ins at Sedalia businesses and was charged with one count of first-degree burglary, four counts of second-degree burglary, four counts of felony stealing, and one count of proper...

State v. Nathan  
Date: July 11, 2017
Docket Number: SC95473

Justia Opinion Summary: In connection with a home-invasion robbery and murder, Nathan, 16 years old, was convicted on 26 counts. Pursuant to RSMo 565.020.2, the court sentenced Nathan to life in prison without the possibility of parole plus fiv...

Bishop & Associates, LLC v. Ameren Corp.  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC95658

Justia Opinion Summary: Bishop & Associates, LLC (B&A) filed an action against Ameren Corp. and others (collectively, Defendants) alleging wrongful discharge in violation of public policy and other claims after Ameren terminated its relationshi...

In re Care & Treatment of Kirk  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC95752

Justia Opinion Summary: Carl Kirk was committed to the custody of the Department of Mental Health under the Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA), Mo. Rev. Stat. 632.480 through 632.525. On appeal, the court of appeals transferred the case to th...

Johnson v. Auto Handling Corp.  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC95777

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Johnson brought a products liability case against Cottrell Inc. and Auto Handling Corp. At the conclusion of Johnson’s case the trial court directed a verdict in favor of Auto Handling on all of Johnson’s theories...

McKay v. State  
Date: June 27, 2017
Docket Number: SC95909

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of sale of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful possession of firearms. Defendant filed a motion for postconviction relief. The motion was premature because it was filed...

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