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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...

In re Interest of J.P.B.  
Date: January 5, 2017
Docket Number: SC95602

Justia Opinion Summary: A juvenile officer filed a petition to terminate the parental rights of Father, who was in prison, and Mother. After a trial, the circuit court entered a judgment terminating both parents’ parental rights. The court foun...

In re Honorable Christina Kunza Mennemeyer  
Date: January 3, 2017
Docket Number: SC95938

Justia Opinion Summary: The director of the Missouri State Public Defender System filed a complaint against the Honorable Christina Kunza Mennemeyer (Respondent), alleging, inter alia, a judicial practice of deliberately postponing the appointm...

Allen v. Bryers  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC95358

Justia Opinion Summary: Franklin Allen obtained a $16 million personal injury award against Wayne Bryers after Bryers’ handgun discharged, seriously injuring Allen. Thereafter, Allan filed a Mo. R. Civ. P. 90 garnishment action seeking proceeds...

Carpenter v. State  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC95482

Justia Opinion Summary: The State Board of Nursing entered a disciplinary order imposing discipline on the nursing license of Karen Carpenter, including a three-year probationary period with numerous conditions and restrictions. The circuit cou...

State v. Ransburg  
Date: December 20, 2016
Docket Number: SC95629

Justia Opinion Summary: In a court-tried case, Defendant was found guilty of second-degree assault and armed criminal action. Defendant appealed, arguing, inter alia, that the circuit court erred in overruling his motion for judgment of acquitt...

Lopez-Matias v. State  
Date: December 8, 2016
Docket Number: SC95946

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested and charged with possessing and attempting to use as genuine a forged social security card. Defendant was being held without bail, as provided in his arrest warrant. Counsel for Defendant subsequen...

State v. Holman  
Date: December 6, 2016
Docket Number: SC95613

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action. Prior to trial, Defendant filed a motion to suppress statements he made to police after being read his Miranda rights. The trial court sustained t...

State ex rel. Malashock v. Honorable Michael T. Jamison  
Date: November 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC95606

Justia Opinion Summary: When Plaintiff’s utility terrain vehicle (UTV) overturned the roof of the UTV failed and caused Plaintiff injuries. Plaintiff sued Chesterfield Valley Sports, Inc. (Defendant). Prior to trial, Plaintiff designated Herber...

McNeal v. State  
Date: November 1, 2016
Docket Number: SC95666

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of second-degree burglary and stealing. The convictions were affirmed on direct appeal. Thereafter, Defendant filed a petition for post-conviction relief, arguing that his coun...

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