Supreme Court of Missouri Decisions 2020

State ex rel. Jonas v. Minor  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SC97674

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court granted Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Petitioner should have been discharged from probation before the State attempted to revoke probation and the circuit court suspend...

State v. Brandolese  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SC97697

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court convicting Defendant of second-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action, holding that none of Defendant's allegations of error entitled Defendant to r...

State ex rel. Universal Credit Acceptance, Inc. v. Honorable Reno  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SC97872

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court made permanent its preliminary writ of mandamus compelling the circuit court to transfer the underlying lawsuit to St. Charles County, holding that the circuit court had no authority to change venue and...

Laughlin v. Perry  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SC98012

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court affirming a jury's verdict in favor of Respondent on his legal malpractice claim, holding that public defenders are entitled to official immunity. Appellants...

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis Region v. Department of Social Services, Division of Medical Services  
Date: June 30, 2020
Docket Number: SC98020

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court declaring section 11.800 of House Bill No. 2011 (HB2011) invalid, holding that there was a direct conflict between the language of Mo. Rev. Stat. 208.153.2 and...

Missouri State Conference of National Association for Advancement of Colored People v. State  
Date: June 23, 2020
Docket Number: SC98536

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Petitioners' petition for declaratory judgment and injunctive relief with respect to Missouri's absentee voting statute...

In re Trenton Farms RE, LLC Permit No. MOGS10520  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SC97695

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the clean water commission approving Trenton Farms' permit to establish a twin concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO), holding that House Bill No. 1713 (HB 1713) does not...

Sofia v. Dodson  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SC97854

Justia Opinion Summary: In this wrongful death action, the Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of Mercy Hospital Joplin due to the expiration of the statute of limitations, holding that the c...

In re D.E.G.  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SC97869

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court retransferred this case to the court of appeals after the juvenile division dismissed a juvenile petition and transferred jurisdiction over D.E.G., a juvenile, to a court of general jurisdiction, holdin...

Dreyer Electric Co., LLC v. Director of Revenue  
Date: June 16, 2020
Docket Number: SC98007

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC) that certain equipment purchased by Dreyer Electric Co. was exempt from sales tax because it was "replacement equipment" "used direct...

Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc. v. Director of Revenue  
Date: June 2, 2020
Docket Number: SC97730

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC) holding that The Kansas City Chiefs Football Club, Inc. (the team) was the "purchaser" of certain items used in the renovation of Arr...

State ex rel. LG Chem, Ltd. v. Honorable McLaughlin  
Date: June 2, 2020
Docket Number: SC97991

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court made permanent a preliminary writ sought by LG Chem, Ltd. to prohibit the circuit court from enforcing its over overruling LG Chem's motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction, holding that due...

Wilson v. City of Kansas City  
Date: May 12, 2020
Docket Number: SC97712

Justia Opinion Summary: In this disability discrimination action, the Supreme Court reversed the award of litigation expenses but affirmed in all other respects the circuit court's judgment in favor of Plaintiff, holding that no statute allows...

Robinson v. Langenbach  
Date: May 12, 2020
Docket Number: SC97940

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court on a jury verdict for Plaintiff on her claim that, as directors of the closely held Perma-Jack Company, Defendants breached their fiduciary duty to Plaintiff a...

Kappel v. Prater  
Date: May 12, 2020
Docket Number: SC98010

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court finding that Fredric Prater was liable for $20,000 in damages after a car accident with Denise Kappel, holding that the circuit court did not abuse its discret...

Lemasters v. State  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC97878

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the motion court overruling Appellant's pro se Rule 29.15 postconviction motion seeking to vacate his felony statutory sodomy conviction under Mo. Rev. Stat. 566.062, holding tha...

Hamilton v. State  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC97881

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court overruling Appellant's Rule 24.035 motion for postconviction relief from the sentences imposed on her for class C felony stealing under Mo. Rev. Stat. 570.030,...

State v. Russell  
Date: April 28, 2020
Docket Number: SC97916

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court sentencing Appellant for class C felony stealing under Mo. Rev. Stat. 570.030 because State v. Bazell, 497 S.W.3d 263 (Mo. banc 2016), held that stealing in vi...

State ex rel. Barton v. Stange  
Date: April 27, 2020
Docket Number: SC98343

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Petitioner's claims of actual innocence did not entitle him to relief and that Petitioner neither demonstrated the "substantial thr...

McFadden v. State  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC97737

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court judgment overruling Defendant's Mo. Rev. Stat. 29.15 motion for postconviction relief from his death sentence for first degree murder, holding that the circuit...

In re Care & Treatment of D.N.  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC98077

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court committing Appellant to the department of mental health (DMH) as a sexually violent predator (SVP), holding that the circuit court did not err. In 2005, Appel...

Schoen v. Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC98168

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission denying Employee's workers' compensation benefits on the grounds that she failed to prove her work injury was the prevailing or pri...

State v. Barnett  
Date: April 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC98268

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court sentencing Defendant to two terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, holding that Mo. Rev. Stat. 565.020 is constitutional as applied to D...

Newton v. Mercy Clinic East Communities  
Date: March 31, 2020
Docket Number: SC97687

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of Defendants and dismissing Plaintiffs' medical malpractice action, holding that the uncontested facts showed that Plaintif...

Karney v. Department of Labor & Industrial Relations  
Date: March 31, 2020
Docket Number: SC97833

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court to the extent it enjoined the State from prohibiting unobtrusive picketing about matters of public concern in negotiations for a new labor agreement with the C...

State ex rel. Koehler v. Honorable Midkiff  
Date: March 31, 2020
Docket Number: SC98308

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court issued a permanent writ of prohibition ordering the circuit court to vacate its order sustaining Father's amended motion for temporary custody of his minor child and awarding Father temporary custody of...

State v. Waters  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SC97910

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed Appellant's appeal challenging his convictions for first-degree statutory sodomy and attempted first-degree statutory sodomy, holding that, because two counts as to which the jury could not re...

DI Supply I, LLC v. Director of Revenue  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SC97932

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Administrative Hearing Commission determining that DI Supply I, LLC's room furnishing sales to the Drury Hotels were not exempt from sales tax under the resale exemption in...

Knopik v. Shelby Investments, LLC  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Number: SC97985

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court finding that the petition filed by a trust's sole beneficiary seeking removal of the trustee violated the trust's no-contest clause and in entering summary jud...

Annayeva v. SAB of the TSD of the City of St. Louis  
Date: March 17, 2020
Docket Numbers: SC98122, SC98124

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission denying Appellant's claim for workers' compensation benefits for injuries she suffered when she fell while entering her workplace,...

Hegger v. Valley Farm Dairy Co.  
Date: February 18, 2020
Docket Number: SC97993

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the labor and industrial relations commission denying Claimants' claim for enhanced mesothelioma benefits under Mo. Rev. Stat. 287.200.4(3)(a), holding that because the deceased...

Mitchell v. Phillips  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: SC97631

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court sustaining the chairman of the Missouri board of probation and parole's motion to dismiss Appellant's petition for declaratory judgment in which he sought a de...

Woods v. Missouri Department of Corrections  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: SC97633

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court sustaining Respondent's motion for judgment on the pleadings and granting Respondent a hearing on his single-count petition for declaratory judgment claiming h...

Missouri Coalition for Environment v. State  
Date: February 4, 2020
Docket Number: SC97913

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of the State on the petition for declaratory and injunctive relief filed by Thomas Sager and the Missouri Coalition for the...

Theroff v. Dollar Tree Stores, Inc.  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC97235

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court overruling Dollar Tree's motion to compel arbitration and stay proceedings on a former employee's claim of disability discrimination, holding that the order was s...

Priorities USA v. State  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC97470

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court declaring the affidavit requirement of Mo. Rev. Stat. 115.427.2(1) and 115.427.3 unconstitutional and enjoining the State from requiring individuals who vote u...

Wilson v. City of St. Louis  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC97544

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed these appeals for lack of jurisdiction because neither appeal challenged a "final judgment" as that phrase is used in Mo. Rev. Stat. 512.020(5). The treasurer appealed from a declaratory orde...

Lin v. Ellis  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC97641

Justia Opinion Summary: In this suit alleging retaliation pursuant to section 213.070 of the Missouri Human Rights Act (MHRA) the Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the circuit court denying Washington University judgment notwithstanding th...

State ex rel. Kelly v. Inman  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC97744

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated Defendant's guilty by mental disease or defect (NGRI) plea that the circuit court accepted after finding Defendant lacked competence to continue with the criminal proceedings, holding that the c...

State v. Smith  
Date: January 14, 2020
Docket Number: SC97811

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction of felony possession of a controlled substance, holding that the circuit court did not err in admitting evidence obtained from Defendant's statements and a search of his...

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