Supreme Court of Missouri Decisions 2021

Allsberry v. Flynn  
Date: September 14, 2021
Docket Number: SC99257

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment declaring that the Honorable Patrick S. Flynn did not have authority, as the presiding judge of the 45th Judicial Circuit, to suspend Karla Allsberry, the circuit clerk of Lincoln...

State v. Bales  
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: SC98376

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of the circuit court sustaining Defendant's motion to suppress a cell phone and electronic data stored on that cell phone, holding that the circuit court did not err in sustaining the...

State ex rel. Johnson v. Blair  
Date: August 31, 2021
Docket Number: SC99176

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Defendant's petition for a writ of habeas corpus, holding that Defendant was eligible for the death penalty because he failed to prove that he was intellectually disabled, and Defendant was not e...

Olofson v. Olofson  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: SC98043

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the circuit court's judgment on the pleadings dismissing Wife's Rule 74.06(b) motion to set aside, for fraud, the judgment of dissolution of her marriage to Husband or, alternatively, the proper...

City of De Soto v. Parson  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: SC98891

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the circuit court granting summary judgment in favor of the Defendants and dismissing Plaintiffs' action seeking a declaratory judgment that Mo. Rev. Stat. 321.320 is an unconsti...

Ordinola Velazquez v. University Physician Associates  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: SC98977

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's reduction of a damages award in favor of Appellant in a medical negligence case against University Physician Associates (UPA) and various physicians (collectively, the Physi...

Doyle v. Tidball  
Date: July 22, 2021
Docket Number: SC99185

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the circuit court rejecting Plaintiffs' claims challenging the refusal by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide MO HealthNet coverage, h...

Gross v. Parson  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: SC98619

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the circuit court's judgment on the pleadings in favor of Governor Michael Parson and Michelle Hallford, the custodian of records for the governor's office (collectively, the Governor's Office)...

Staten v. State  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: SC98780

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the motion court overruling Appellant's Rule 24.035 amended motion seeking to set aside his guilty plea and vacate his judgment and sentence, holding that the motion court's fin...

Hefley v. State  
Date: June 29, 2021
Docket Number: SC98876

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the postconviction relief court overruling Appellant's Rule 24.035 motion for postconviction relief, holding that the mistaken belief held by Defendant regarding his sentencing,...

Holmes v. Steelman  
Date: June 15, 2021
Docket Number: SC97983

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Michael Holmes on his claim that the state legal expense fund (SLEF) was obligated to pay his 2016 judgment against two former officers of the St. L...

State ex rel. Helms v. Honorable Joseph Alfred Rathert  
Date: June 15, 2021
Docket Number: SC98711

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court made permanent a preliminary writ of prohibition it issued ordering the circuit court to take no other action in this wrongful death action other than to dismiss Sergeant Dirk Helms and Chief Joe Edward...

Arrowhead Lake Estates Homeowners Ass'n, Inc. v. Aggarwal  
Date: June 15, 2021
Docket Number: SC98772

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court declining to award Arrowhead Lake Estates Homeowners Association, Inc. attorney's fees after awarding Arrowhead Lake injunctive relief, holding that the circui...

Hootselle v. Missouri Department of Corrections  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: SC98252

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the judgment of the circuit court awarding a class of Missouri corrections officers $113 million plus post-judgment interest for breach of contract, holding that the...

Driskill v. State  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: SC98259

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court overruling Defendant's Rule 29.15 motion for postconviction relief, holding that the circuit court's findings of fact and conclusions of law were not clearly e...

Missouri National Education Ass'n v. Missouri Department of Labor & Industrial Relations  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: SC98412

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court finding the challenged provisions of House Bill No. 1413 violated multiple provisions of the Missouri Constitution and permanently enjoining its operation and...

Fowler v. Missouri Sheriffs' Retirement System  
Date: June 1, 2021
Docket Number: SC98484

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated and remanded the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Appellants' lawsuit against the Missouri Sheriffs' Retirement System (MSRS), holding that the statute authorizing a $3 surcharge violate...

City of Crestwood v. Affton Fire Protection District  
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: SC97653

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the circuit court granting judgment on the pleadings in favor of the Affton Fire Protection District, the governor, and the attorney general (collectively, Defendants) in this c...

Empire District Electric Co. v. Scorse  
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: SC98380

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the circuit court's judgment in favor of the Empire District Electric Company and Westar Generating, Inc. (collectively, the Utilities) in this petition to quiet title against John Scorse, both...

Treasurer of State as Custodian of the Second Injury Fund v. Parker  
Date: April 20, 2021
Docket Number: SC98704

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court vacated the Labor and Industrial Relations Commission awarding permanent total disability (PTD) benefits to Jonathan Parker under Mo. Rev. Stat. 287.220.2, holding that the Labor and Industrial Relation...

State ex rel. Beutler, Inc. v. Honorable Sandra C. Midkiff  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: SC98251

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court made permanent a preliminary writ of prohibition directing the circuit court to enter summary judgment in favor of Brian Henderson and Beutler, Inc., d/b/a George J. Shaw Construction Co. (Shaw), for in...

John Doe 122 v. Marianist Province of the United States  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: SC98307

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the grant of summary judgment in favor of the Marianist Provice of the United States and Chaminade College Preparatory, Inc. (together, Chaminade) and dismissing Pla...

Board of Commissioners of County of Franklin v. Twentieth Judicial Circuit  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: SC98442

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision and order of the Judicial Finance Commission (JFC) dismissing the Franklin County Commission's petition for review, holding that the JFC properly dismissed the petition as untimely...

Butala v. Curators of the University of Missouri  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: SC98517

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court retransferred this case to the court of appeals for consideration of the merits of Appellants' claims after the court of appeals dismissed the appeals for lack of jurisdiction, holding that the circuit...

State v. McCord  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: SC98546

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court finding Defendant guilty of residing within 1,000 feet of George Washington Carver Middle School, holding that the circuit court did not err in concluding that...

State ex rel. COUNTRY Mutual Insurance Co. v. Honorable Brian H. May  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: SC98650

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court issued a permanent writ in prohibition directing Respondent, the Honorable Brian H. May, to vacate his orders in the case entered after Insurer filed its application for change of judge and to sustain t...

Collison v. Director of Revenue  
Date: April 6, 2021
Docket Number: SC98743

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC) finding that David and Gale Collison were not entitled to a sales tax credit following their purchase of a vehicle to replace another...

Holmes v. Holmes  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: SC98673

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court dismissing Plaintiff's wrongful death lawsuit against Union Pacific Railroad Company under the Federal Employes' Liability Act, 45 U.S.C. 51, et seq. (FELA), h...

S.M.H v. Schmitt  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: SC98675

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held that Missouri's Legal Expense Fund had no obligation to satisfy a default judgment against Allen Merry, an employee of the St. Louis Public School District. S.M.H., a student in the Transitional S...

State v. Lehman  
Date: March 8, 2021
Docket Number: SC98844

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed Defendant's conviction for the class E felony of loitering within 500 feet of a public park, in violation of Mo. Rev. Stat. 566.150, holding that there was insufficient evidence to support the...

State v. Johnson  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: SC98303

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal of the dismissal of a motion for a new trial filed decades after a criminal conviction became final, holding that Appellant was dismissing an order dismissing a motion the circuit c...

Rhoden v. Winfield  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: SC98327

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the circuit court in favor of Plaintiffs on their claim that Missouri Delta Medical Center (MDMC) and two physicians it employed caused their father's death, holding that no err...

APLUX, LLC v. Director of Revenue  
Date: March 2, 2021
Docket Number: SC98409

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the decision of the administrative hearing commission (AHC) finding no use tax liability for APLUX LLC and Paul and Ann Lux Associates L.P. on the out-of-state purc...

Spire Missouri, Inc. v. Public Service Commission  
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: SC97834

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the amended report and order issued by the Public Service Commission (PSC) disallowing a portion of Spire Missouri, Inc.'s rate case expenses, including some of the...

Kansas City Power & Light v. Missouri Public Service Commission  
Date: February 9, 2021
Docket Number: SC98039

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the order of rulemaking issued by the Public Service Commission (PSC), holding that the order fell within the PSC's statutory authority and that the private entity fiscal note accompanying the...

In re: Eric F. Kayira, Respondent.
Date: January 12, 2021
Docket Number: SC98531
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