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The Conflict Between Missouri’s Spoliation Doctrine and the Rule on Subsequent Remedial Measures

Despite its difficulty in application, the evidentiary spoliation doctrine—not to be confused with the independent tort of spoliation—is a fairly common sense doctrine at heart. Boiled down to its most basic terms the spoliation doctrine prevents part [...]

PS Wins Motion on Statutory Co-Employee Immunity Under 287.010

Pitzer Snodgrass recently obtained a dismissal of a case involving statutory co-employee claims, with the Court finding there was no duty owed. Plaintiff’s cause of action arose from an incident that occurred in 2010, while he was working at a trucking [...]

Social Media and Electronic Devices in the Courtroom – A Clash of New and Old

Virtually everyone has an iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or some other electronic device. Most, if not all, of these devices have the capability to snap photographs, upload messages, create a blog, and post a multitude of items on the World Wide Web.  Whether [...]

Local Fire Protection District Prevails on Summary Judgment

The Monarch Fire Protection District (“The District”), and two members of its Board of Directors (“Directors”), recently prevailed on a Motion for Summary Judgment prepared and filed by Pitzer Snodgrass. District Court Judge Rodney W.  Sippel, is [...]

Proper Service of Process Over a Foreign Insurance Company in Missouri Through the Department of Insurance

Valid service of process is a prerequisite to personal jurisdiction, and failure to comply with legal requirements of process deprives the court of authority to adjudicate.  When a court enters a judgment when no valid personal jurisdiction has been obta [...]

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