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Winter is Coming! It’s Time to Dig out the Immunity Under The Illinois Snow and Ice Removal Act

With the coming of winter Illinoisans are once again getting their snow shovels and ice melt ready to remove the white stuff from their residential driveways and sidewalks.  The question is, what is a residential property owners’ duty to remove snow? [...]

Recent Personal Jurisdiction Decision in St. Louis City, Missouri Limits the Use of a Registered Agent to Establish Personal Jurisdiction

On October 28, 2016, Judge Robert Dierker issued an order in the case of Bristol v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1522-CC10413, denying Ford’s Motion to Dismiss Based upon Lack of Personal Jurisdiction. Ford argued that there was no personal jurisdiction in t [...]

Will Cancers From “Vaping” Be the Next Toxic Tort?

The new trend among smokers, those trying to quit, and even non-smokers, are electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes. These e-cigarettes are marketed as a same alternative to cigarettes, but are they really safe? If they are not safe, will diseases caused [...]

The Looming Attack on Damage Caps in Missouri Medical Malpractice Cases

The issue of damage caps is an area of ongoing litigation in Missouri.  A new case has just been handed down by the Missouri Supreme Court which provides some clarity on the issue of statutory damage caps on non-economic damages but fails to fully resolv [...]

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> ANNOUNCEMENTS AND ARTICLES

Robert Plunkert Recieves David J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award

Robert Plunkert was awarded the Davvid J. Dixon Appellate Advocacy Award by the Missouri Bar / Missouri Bar Foundation. The award acknowledges outstanding appellate advocacy work performed by young lawyers who are members of the Missouri Bar.

Ed Tjaden, US Army Veteran, Pursues Law Degree to Assist Other Veterans

Ed Tjaden, a law clerk with Pitzer Snodgrass, P.C., is a U.S. Army Veteran and a recipient of the Help a Hero Scholarship.  After serving in the U.S. Army for six years Ed decided to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer.  He applied for, and was awarde [...]

Eight Pitzer Snodgrass P.C. Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Missouri Super Lawyers

Each year, Super Lawyers rate outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  The selection process starts with peer nominations which are then validated by 3rd party rese [...]

Michael Hamlin Selected 2017 Missouri Lawyers Weekly, Influential Appellate Advocate

Principal Michael Hamlin was selected as a 2017 Influential Appellate Advocate.  The honor is part of the 2017 Missouri Lawyers Awards, which honor the top influencers in Missouri’s legal community.  Michael was selected based upon his role as defense [...]

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Phillip Bryant Receives Summary Judgement in Product Liability Case For Bosch Thermothechnology Corp

PS Partner: Phillip Bryant We Represented: Bosch Thermothechnology Corp Type of Case: Product Liability Venue: United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri Facts: Plaintiffs' lake house, located in Millionaire's Cove at [...]

Gary Snodgrass and Josh Breithaupt Obtain Summary Judgment for Their Client on Multi-Million Dollar Personal Injury Claim in the City of St. Louis

Joseph Moore and Christina Moore v. Huneke Engineering, Inc. et al., Cause No. 1422-CC08898, Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis   PS Partners: Gary Snodgrass and Josh Breithaupt We Represented: Huneke Engineering, Inc. Type of Case: Catast [...]

Don O’Keefe Successfully Defends Product Liability Arbitration Claim Against Winco

PS Partner: Don O'Keefe We Represented: Winco Type of Case: Product Liability Arbitration Claim Facts: This arbitration claim involved a construction project at Auburn University, known as the South Donahue Residence Hall Project (“Proje [...]

Gary Snodgrass and Josh Breithaupt Obtain Defense Verdict for Their Client on Million Dollar Wrongful Termination Claim after Three Week Jury Trial in St. Louis County.

  PS Partners: Gary Snodgrass and Josh Breithaupt We Represented: The Kilo Diabetes and Vascular Research Foundation Type of Case: Employment - Wrongful Discharge in Violation of Public Policy Venue: St. Louis County Circuit Court Fac [...]

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