Civil Trials

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    January 31, 2014

    Lawsuit Alleges Reverend Sexually Harassed Female Minister In St. Louis AME Church

    A former African Methodist Episcopal Church minister was hit with a lawsuit Wednesday over allegations of sexual harassment. Filed in St. Louis Circuit Court, the suit alleges that Reverend Frederick McCullough brazenly harassed -- and nearly raped -- an associate female minister during the two y ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013

    Arcelia's Mexicana Restaurant Closes Amid Family Feud, Lawsuits

    Arcelia's Mexicana (1928 South 12th Street) is closed. The decision was announced on October 21 via Facebook, and comes in the midst of a legal fight between Marta Ramirez and Anna Tripp, both daughters of the Arcelia who opened the original Soulard mainstay back in 1990. Ramirez tells Gut Check th ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Archbishop Robert Carlson Seeks to Dismiss Sex Abuse Lawsuit, Argues Archdiocese Isn't Liable

    Last month, a Lincoln county family filed a lawsuit against St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson alleging that he tried to cover up a sex abuse case involving a local priest and even attempted to tamper with incriminating evidence. The priest in question is Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang who reportedl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Belleville Karate Studio Faces Lawsuit Over Sex Abuse, Child Porn Charges Against Instructor

    Christopher Horton, a twenty-year-old former karate instructor at the Three Tigers Martial Arts studio in Belleville, Illinois, is accused of sexually abusing multiple young boys over a period of nine months -- and repeatedly filming the abuse. Now, one of the victims' families is suing Horton, hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2013

    Schnucks Credit Card Lawsuit: Could Company Owe Millions of Dollars To Affected Customers?

    In the wake of a massive security breach that left millions of credit cards vulnerable, Schnucks is now facing multiple lawsuits in Missouri and Illinois from customers and lawyers who say the company should have alerted shoppers sooner -- and should never have let this happened in the first place. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2013

    Salem Library Told to Stop Wiccan Censorship: "We Are Pleased This Matter is Behind Us"

    Public library officials in Salem are pleased with a court order against them this week that says they cannot block Wiccan and Native American websites -- after the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri accused them of refusing to allow a patron to conduct online research on certain rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    YMCA St. Louis Lawsuit: Two Men Sue Over Alleged Swimming Instructor Molestation

    This week, two men have filed a lawsuit against the YMCA of Greater St. Louis -- more than twenty years after a swimming instructor allegedly molested them when they were just middle school age. The petition, on full view below, says that both plaintiffs want to ensure this abuse does not happen t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Judge Upholds Ellisville's Red Light Cameras

    St. Louis Circuit Court Judge Thea Sherry is the latest Missouri magistrate to rule in favor of the constitutionality of red light cameras. Judge Sherry dismissed a class-action lawsuit October 30 that challenged Ellisville's ordinance allowing for the controversial cameras. Her ruling marks the fif ... More >>

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    October 11, 2012

    Couple Sues Doctors For Decapitating Their Baby During Labor

    Hey, buddy. How are you? Havin' a bad day? Well, if so, you may want to mosey on down the internet trail and skip this post. Because this is the worst story we've heard in a really, really, really long time. Here's what happened to a young St. Louis couple and their unborn baby, according to a law ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Have You Illegally Downloaded the Porno "Total Black Invasion 2"? Beware this Lawsuit!

    Yesterday, in our esteemed federal court, the Southern California-based company, West Coast Productions -- "Your Premier Source for Interracial Porn!" -- filed suit against 71 unnamed people living in eastern Missouri. The accusation? That they infringed copyright by downloading "Total Black Invasio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    Kansas City's Red Light Cameras Survive Class-Action Lawsuit

    Last year the St. Louis-based Simon Law Firm filed six class-action lawsuits challenging the legality and constitutionality of red light cameras in Missouri. To date, the Simon lawyers are 0-3 in their quest to banish the cameras in a half-dozen municipalities. The latest defeat occurred last week w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Billy Little: Pastor and Pyschologist Accused of Dusty Sex Scandal

    A retired Baptist minister and licensed psychologist who, according to his biography, once hosted a counseling program on KMOX and worked as a sports psychologist for the baseball Cardinals, stands accused today of taking advantage of a female patient. And the plaintiffs and their attorney believe m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Creve Coeur's Red-Light Cameras Win Another Legal Battle

    ​A St. Louis County judge this week upheld Creve Coeur's red-light camera system, dismissing a class-action suit challenging the legality of the cameras. Attorneys Ryan Keane and John Campbell with the Simon Law Firm filed the suit last year on behalf of four people who'd received tickets from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Club-Goers Sue Blackmon's for Last Year's Infamous Ruckus

    Five plaintiffs have filed suit against an East St. Louis nightclub after claiming to have suffered injuries during a no-holds-barred melee made infamous last April after video footage emerged and circulated across YouTube. The fracas, which lasted several minutes, included pistol whippings, body sl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Lawsuit Filed Over Brawl at Blackmon's Webbie Concert

    ​Five plaintiffs have filed suit against an East St. Louis nightclub after claiming to have suffered injuries during a no-holds-barred melee made infamous last April after video footage emerged and circulated across YouTube. The fracas, which lasted several minutes, included pistol whippings, body ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2011

    Post-Dispatch Subject of New Lawsuit

    Retirees of the cash-strapped Post-Dispatch say they were misled about health benefits​A dozen former employees of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are suing the local daily for fraudulent inducement and negligent misrepresentation, claiming that the paper's top brass pulled out of a 2007 agreement ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    St. Louis Production Crew StarStrukk Sues Andy Samberg; The Lonely Island

    Phenomenal Multimedia​Saturday Night Live star Andy Samberg and his Lonely Island group are at the center of a copyright and royalty lawsuit filed by the St. Louis-based production group StarStrukk.The lawsuit filed in federal court in New York by Aleric "Rick Tha Ruler" Banks and Monique Hine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    Cigarette Mistrial Boiled Down to Smokers v. Nonsmokers on Jury

    Smokers in the jury stood apart from the non-smoking colleagues.​A lawsuit that finally went to trial last month after wending its way though court for 11 years ended yesterday in a mistrial when the jury failed to deliver a verdict. The class-action lawsuit accused tobacco giant Phillip Morris of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Plastic Surgeon Posted Nude Pics Online, Patients Claim in Lawsuits

    If this was your body, would you feel violated?​Five women who hired St. Louis physician Dr. Michele Koo to perform plastic surgery on them say they got a nasty surprise -- pictures of their naked torsos were posted on Dr. Koo's website.And that's not all. The pictures came up in an Internet searc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2011

    Facebook Seeks to Dismiss Illinois Class-Action; Mothers Claim Children Exploited

    ​Facebook has asked a federal judge in southern Illinois to dismiss a class-action lawsuit filed in June on behalf of two Granite City moms. The suit filed on behalf of the children of Melissa Dawes and Jennifer DeYoung alleges that Facebook inappropriately uses its "like" feature to monitor the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Apple Inc. Sued by Missourians for Tracking iPhone Users' Whereabouts

    It knows where you are! And other people can use it to find out. ​Next time you get black-out wasted on Goldschlager and wake up behind a strip mall, you might have no idea where you are. But your iPhone does. In fact, it's been tracking -- and recording -- your spatial location since the moment y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Man Sues Bar After Getting Nailed in Face by Underage Boozer

    Is this the man who hit a Belleville man in the face with a bottle of vodka?​An underage guy walks into a bar. He somehow gets his hands on a bottle of vodka and takes a few swills. Eventually, he gets a little tipsy. In an uncontrolled moment of gesticulation, he swings his arm around wildly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    $60 Million A.G. Edwards Settlement Gets Appeals Court OK

    It's $21 million for the lawyers who steered a lawsuit against A.G. Edwards, alleging unjust enrichment.​A $60 million class-action settlement agreement between A.G. Edwards and a group of account holders who accused the company of a conflict of interest and unjust enrichment has been permitted to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    American Red Cross Faces Lawsuit Over Race Discrimination

    A lawsuit alleges that a local chapter of the American Red Cross discriminated against an Illinois woman.​A  telerecruiter at the American Red Cross has filed a lawsuit alleging racial, sexual and age-related discrimination after being fired last December.Rosalind Clayton, a 48-year-old black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Missouri Families Win Lawsuit vs. Neighbors: 200,000 Hogs, Tons of Fly-Covered Pig Poop

    Who wouldn't want a few hundred thousand of these as neighbors? ​A corporate hog producer was ordered Friday to pay a total of $1.95 million to twelve families in southwestern Missouri who complained that odors and flies from the company's pig farm ruined their properties and way of life.According ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Taxicab Commission Sued Over Lambert Fees

    Two St. Louis cabbies say they've been unfairly assessed $1 each time they leave Lambert.​A pair of cabbies has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, arguing that the $1 fee they're required to pay for each trip through Lambert St. Louis International Airport constitutes an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Black Sheriff Deputies Once Again Dicked Over by the Man

    troycardona.comTroy Cardona administers a little Jeff-Co street justice in the STL.​A Jefferson County judge yesterday drastically reduced the damages that two black St. Louis sheriff deputies won in a September trial alleging racial discrimination. Saying the $350,000 in punitive damages awarded ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Darryl Burton: Wrongfully Convicted Ex-Prisoner Sues St. Louis, Police Board

    Photo: Jennifer SilverbergDarryl Burton photographed last year.​Updated 4:06 p.m. with comments from Burton's attorney.Darryl Burton served 24 years in prison for a St. Louis murder he didn't commit. In 2008, Cole County Judge Richard Callahan (now the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Missouri) released ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    PartyLite Smackdown: So-Called Barbecue Leads to $2 Million Lawsuit

    ​If you thought Tupperware-style direct sales parties were all fun and games, guess again. A lawsuit filed in federal court this week argues that a St. Louis woman should pay $2 million for damages incurred by a barbecue she held in her home -- claiming she invited colleagues from one direct- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Jive & Wail in Maplewood Sued for Copyright Infringement by BMI​Performance-rights giant BMI and several other copyright-owners have sued the Maplewood outpost of the Jive & Wail for copyright infringement In documents filed yesterday in U.S. District Court, multiple plaintiffs accused the Jive & Wail piano bar in Maplewood of nineteen in ... More >>

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    June 21, 2010

    Class-Action Suit Calls YTB a Pyramid Scheme

    ​A class-action lawsuit first filed in federal court in Illinois has been re-filed in Madison County accusing the Wood River-based YTB of being a "pyramid scheme." The lawsuit follows years of allegations that YTB -- which sells home-based travel companies -- operates as a Ponzi scheme. In 2009, t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2010

    Mother Sues Soulard Haunted House; Claims Daughter Poisoned By Artificial Fog

    Thrill seekers gather outside The Darkness in October 2008.​A fifteen-year-old from Belleville got the fright of her life last Halloween at the popular Soulard haunted house, The Darkness. Only the scare didn't come from the advanced animatronics and dozens of costumed goons that have made the St. ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010
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    December 8, 2009

    Dog's Bark Prompts Officer's Bite: Suit Claims Cop Aimed for Canine, Shot Woman Instead

    Officer Donald Williams Knotts​Poor, poor Linda Hicks of Washington Park, Illinois. She was only trying to do the right thing last year when she called the police to remove her disruptive son from her home. In a lawsuit filed in St. Clair County, Hicks alleges that Washington Park police officer D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    Trial Alleging Business Fraud Should Be Lively, Even If Much is Off Limits Brian Marchant-CalsynAn interesting civil trial gets under way today in St. Louis County Court. Gary Schwarz, a New Jersey resident, is suing Town & Country business Health Career Agents Inc., alleging that its owner, Brian Marchant-Calsyn, fraudently withheld infor ... More >>

  • News

    October 10, 2007

    Law and Anarchy

    St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa and his officers may stand trial for violating the civil rights of anarchists in 2003.

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    September 5, 2007

    Rockwell Revisited

    If not Steven Spielberg, who legally owns Russian Schoolroom?

  • News

    March 28, 2007

    Back to the Bolozone

    The "anarchists" finally get their day in court.

  • News

    August 18, 2004

    The Price of Innocence

    Larry Johnson wants big bucks for a crime he never committed

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    June 16, 2004

    Debt Comes to the Archbishop

    A sad chapter in the church's history is far from over

  • News

    October 8, 2003

    The Case of the Vanishing Videotape

    A workhouse inmate claims he was wrongly beaten, and city officials scramble to get their stories straight

  • News

    May 7, 2003

    Gone A-Courtin'

    Enterprise Rent-A-Car, recovering from one legal loss, looks to the next lawsuit

  • News

    April 23, 2003

    Fueled by Fear

    Refineries stuck Hartford with a toxic pool of gasoline that just won't go away. Homes burn and residents get sick, but nobody's helping.

  • News

    March 12, 2003

    Time Bomb

    Asbestos still takes its toll, but the lawsuits and victims are changing

  • News

    February 12, 2003

    You Don't Know Dick

    He's for tort reform but takes trial lawyers' money and sues docs

  • News

    November 20, 2002


    The mayor of tony Creve Coeur and her husband found a novel way of handling political disputes -- they sue critics

  • News

    July 3, 2002

    Lead Counsel

    These lawyers could cash in big, but who hired them?

  • News

    April 10, 2002

    Venue's on the Menu

    For lawyers trying to take a bite of Doe Run, St. Louis is the place to be

  • News

    April 12, 2000

    The Lead Menace

    In its lawsuit, St. Louis is eager to blame the lead industry for making the area one of the most contaminated in the nation. But the city itself is guilty of doing little to prevent the poisoning of thousands of children like "Little Al" Evans.

  • News

    August 11, 1999


    The appointment of a senior executive of the discrimination-claim-plagued Adam's Mark chain to a leadership position in the St. Louis County NAACP stirs outrage

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