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Category: Civil Litigation, Real Estate

Copyright Protection, Litigation; Intellectual Property

A copyright is a type of intellectual property. “Original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression…from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device” may be the subject of copyright. Dryer v. National Football League, 814 F.3d 938, 942 (8th […]

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Expert Witness Testimony and Opinion

Section 490.065, RSMo increased the standard for the admissibility of expert witness testimony in Missouri. The legislation took effect in 2017 to combat what was perceived to be low standards for expert testimony and high jury verdicts in favor of plaintiffs on medical malpractice and/or product liability claims. The new law brings Missouri’s expert witness […]

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When you may be Personally Liable for LLC or Corporate Debt

One of the main benefits to forming a limited liability company or corporation is that the owners of the company are usually not personally responsible for the debts of the busness. There are exceptions to this general rule. First and foremost, if there is a personal guarantee for a business debt, then the personal guarantor […]

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Compulsory Counterclaims

A common defense manuever in civil litigation is to file a counterclaim against the plaintiff. Practically, it may put the plaintiff on the back foot with now having to defend a suit and strategically exposes them to potential unanticipated risk/liabilities. Legally, it is sometimes necessary for a defendant to file the counterclaim under the compulsory […]

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Conversion, Cash

Conversion is the unauthorized assumption of the right of ownership over the personal property of another to the exclusion of the owner’s rights. Hunt v. Estate of Hunt, 348 S.W.3d 103, 113 (Mo. Ct. App. 2011). It may be shown in three ways: (1) tortious taking; (2) any use or appropriation to the use of […]

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Independent Contractor versus Employee

The distinction between an independent contractor and employee is not always clear. Legally, it is important for at least two reasons: first, an employer is usually not responsible for any FICA or unemployment taxes for compensation paid to an independent contractor; and, second, an employer is generally not vicariously liable for wrongs committed by an […]

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Misappropriation of Trade Secrets

Trade secret litigation in Missouri can be complex. Such suits usually come about when an employee improperly accesses or discloses a trade secret of an employer/company/business. While most cases will center on whether certain information constitutes a “trade secret,” the definition of “misappropriation” is also very precise. Generally, both must be present to prevail on […]

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Statute of Limitations for Quiet Title Claims

A quiet title claim is a request to the Court to determine all interests in a parcel of real estate. It is often used to clear title and ownership disputes. Though it is not frequently an issue, there is a limitations period to bring such a claim. Specifically, there is a ten (10) year statute […]

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Abatement, Multiple Lawsuits

Because of procedural rules and/or general litigation strategy, more than one lawsuit is sometimes filed in a different court. In certain circumstances, “abatement” limits subsequent or separate lawsuits. Under abatement (a/k/a “pending action doctrine”), when a claim involves the same subject matter and parties as a previously filed suit so that the facts and issues […]

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Nuisance: Real Property/Estate Interference

An owner of real estate may maintain a lawsuit for nuisance if there is an unreasonable, unusual, or unnatural use of one’s property so that it substantially impairs the right of another to peacefully enjoy his or her property. Frank v. Envtl. Sanitation Msgmt, Inc., 687 S.W.2d 876, 880 (Mo. 1985). A nuisance claim is […]

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