Multifarious Points on Appeal

Appellate briefs in Missouri have strict guidelines. By way of example, a “point on appeal” must follow a specific format to preserve certain arguments on appeal. A point on appeal also cannot be multifarious or merge several alleged trial court errors in to one point. “When . . . appellants collapse disparate contentions of error into a single point relied on, they violate Rule 84.04(d).” Cooper v. Bluff City Mobile Home Sales, Inc., 78 S.W.3d 157, 167 (Mo. Ct. App. 2002). Although it is a potentially harsh result and result in dismissal, points that include multiple issue are multifarious and preserve nothing for appellate review. Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, L.P., 522 S.W.3d 327, 330 (Mo. Ct. App. 2017).

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