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Standing to Sue

“Standing” generally refers to the ability of an individual to file a claim in court. It essentially asks whether a person has a right to obtain relief in court. “Standing is a jurisdictional matter antecedent to the right to relief.” State ex rel. Williams v. Marsh, 626 S.W.2d 223, 227 n. 6 (Mo. 1982). Standing…

Mootness on Appeal

Courts can generally only render an opinion or judgment when there is actually a controversy in a case. Legally, this means that a party filing a lawsuit must have “standing” and there must be a “justiciable” controversy. This  exists when a party has an interest in the subject matter of the suit that gives it a…

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