lawsuit http://kbia.org en Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-hires-lawyers-civil-rights-case <p><span style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 1.5;">Boone County has hired four attorneys to help defend itself and three employees named in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man whose murder conviction was overturned after he served nearly a decade behind bars.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:17:37 +0000 Associated Press 51500 at http://kbia.org Boone County hires lawyers for civil rights case New lawsuits filed over failed Mamtek plant in Moberly http://kbia.org/post/new-lawsuits-filed-over-failed-mamtek-plant-moberly <p></p><p>A bankruptcy trustee has filed lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages against former officials with Mamtek, the company behind a failed plan to build a sweetener facility in Moberly.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Trustee Bruce Strauss filed lawsuits last week seeking repayment of $7 million that former officers and agents of Mamtek received. The lawsuits also seek actual damages of $72 million and punitive damages. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:22:04 +0000 Associated Press 46637 at http://kbia.org New lawsuits filed over failed Mamtek plant in Moberly Lawsuit seeks $30 million in failed Mamtek plant http://kbia.org/post/lawsuit-seeks-30-million-failed-mamtek-plant <p>A new lawsuit is seeking $30 million from an investment banking firm and 10 employees because of a failed factory project in central Missouri.</p><p>Morgan Keegan, which has merged with Raymond James Financial Inc., was the underwriter in 2010 for a $39 million bond issue for a failed artificial sweetener factory for Mamtek US Inc. in Moberly. Construction on the factory stopped in August 2011 when Mamtek failed to make a required bond payment. Fri, 29 Nov 2013 15:02:01 +0000 Associated Press 44523 at http://kbia.org Lawsuit seeks $30 million in failed Mamtek plant Humanist group files lawsuit over prayer in public high school http://kbia.org/post/humanist-group-files-lawsuit-over-prayer-public-high-school <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The American Humanist Association filed a federal lawsuit against Missouri's Fayette School District on Wednesday (Nov. 20), saying Fayette High School is unconstitutionally promoting Christianity through teacher-led prayer.</span></p><p>The lawsuit focuses on the activities happening in the classroom of Gwen Pope, a math teacher at the school.&nbsp;Pope was the faculty advisor for the Christian student group at the school.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:45:25 +0000 Kellie Moore 44146 at http://kbia.org Moberly settles Mamtek lawsuit http://kbia.org/post/moberly-settles-mamtek-lawsuit <p>A northeast Missouri community has agreed to pay $95,000 to end its involvement in a lawsuit filed by investors in a failed artificial sweetener plant.</p><p>The Columbia Daily Tribune <a href="http://bit.ly/1dqukcB">reports</a> Moberly and the Moberly Industrial Development Authority have settled a lawsuit filed by Shelter Insurance Cos. and other Mamtek investors.</p><p>The city filed notice of the deal with the Missouri Supreme Court this week and asked it to dismiss a pending case to determine whether the city could be forced to take part in the suit.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 20:30:46 +0000 Associated Press 43717 at http://kbia.org Moberly settles Mamtek lawsuit Lawsuit filed against Jefferson City Public Schools http://kbia.org/post/lawsuit-filed-against-jefferson-city-public-schools <p>A federal lawsuit accuses the Jefferson City school district and two administrators of not doing enough to prevent a band teacher from having an affair with a student.</p><p>The band teacher, Christopher Knehans, pleaded guilty in 2012 to two felony counts of sexual contact with a student.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:08:39 +0000 Associated Press 42224 at http://kbia.org Lawsuit filed against Jefferson City Public Schools Debate stalls on Mo. liability limits legislation http://kbia.org/post/debate-stalls-mo-liability-limits-legislation <p>Debate has stalled in the Missouri Senate over legislation that would reinstate a limit on certain damages in medical malpractice lawsuits. The state Supreme Court struck down the previous cap. Wed, 01 May 2013 22:18:59 +0000 Associated Press 33010 at http://kbia.org Debate stalls on Mo. liability limits legislation KC-based labor group trying to block birth control law http://kbia.org/post/kc-based-labor-group-trying-block-birth-control-law <P><STRONG>Updated 9/13/2012,&#160;4:51 p.m.</STRONG></P> <P>A Kansas City-based labor group is seeking to block the new law allowing Missouri employers to deny health insurance coverage for birth control pills and other contraceptive procedures.</P> <P>The new law took effect after the Missouri General Assembly overrode Governor Jay Nixon’s (D) veto during Wednesday’s veto session.&#160; Attorney E.E. Thu, 13 Sep 2012 21:58:36 +0000 Marshall Griffin & Rachel Lippmann 21142 at http://kbia.org KC-based labor group trying to block birth control law ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two http://kbia.org/post/aclu-lawsuit-challenges-part-amendment-two The American Civil Liberties Union filed a class action lawsuit late this afternoon that takes issue with part of Amendment Two, which deals with prayer and religious expression in Missouri.&nbsp;&nbsp;<p>Amendment Two specifically protects public prayer and lets students avoid assignments that violate their religious beliefs.<p>Tony Rothert, legal director for the ACLU&rsquo;s eastern Missouri division, said the lawsuit is focused on this specific phrase:<blockquote><p>This section shall not be construed to expand the rights of prisoners in state or local custody beyond those afforded by the laws of the United States.<p></blockquote><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 13:32:58 +0000 Tim Lloyd 19054 at http://kbia.org ACLU lawsuit challenges part of Amendment Two Lt. Gov. Kinder reacts to Affordable Care Act decision http://kbia.org/post/lt-gov-kinder-reacts-affordable-care-act-decision <p>The Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama&rsquo;s health care overhaul plan &mdash; the Affordable Care Act. In a 5-4 decision on Thursday, the Court determined that although Congress didn&rsquo;t have the power of commerce to force Americans to buy health insurance, Congress does have the power to implement a tax. And in this case, the Court finds the penalty for not buying health insurance by 2014 to be a valid tax.<br /> Thu, 28 Jun 2012 23:04:52 +0000 Jennifer Moore 16721 at http://kbia.org Lt. Gov. Kinder reacts to Affordable Care Act decision Newscast for May 11, 2012 http://kbia.org/post/newscast-may-11-2012 <p>Regional news coverage from the KBIA newsroom, including:</p><ul><li>Deaf Association wins lawsuit against state of Missouri for failing ADA standards</li><li>Statewide meetings discussing future of Missouri&#39;s transit start next Monday</li><li>Columbia Public School students will pay more for lunch in 2012</li><li>Insurer&#39;s lawsuit against state of Missouri&#39;s new Medicaid program dismissed Fri, 11 May 2012 22:58:27 +0000 Brian Pepoon 14010 at http://kbia.org Missouri association of the deaf win suit against state http://kbia.org/post/missouri-association-deaf-win-suit-against-state <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px; ">A federal judge has approved settlement of a lawsuit filed on behalf of more than 1,000 deaf Missourians over mental health services for the deaf.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 22:10:55 +0000 Associated Press 14004 at http://kbia.org Missouri association of the deaf win suit against state Farmers lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in limbo http://kbia.org/post/farmers-lawsuit-against-us-army-corps-engineers-limbo <p><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 150%; ">The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit by more than 140 southeast Missouri farmers over damage caused by last year&#39;s intentional breach of a levee at the height of spring flooding.</span></p><p> Fri, 30 Mar 2012 20:24:48 +0000 Associated Press 11561 at http://kbia.org Farmers lawsuit against U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in limbo Mo. House endorses business lawsuit restrictions http://kbia.org/post/mo-house-endorses-business-lawsuit-restrictions <p>&nbsp;</p><p>The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation restricting lawsuits that stem from some crimes committed at businesses.</p><p> Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:10:51 +0000 Associated Press 10967 at http://kbia.org Mo. House endorses business lawsuit restrictions Surgeon suing University of Missouri http://kbia.org/post/surgeon-suing-university-missouri <p>An orthopedic surgeon who was hired by the University of Missouri to take over a position at a partner hospital is suing. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 14:03:59 +0000 Associated Press 10801 at http://kbia.org Surgeon suing University of Missouri