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Lewellen v. Franklin: Missouri Supreme Court Holds Statutory Cap on Punitive Damages Unconstitutional

On September 9, 2014, the Missouri Supreme Court unanimously struck down the State’s punitive damage cap in Lewellen v. Franklin, 2014 WL 4425202 (Mo. banc Sept. 9, 2014). The plaintiff in Lewellen was a 77-year-old widow with less than $1,000 of monthly income who contracted to purchase a vehicle with National Auto Sales North’s (“National”)…

Sifting Through the Ashes

Welcome to the first Fire Science blog, which will discuss the science involved in investigating and determining the origin and cause of a fire.  Our blog will focus on issues involved in investigation and litigation stage of a claim to assist those who periodically find themselves sifting through the ashes in an attempt to find…

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