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  • September 20, 2018

    In Holdeman, et al v. Stratman, et al, Defendant Stratman’s car died, causing him to come to a complete stop in the center lane of I-435 late at night. He did not turn on his hazard lights. Plaintiff Holdeman was driving behind Mr. Stratman and was able to come to a complete stop behind Stratman’s stalled car. Behind Mr. Holdeman was Defendant Brown, a commercial truck driver hauling a load for C&G Express. Brown saw the tail lights of the Holdeman and Stratman vehicles in front of him but thought that they were in normal traffic. Mr. Brown braked but was unable to stop and collided with Mr. Holdeman’s car causing him to suffer injuries to his spine and rendering him a paraplegic. Following a jury trial, Plaintiff Holdeman was found 1% at fault, Stratman 99% at fault, and Brown and C&G Express, where vicarious liability was claimed, 0% at fault. There were five issues on appeal to the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District.

  • August 22, 2018

    In Griffitts v. Old Republic Ins. Co., et al, Appellant Griffitts was rear-ended by Campbell, an employee of BNSF Railway Company (“BNSF”) in Springfield, Missouri. Campbell was driving a BNSF company vehicle and was intoxicated at the time of the collision. Numerous lawsuits followed, including one which is the focus of the Missouri Supreme Court’s en banc opinion. That particular case involved an equitable garnishment action that Griffitts filed against BNSF and its insurer, Old Republic, to collect an unsatisfied $1.4 million judgment entered against Campbell in an earlier action. Griffitts filed the equitable garnishment suit claiming Campbell to be a permissive user under the omnibus clause of the Old Republic policy issued to BNSF.

  • July 18, 2018

    In 2014, Dr. Neil Desai alleged that he sustained personal injury while being escorted from a Garcia Empire establishment by a Garcia Empire employee. Seneca Specialty Insurance Company (“Seneca”) offered to defend the club’s operator, Garcia Empire, LLC (“Garcia”) but would not commit to paying any resulting judgment.

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