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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”)…

An Analysis of Contributory Negligence and Comparative Fault

The Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in Children’s Wish Foundation International, Inc. v. Mayer Hoffman McCann, P.C., et al, 331 S.W. 3d 648 (Mo. 2011), resolved the issue of whether the comparative fault structure set forth in Gustafson v. Benda, 661 S.W.2d 11 (Mo. Banc 1983) applies to negligence cases that do not involve personal injury,…

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