Category: Courts

Supreme Court ruling paves way for Missouri to collect online sales tax with lawmaker action

A close U.S. Supreme Court decision has paved the way for the Missouri General Assembly to take up legislation that could potentially bring in millions in revenue. On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that internet retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence. The 5-4 decision is a win for states, who said they were losing out on billions of dollars annually under a 1992 Supreme Court […]

Pedroli claims text proves Confide used to conduct state business

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — During a hearing in the Confide lawsuit against the governor’s office, Mark Pedroli represented evidence he says proves that they used the message destroying app to conduct state business. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem also limited discovery in the Sunshine lawsuit to whether or not the records exist for the time being. He instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the order. […]

Judge limits scope of discovery in Confide lawsuit to existence of records

Two St. Louis attorneys seeking to get answers into the use of a message-destroying app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff didn’t get much Tuesday. Discovery in a Sunshine Lawsuit against the office of the former governor has been limited to whether or not the records exist for the time being. Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem has instructed the attorney’s for the governor’s office, Barbara Smith and Robert Thompson, to draft the […]

What to know ahead of Confide hearing on complying answers from governor’s office

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two St. Louis attorneys are working to get answers that Attorney General Josh Hawley couldn’t into the use of a message-destroying app by former Gov. Eric Greitens and his staff. In Cole County Court on Tuesday, counsel for the Office of the Governor and Ben Sansone — who filed the open records violation lawsuit against Greitens on behalf of the Sunshine Project — will argue a motion to compel. Mark Pedroli, […]

Armstrong Teasdale adds to litigation practice in St. Louis

Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States, proudly announces the addition of trial lawyer Jake Kohut to the firm’s award-winning Mass Tort and Catastrophic Loss practice area. Kohut primarily defends clients in complex commercial litigation related to medical malpractice and liability, including premises, contract, product and commercial liability. He has experience defending claims for product liability, wrongful death and other personal injury actions. Kohut has successfully defended commercial litigation in state […]

Greitens’ private impeachment attorneys will not receive state compensation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri taxpayers won’t actually be on the hook for more than $150,000 in legal fees for two attorneys hired solely for potential impeachment proceedings. On June 14, 2018, the Missouri Office of Administration declined to pay Ross Garber and Edward Greim. Sarah Steelman, head of the Office of Administration, sent the two attorneys identical letters denying them state compensation for legal services they provided to then-Governor Eric Greitens. The two attorneys […]

Partners Rick McConnell, Richard Wood Join Armstrong Teasdale in Kansas City

Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States, proudly announces the addition of two partners to its Public Finance practice in Kansas City: Rick McConnell and Richard W. Wood. McConnell primarily serves as bond, disclosure, tax and special counsel to cities, counties, conduit issuers and special purpose districts. He has significant experience in all tax-exempt and taxable forms of public finance offerings, including general obligation bonds, revenue bonds, various forms of lease/purchase financing, […]

Hawley sues North County developer for tax credit fraud

ST. LOUIS — Just one day after the city of St. Louis broke off its tax credit deal with St. Louis Developer Paul McKee and his company Northside Regeneration, LLC, the state’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against him. Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley on Wednesday sued McKee and his company alleging that Northside received tax credits in the amount of $4.5 million for redevelopment projects in North St. Louis and kept these credits despite failing to complete the […]

Pardon does not allow felons to run for elected office, court rules

Even with a gubernatorial pardon, pleading guilty to a felony renders that person ineligible to run for elected office, according to a ruling handed down by a district appellate court. The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District on Tuesday affirmed the judgement of the Linn County Circuit Court barring Joshua Fay from running for Associate Circuit Judge. Fay, when he was 17-years-old, pled guilty to three felony offenses in February 1995: two counts […]

Judge denies Planned Parenthood request for injunction, medication abortions still limited in Show-Me State

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Planned Parenthood will not be allowed to provide medication-induced abortions at the Springfield or Columbia clinics housed in Missouri, as per a Monday ruling from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Beth Phillips denied a request from Planned Parenthood Great Plains and Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri for a preliminary injunction blocking enforcement of the regulations. The lawsuit lists the state Department of Health and Senior Services, which licenses […]