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What Will the Courts Look Like As We Begin to Reopen?

St. Louis City and St. Louis County have both announced plans to ease restrictions on their stay at home order beginning on May 18. Some non-essential businesses will begin to reopen, while others are choosing to remain closed. But what about the courts?   What Has the Court Ordered? On May 4, the Court ordered a new Operational Directive for “Easing Covid-19 Restrictions on In-Person Proceedings,” which supersedes their order from April 17. Currently, all courts will remain mostly closed to the public except for essential matters. However, on May 16, the Courts will begin opening in phases, beginning at Operating Phase Zero. Phase...

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Know Your Rights- Price Gouging

We’ve all seen the stories on the news: toilet paper and cleaning supplies are hard to find. Prices for these essential items are skyrocketing online. What can you do if you find a seller who charges a premium for these in demand items? Most states have laws against price gouging that come into effect under certain emergencies, such as a global pandemic. Both Missouri and Illinois are included in those states. In Missouri, the Attorney General is given the power to restrict certain unfair practices in the sale of products. The Attorney General, in turn, has created Title 15 of the Code...

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What Happens if You’re Injured While Riding in a Lyft or Uber?

It is highly convenient to be able to summon a ride in minutes from your phone. When you do so, you expect to arrive safely to your destination - and not arrive at the emergency room with injuries instead. However, Uber and Lyft drivers can be involved in accidents like anyone else, and passengers can sustain serious injuries as a result....

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STL COVID-19 Update

As the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 moves through the country, many communities throughout the country are facing significant disruptions to normal life in an effort to control the pandemic. St. Louis and the surrounding areas are starting to see some of these issues arise locally, including the shuttering of schools, restaurants, and other places where people congregate....

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