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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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Familes First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 19, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) sponsored by members of Congress, which includes both the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act” and the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act.” This affects both employers and employees alike as we deal with the spread of COVID-19. ...

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Breaking News: Order from the Supreme Court of Missouri

The Supreme Court of Missouri released a court order this afternoon that states that all courts will remain open during this pandemic, but will be suspending all in-person proceedings in all appellate and circuit courts – including all associate, family, juvenile, municipal, and probate divisions from Tuesday, March 17, 2020, through Friday, April 3, 2020, with several exceptions.  ...

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Choosing the Right St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer for You

After a car accident, it's highly advisable to retain an attorney to represent you - even if you're sure the insurance company is willing to settle the case. There's just one problem; there are literally thousands of lawyers in the area that will handle your case, and it can be hard to figure out which one is right for you. At Bruntrager & Billings, we have over 65 years of experience helping injured victims recover and are happy to offer no-obligation consultations, so you feel free to talk to other lawyers. Below are some of the factors you should consider...

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4 Auto Insurance Company Tactics to Watch Out For

As a car accident victim, it’s important that you are aware that most car accident cases never see the inside of a courtroom, but rather are resolved through the insurance settlement process. This process involves the victims and the at-fault driver’s insurance company reaching an agreement where the insurance company pays the victim in return for a release from any further liability. It's critical to understand that insurance companies are for-profit entities, and they make their money by paying out as little as possible on every claim they receive. For this reason, it is highly advisable for every car accident victim to retain an attorney to represent them throughout the...

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What is an SIS in Missouri?

In Missouri criminal courts, you may hear several different legal terms that you may not understand. One common term that might be the source of confusion is “SIS,” which stands for “suspended imposition of sentence.” In short, a SIS is a common type of probation and disposition of criminal cases in Missouri, generally after a guilty plea. A SIS is different from a suspended execution of sentence (SES), which is a type of probation for more serious felony offenses. The Basics of an SIS When a judge agrees to a SIS, they are suspending the issuance of a specific sentence for...

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Who is at Fault for a Rear-End Collision in Missouri?

You may have heard that the driver of the trailing vehicle is always at fault for rear-end accidents. While it's certainly true that the rear driver is often at fault for these kinds of crashes, there are cases where the driver of the front vehicle can be held liable. As a result, you should always speak to an experienced lawyer after a rear-end accident, regardless of whether you were in the front or the rear vehicle. Missouri Law on Rear-End Collisions Under Missouri case law, there is a presumption that the driver of the rear vehicle is at fault for a rear end accident. This rule is known as the...

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