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A team of Armstrong Teasdale lawyers recently won the largest 2014 defense verdict in the state of Missouri, according to Missouri Lawyers Weekly. The publication is also honoring another of the firm's litigation partners, with its Influential Appellate Advocates Award for the firm's work on one of the most significant appellate decisions of the year.
Armstrong Teasdale lawyers have now won 36 of Missouri’s 20 highest defense and plaintiff verdicts over the last 15 years. The No. 1 defense verdict in 2014 is based on a Jackson County jury’s October 31 decision in favor of Missouri Gas Energy (MGE) in a $30 million furnace explosion case. MGE had been sued by a heating repairman, who was severely injured while working on the furnace at a ThyssenKrupp assembly plant in Grandview, Missouri. Prior to the explosion, MGE had investigated complaints about an outdoor odor of gas at the plant but detected no problem. The repairman alleged that the explosion could have been prevented if MGE had conducted an interior probe as well. However, the defense team produced evidence showing there was no gas leak in the furnace and instead, the plaintiff had misdiagnosed the problem and caused the explosion when he lifted a sight glass that led to an eruption of flames. The repairman sought punitive damages in addition to the $30 million in actual and loss of consortium claims.
About Armstrong Teasdale
With more than 250 lawyers, Armstrong Teasdale LLP has a demonstrable track record of delivering sophisticated legal advice and exceptional service to a dynamic client base. Whether an issue is local or global, practice area specific or industry related, Armstrong Teasdale provides each client with an invaluable combination of legal resources and practical advice in nearly every area of law. The firm is the exclusive Lex Mundi member firm for Missouri. Lex Mundi is the world's leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. Armstrong Teasdale is listed in the Am Law 200, published by The American Lawyer, and the NLJ 250, published by The National Law Journal.
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