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November 2016 News

Joseph Blanton and John Cozean along with attorneys from Shook, Hardy and Bacon of Kansas City successfully represented a large financial services company in defeating an attempt to certify a class action in Wayne County, Missouri. Attorney Shaun Hanschen has been admitted to practice in the State of Arkansas. Firm attorneys are now admitted to practice in Missouri, Illinois, Texas, Michigan, Kansas and Arkansas as well as numerous Federal District Courts, U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the U. [...]

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October 2016 News

Diedre Peters has joined the firm as an associate.  Diedre is a native of Mississippi County, Missouri and graduated from Charleston High School.  She is a graduate of Columbia College and the University of Illinois Law School.  At the University of Illinois, she was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review. Joseph Blanton has been named as a member of the Federal Practice Committee for the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and a [...]

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Joseph Blanton designated a Premier Trial Attorney

Joseph Blanton has been designated a Premier Trial Attorney for the State of Missouri from the National Academy of Jurisprudence. This designation is limited to the Top 100 Trial Attorneys in the state. He has also been included in the 2017 Edition of the Best Lawyers in America for medical malpractice and product liability defense and commercial litigation. He, along with the firm, have been retained by a large financial services company to defend a putative class action pending in Southeast [...]

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May 2016 Updates

Joseph Blanton, Rachel Harris and Shaun Hanschen received a favorable ruling in May 2016 from the Missouri Court of Appeals in a case styled Lawson Estate v. Murphy. The case involved a challenge to a ruling made by the Probate Court of Dunklin County, Missouri relating to a conservatorship estate which owns a large farm. The Court of Appeals affirmed the actions taken by the firm’s clients with respect to the farming operation. Joseph Blanton, Shaun Hanschen and John Cozean [...]

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Blanton and Hanschen – Case Updates

Joseph Blanton and Shaun Hanschen obtained a pre-suit settlement in January 2016 for a client in a premises liability suit in the amount of $300,000. The client suffered a broken arm in the incident. Joseph Blanton and Shaun Hanschen advised a group of local investors in December 2016 in the sale of a nationally franchised hotel. Joseph C. Blanton Jr. Shaun D. Hanschen

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Blanton and Hanschen Settle Unpaid Overtime

Attorneys Joseph Blanton and Shaun Hanschen recently settled a suit for unpaid overtime payments for firm clients. Attorney Joseph Blanton recently settled a farm accident personal injury case for a firm client. Both settlements were confidential. Joseph Blanton has been admitted to practice in the State of Texas. The firm continues to be retained by farmers who seek to be part of the Syngenta Corn Class Actions and continues to serve as counsel in Southeast Missouri for those actions.

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Blanton Firm Joins Approved Panel Council List for Healthcare Services Group

Patrick R. Douglas Patrick Douglas (left) recently obtained a summary judgment in favor of a Firm Client in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri in a product liability case. The Firm is now on the approved panel counsel list for Healthcare Services Group, a large insurer of Hospitals and Physicians in Missouri.

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Tort Reform 2015

This Session the Missouri General Assembly and the Missouri Senate passed Senate Bill 239, which re-institutes caps on non-economic damages in lawsuits against healthcare providers. Governor Nixon signed the legislation into law on May 7, 2015. The new law goes into effect on August 28, 2015. This legislation was intended to effectively overrule the Missouri Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling in Watts v. Lester E Cox Medical Centers which held that there are no caps on awards of non-economic damages in [...]

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Firm News June 2015

The firm recently was named this Spring to the Missouri Defense Panel for TEAMHealth, which contracts to provide ER physicians to Missouri Hospitals. Shaun Hanschen recently argued the case of Parr, et al. v. Breeden, et al. in the Missouri Supreme Court. The Court’s decision is expected to determine the fate of co-employee liability cases in Missouri. Attorneys in the firm recently represented some of the shareholders in the liquidation of an agri-business in the Missouri Bootheel. The firm supervised [...]

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