A Medical Expert Need Not Be a Medical Doctor

In Hogenmiller v. Mississippi Lime Co, David Hogenmiller was awarded workers’ compensation benefits based on a finding that he sustained a five-percent partial disability because of work-related tinnitus. An audiologist with a Ph.D. in hearing science was qualified to testify regarding the nature, extent, and cause of Mr. Hogenmiller’s tinnitus.

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Entry of Appearance is Not a Responsive Pleading

On August 28, 2017, the Palmers were served with a summons and petition. The Palmers were being sued by the Irvins, who were seeking to void a quit claim deed that asserted to convey ownership of a parcel of land from the Irvin Trust to the Palmers. On September 14, 2017, the Palmers’ attorney filed an entry of appearance and requested an additional 30 days to respond to the petition. On October 23, 2017, the trial court entered a default judgment in favor of the Irvins because a responsive pleading had not been entered on behalf of the Palmers.

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Startup Missouri to Host Inaugural Expo for Entrepreneurs

Startup Missouri, the magazine launched by Missouri Lawyers Media in 2018, will host its first Startup Missouri Expo from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday October 30, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in St. Louis-Chesterfield. Two keynote speakers during the Expo include: Tom Schlafly, chairman of the board of the St. Louis Brewery LLC, which brews Schlafly Beer; and Carolyn Kindle Betz, who led the drive to bring a Major League Soccer expansion to St. Louis and build a new $250 million downtown stadium.

The Expo is free to attend, but tickets to keynote events are $45 each.

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Imputed Income Affirmed

In calculating child support, the circuit court applied a $15 per hour wage to appellant because the evidence showed that appellant could earn at least that amount if he chose to seek work.  Regardless of whether a person is working or unemployed, a court can impute income to a person if the court believes the person is capable of earning that income.

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Dog Provided Probable Cause to Search Car

If there is probable cause to believe that contraband is present, a warrant is not necessary to search a car. A drug-sniffing dog, or confidential informant with a history of reliability, corroboration, or other indicia of reliability, can provide probable cause to search a vehicle.

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U.S. Regulator Settles Lawsuit Against ITT Educational

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has reached a settlement with ITT Educational Services for predatory lending practices.  In 2014, the CFPB sued ITT alleging predatory lending practices, pushing student borrowers into high-cost private loans that they did not understand nor could afford. The CFPB does not plan to collect on any of the $60 million judgement from the bankrupt for-profit college.

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ShoppingTown Mall Says It’s Headed to Bankruptcy Court to Avoid Tax Foreclosure

Edward Skylaroff, CEO of the nearly vacant New York Mall, ShoppingTown, said that he has directed mall officials to file for chapter 11 reorganization. Onondaga County is trying to seize the mall because it owes more than $9.7 million in unpaid property taxes dating back to 2015. The company is requesting the mall’s tax assessment be decreased from $36.7 million to $3.7 million.

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Lolli & Pops, a Candy Retailer, Files for Bankruptcy

After being locked out of about 10 stores, the San-Francisco based candy retailer, Lolli & Pops, has filed for bankruptcy. The company has sought protection from creditors in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. Lolli & Pops’ “liabilities are mostly with its vendors and landlords.” The company’s liabilities are listed as ranging from $10 million to $50 million in its chapter 11 petition.

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America’s Student Loan Burden is Getting Bad

The portion of households categorized as “severely derogatory” on payments is hovering at 2 percent, the same percent it has been at since 2015. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York categorizes “severely derogatory” as “any stage of delinquency paired with a repossession, foreclosure, or ‘charge off.’” Defaulted student loans constitute 35 percent of the roughly $250 billion severely derogatory outstanding balance.

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Avenue, Plus-Sized Retailer, Will Be Closing All Stores

Avenue Stores, LLC, which operates in 33 states, has decided to close the doors on all 222 of its retail locations. The company has hired Hilco and Gordon Brothers to supervise inventory sales.

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