Missouri Law Blog:Feeding the Beast: In a Payment Bond, "All Sums Justly Due" May Include Attorneys' Fees
Sureties must pay attorneys' fees on private construction projects where payment bond contains provision calling for payment of "all sums justly due," says 8th Circuit.
Recognition:Thirty-One Baker Sterchi Attorneys Receive Best Lawyers® (2023) Recognition, Including Lawyer of the Year
The 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® recognizes Baker Sterchi attorney John Cowden with two "Lawyer of the Year" rankings (Bet-the-Company Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants). Twenty-two additional Baker Sterchi attorneys are included on the Best Lawyers in America® list in numerous practice areas, and another eight on the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ list.
Firm News:Baker Sterchi Welcomes Kevin Bross in St. Louis
Kevin Bross joins Baker Sterchi as an associate in the firm's St. Louis office, where his practice focuses on personal injury defense, premises liability and product liability. Prior to joining the firm, Bross was a county prosecutor handling a range of criminal matters.
Insurance Law Blog:Illinois Court of Appeals Affirms Denial of Loss of Business Coverage Caused by COVID-19
Illinois Court of Appeals affirms COVID-19, and the Governor's executive actions regarding the same, did not constitute a "direct physical loss of or damage" to the covered restaurant property, and that no loss of business income coverage resulted from the prohibition of in restaurant dining during the pandemic.
Firm News:Doug Hill and Brandy Simpson Participate in 2022 IADC Trial Academy
Baker Sterchi Members Doug Hill and Brandy Simpson participated in the International Association of Defense Counsel's (IADC) 48th Annual Trial Academy held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.
Recognition:Lammert and Odom Recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media as 2022 Up & Coming Honorees
Baker Sterchi attorneys Megan Sterchi Lammert and Greg Odom have been recognized by Missouri Lawyers Media as 2022 Up & Coming honorees, joining a class of 53 attorneys practicing in Missouri to receive the award.
Firm News:Laura Beasley to Moderate Panel at IDC/MODL Defense Seminar
On August 12, Baker Sterchi Member Laura Beasley will moderate a panel titled "Views from the Bench" at the Defense Law Seminar co-hosted by the Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) and the Missouri Organization of Defense Counsel (MODL). The session will provide valuable insights for new attorneys and seasoned litigators, allowing attendees an opportunity to pose questions to a joint panel of Missouri and Illinois judges.
Insurance Law Blog:Court of Appeals Reaffirms Arbitration Award in Sec. 537.065 Case Where Insurer Not Present; Though All is Not Lost
The Missouri Court of Appeals for the Western District affirmed an arbitration award stemming from a Sec. 537.065 agreement finding that the insurance company could not substantively act, even after timely and properly intervening. The Court held that the intervenor must accept the case as it is at the time of intervention, and, thus, it was too late to change the award.
Results:Summary Judgment Obtained on Bad Faith Claim for Insurance Carrier
On July 19 Baker Sterchi and out-of-state co-counsel obtained summary judgment in a case pending in the Circuit Court of Johnson County, Missouri alleging bad faith failure to settle against their insurance carrier client.
Speaking Engagements:Josh Davis to Present at PLRB Tech Conference on Telematics
On July 29, Baker Sterchi Member Josh Davis will co-present on telematics at the Property & Liability Resource Bureau (PLRB) Technology & Claims Symposium, scheduled for July 28-29 in Denver, CO.