Jury Gets MetroLink Extension Suit

A jury began deliberations Monday after lawyers made their closing arguments in the Metro transit agency's damage suit against four companies over MetroLink construction delays and cost overruns. Now entering its 15th week, it's described as the longest civil trial in St. Louis County history. Metro, known formally as the Bi-State…

MetroLink Jurors Begin Deliberations in Shrewsbury Project Case

Jurors began deliberating on Monday in the three-month-long fraud trial against Cross County Collaborative, the builders of the eight-mile MetroLink extension to Shrewsbury. The fraud lawsuit, filed by Metro, the light-rail train's operator, centered on a cost overrun of more than $125 million and a 15-month delay in the…

New Courtship

The Missouri Court of Appeals has turned down Deanna Daughhetee Vinson's appeal to the end of her subprime marriage to fellow mortgage dynamo Ray Vinson. A three-judge panel of Roy Richter, Glenn Norton and Clifford Ahrens said St. Louis County Circuit Judge Michael Burton got it right the first time.

Missouri Court of Appeals Judges Affirm — and Criticize — Vinson Divorce

Mortgage broker Ray Vinson -- whose famed ads have annoyed multiple TV viewers -- seemed to draw the same reaction Tuesday from a state appeals panel that affirmed Vinson's divorce from his wife, Deanna. Judge Roy L. Richter, writing for the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, expressed aggravation…

Vinson v. Vinson

Our lawyers tried a multi-week dissolution case between the founders of a mortgage banking company that, in 2004, generated more that $3 billion in mortgages.

Bennett’s Cross-Exam of Metro Chief Likened to “A Few Good Men”

Not since Jack Nicholson, as Col. Nathan Jessep, took the stand in "A Few Good Men" has a witness self-destructed the way Larry Salci did this week in a Clayton courtroom. Mr. Salci, the president of the Metro transit agency, admitted that he had never read the contracts that his…

Metro Chief Takes Stand

Metro President Larry Salci met the CEO of a worldwide engineering company at a hotel coffee shop in Salt Lake City in 2003 to complain about failures in its work on an eight-mile MetroLink extension. That impromptu meeting, Salci told a jury Monday in St. Louis County Circuit Court, failed…

Bennett Quoted in Article Regarding Unpublished Court Opinions

He had taken a legal malpractice case to the Missouri Court of Appeals Eastern District and received an order from a three-judge panel instead of a published opinion. Published opinions appear in caselaw books and on the court's Web site and can be cited; memorandums such as the 10-page…

John Comerford Joins Firm

In August 2007, a new lawyer joined the firm, bringing the total number to six. John Comerford, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Georgetown University Law Center, joins Dowd Bennett. Mr.Comerford previously served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for seven and a half years.

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