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Judge: Monkey is Not a Service Animal

A federal judge has rejected a Springfield woman's claim that her monkey was a service animal and that she was disabled. Debby Rose had sued the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, CoxHealth hospital and a Springfield Wal-Mart because she was not allowed to take the monkey, named Richard, into restaurants and…

‘Devastating’ Ruling for Woman

A Springfield woman who fought to have her monkey declared a service animal said Thursday she was shocked a federal judge rejected her lawsuit. "It's devastating; it's devastating," Debby Rose said of the outcome of her lawsuit against the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, Cox Health and Wal-Mart East. "I feel like…

Ed Dowd, Jr. Featured in St. Louis Business Journal (link opens a PDF)

Catch trial attorney Ed Dowd Jr. down on the family farm near St. Clair, Mo., and he’s known as “Slim” and one of the finer horsemen in the Dowd clan. He greets everyone with “partner.” “Slim” is embroidered on his chaps. “He insisted when we were at the farm we all…

Contos v. Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.

After successfully removing the lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of the State of Missouri against its client, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., to federal court, Dowd Bennett prevailed on its motion to dismiss plaintiff’s petition.

Fired ALJs Can Keep their Jobs, Cole County Judge Says

A Cole County judge said three administrative law judges can't be terminated from their positions for budgetary reasons. Earlier this year, five administrative law judge positions were dismissed from their posts. Four of the judges were let go, and a retiring judge was not replaced. Gov. Jay Nixon said the…

Herschel, et al. v. Nixon, et al.

In June of 2009, John Comerford successfully sued the Governor of the State of Missouri to prevent the termination of three Administrative Law Judges in the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation.

Dowd Bennett Among Small Firms Working for Fortune 100 Clients

Five Missouri firms with fewer than 50 attorneys also got work from the Fortune 100, giving credence to managing partners' assertions that big companies have been willing to look beyond the large national firms to smaller, less expensive firms to save on outside counsel costs.

Cole County Judge Set to Rule on Firings of Administrative Law Judges

The futures of three administrative law judges are in the hands of a Cole County judge. Attorneys presented final arguments on Wednesday in a case deciding whether the three ALJs can stay on job. Gov. Jay Nixon's administration dismissed Henry Herschel, Matthew Murphy and John Tackes earlier this year, citing…

Ginsburg et al. v. InBev et al.

Dowd Bennett prevailed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, which denied a preliminary injunction that sought to stop InBev’s purchase of Anheuser-Busch.

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