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Case Results: Millions Recovered


Driving home, our client was hit by a truck, resulting in a serious brain injury. He and his family will be taken care of for life.


J.C. Pleban settled a wrongful death case—100x greater than the policy limit.


Verdict followed by a multimillion dollar confidential employment discrimination settlement.

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December 21, 2021

Understanding Qualified Immunity

Public officials — for example, police officers — have a get out of jail free card from civil lawsuits: qualified immunity. The doctrine protects state actors unless the plaintiff can show that he or she was deprived of a constitutional right and the right was “clearly established” at the time of the violation. Qualified Immunity […]

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May 12, 2021

Pleban & Associates settles civil rights claim for $5,000,000

Luther Hall was undercover at a ’17 protest after the acquittal of a cop charged with killing a Black suspect. The city of St. Louis has agreed to a $5 million settlement with a Black police officer who was beaten by five white officers while working undercover at a protest. Luther Hall was participating in a […]

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J.C. Pleban Settles Case for $2,500,000, 100x Policy Limits Wrongful Death

J.C. Pleban recently settled a wrongful death case for $2,500,000.00. Following a tragic death, clients attempted to settle with the insurance carrier, who had only $25,000.00 in coverage. The carrier agreed to settle, but demanded clients pay medical liens incurred by the decedent. The clients retained J.C. Pleban who argued the medical liens do not apply. He also argued the insurance carrier acted in bad faith. Ultimately, the insurance carrier settled for $2,500,000.00, which was 100 times greater than its policy limits for the insured.

January 2, 2021

Chet Pleban named Super Lawyer Again

Chet Pleban was named Super Lawyer in 2020. Through a detailed process, only 5% of attorneys in Missouri are named to Super Lawyers. Chet continues to receive this honor year after year.

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January 1, 2021

J.C. Pleban Named Super Lawyers’ Rising Star Again

J.C. Pleban named to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars again in 2020. The Rising Stars list recognizes no more than 2.5% of attorneys in Missouri. J.C. has been selected each year since 2015.

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December 31, 2020

Recent Bad Faith Litigation Decisions

Insurance carriers don’t always do what they have agreed to do. Carriers, from time to time, deny insurance coverage, or provide a defense under a reservation of rights. Other times, the insurance carrier will fail to settle a claim within policy limits, even though the insured’s exposure if far greater than the coverage. These are […]

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December 30, 2020

Medical Liens In Wrongful Death Cases

A medical lien does not attach to a wrongful death claim. American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Ward, 774 S.W.2d 135, 138 (Mo. banc 1989). A wrongful death recovery is for the use and benefit of the class prescribed by RSMo § 537.080, not the injured person. Id. Because the hospital cannot sue the driver of the […]

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September 3, 2020

Pleban & Associates Client Featured in the Wall Street Journal:

Black Officers Say Discrimination Abounds, Complicating Reform Efforts Detective Luther Hall was working undercover during protests that gripped St. Louis in 2017 following the police shooting of a black man, when several officers in riot gear rushed up to him. Before Mr. Hall, who is black, could comply with their demands to get on the […]

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September 1, 2020

J.C. Pleban Files a Civil Rights Lawsuit for Student Victims

CAMDENTON, Mo. — The parents of two children who are alleged victims of Sexual Misconduct at Camdenton R-III schools have sued the district, its top administrators, the alleged perpetrator, and his father. On Thursday, Aug. 27, St. Louis attorney J.C. Pleban, of Pleban & Associates Law Firm, filed in the U.S. District Court two “John Doe” […]

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June 21, 2020

St. Charles County pays J.C. Pleban’s client $325,000

The county has agreed to pay $325,000 to a former jail inmate to settle his claims that he was attacked by another inmate and given inadequate medical care for his injuries. James L. Falke originally sued the county, court officials, a guard and a nurse in U.S. District Court in St. Louis last year, claiming that he […]

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