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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 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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December 20, 2019

Chet Pleban was named Super Lawyer in 2019

Chet Pleban was named Super Lawyer in 2019. 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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December 20, 2019

J.C. Pleban Named to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars again in 2019

J.C. Pleban named to Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars again in 2019. 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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August 5, 2019

J.C. Pleban Recovers $550,000 for Clients as Reported by the Post-Dispatch.

It began as a traffic stop involving a man driving at night with his taillights off. The driver told the officer he was driving a rental car and didn’t know how to turn them on. The officer ran the driver’s name, found out he had traffic-related warrants and arrested him. A tow truck arrived. The […]

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$1.1 Million Employment Discrimination

June 19, 2019

J.C. Pleban’s Client Awarded $1.1 Million in Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The city has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit involving a black St. Louis police captain for $1.1 million. Former police Chief Sam Dotson fired Capt. Ryan Cousins in June 2016 after accusing him of ordering officers to alter a police report and ignore evidence at the scene of an attempted burglary in the Baden neighborhood that […]

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