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Case Results: Millions Recovered


St. Charles County jury delivers $75 million verdict to the family of a man killed by a DWI suspect evading police.


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.


Verdict followed by a multimillion dollar confidential employment discrimination settlement.

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Pleban & Associates’ Client Receives over $2 Million Severance Package

A high-level executive was forced out of a job with a Fortune 100 company. Pleban & Associates was able to negotiate a $2,000,000+ severance package that included stock options.


$11.6 Million Arbitration Awarded to J.C. Pleban’s Client

J.C. Pleban represented a company in a binding arbitration. The case involved negligent repairs to a large turbine. After arbitration, the judge awarded Pleban & Associates’ client $11,663,375.81, plus interest.


Client Receives $1,200,000 Settlement from St. Louis County Jail

In the wake of five inmate deaths taking place at the county jail in 2019, the St. Louis County Justice Center quickly came under review. Pleban & Associates represented the mother of one of those inmates. The lawsuit claimed jail staff repeatedly failed to provide appropriate medical assistance that could have prevented her son’s untimely death. As a result, our client received a $1.2 million 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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