Estate v. Short Line Railroad. U.S. District Court for Western District of Missouri; Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. Wrongful death/railroad grade crossing case. Plaintiffs’ decedent died at a railroad highway crossing. Ralph represented a short line railroad and a railroad holding company. The case was dismissed in federal court for lack of jurisdiction and refiled in state court. Ralph prepared and argued a motion to dismiss the case on the theory that the named plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. The motion to dismiss was granted and the case was dismissed with prejudice on all counts.
Estate v. Short Line Railroad (II). Ralph co-authored the Response Brief to Plaintiff’s Appeal and successfully represented all defendants at oral argument before the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Dismissal of Plaintiff’s case with prejudice was affirmed.
Employee v. Railroad. Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri. FELA (asbestos). Ralph analyzed plaintiff’s prior claims and the settlement documents for those matters, Ralph successfully argued prior release of the asbestos claims in a motion for summary judgment. After the summary judgment motion was filed, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed this case on the eve of the hearing on the summary judgment motion.
Injured Motorist v. Trucking Company. Personal injury claim filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Southwest Division. Motorist alleged he was injured in accident with client trucking company. Ralph moved to dismiss the case as a result of plaintiff’s numerous violations of discovery orders. The court agreed with this position and ordered the case against the firm’s client dismissed.
Railroad Employee v. Class I Railroad (I). Circuit Court of St. Louis County, Missouri. FELA (toxic exposure/cancer and cumulative trauma to knees and spine). Ralph conducted all the discovery and prepared the case for trial. The jury rendered a verdict in favor of Ralph’s client.
Railroad Employee v. Class I Railroad (II). Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District of Missouri. Ralph assisted in drafting the response brief and successfully represented the railroad during oral arguments to the Court of Appeals. Verdict in favor of Ralph’s client was affirmed.
Injured passengers v. Trucking Company. U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Injured passengers brought suit against defendant trucking company and deceased driver in state court. Ralph removed this case from Jefferson County, Missouri Circuit Court and successfully argued against remand with the theory that the decedent and defendant ad-litem, both Missouri residents, were not parties at interest in the litigation and that the proper party to consider for diversity consideration was the insurance company, a non-Missouri resident. This matter proceeded to a jury trial where Ralph was the trucking company’s lead trial counsel. The jury returned a defense verdict in favor of the trucking company.