Law School to Host Missouri Court of Appeals Special Session – October 21

The law school is hosting a Special Session of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District on Monday, October 21 in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (AB Hall, No. 310) beginning at 9:30 a.m. The attorneys for the three cases―regarding a tort bought by a Missouri man against a Texas car dealer; a compensation dispute between a man and his employer; and a man convicted of second-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, disarming a police officer, and other charges―will have 15 minutes each to argue their sides. A Q&A on judicial procedure and an informal Q&A on judicial clerkships will follow, ending at about 11:30 a.m. 

The cases center on: 

  • A Missouri man who purchased a vehicle on eBay from a car dealer in Texas. When the vehicle required repairs he thought should be covered by warranty and the car dealer refused to pay for the work, he sued the dealer in St. Louis County Circuit Court. However, the Texas company argued—and the Circuit Court jury agreed—that the man could not sue in Missouri because he had bought the car from a Texas company. 
  • A man who was hired as an executive for a tire and rubber company. After he terminated his employment, he claimed that he had not received all of the “performance bonus” compensation he was due according to the terms of his employment contract. A jury ruled against the employee, citing Missouri’s “employment at-will doctrine” and  “reserved contractual discretion.” 
  • A man involved in an altercation with a police officer disputed his convictions for second-degree assault of a police officer, resisting arrest, and disarming a police officer. He argued that the jury instructions deprived him of his rights to due process of law and a fair trial as guaranteed by the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and Article I, §§10 and 18(a) of the Missouri Constitution. 

Visitors are asked to enter and exit only during breaks in the arguments. All students are encouraged to attend as much of the session as their schedules allow.  

The panel will be made up of Chief Judge Robert M. Clayton; Judge Angela T. Quigless; and Judge Lisa Van Amburg. The court periodically holds special sessions at law schools as part of an educational outreach program. The briefs can be accessed below. 

Please make every effort to be as quiet as possible while the court is in session, both in the hallway and while entering and exiting the courtroom. The doors for the courtroom will open at the end of each case. Please do not wear any ball caps and leave your backpacks and laptops behind. Please also do not bring any food or drink into the courtroom.   

The cases in the order they will be heard are:  

9:30 a.m., AP Civil Appeal Circuit, ED99334 
Issiah Andra vs. Left Gate Property Holding Inc.
 

[view case summary]
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view appellant’s brief]
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view respondent’s brief] 

10 a.m. (approx.), AP Civil Appeal Circuit, ED99211
John T. Schwent, Jr., vs. Purcell Tire & Rubber Co. 
 

[view case summary]
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view appellant’s brief]
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view respondent’s brief
[view appellant’s reply brief] 

10:30 a.m. (approx.), AP Criminal Appeal Circuit, ED99198
State of Missouri vs. Vernon Collins
 

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view appellant’s brief]
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view respondent’s brief]