St. Louis Legal Issues Blog

Missouri Lawyers Weekly Names David M. Duree Influential Appellate Attorney for 2023

Every year, Missouri Lawyers Weekly recognizes the distinguished work of attorneys throughout the state. Attorney David M. Duree has been named Influential Appellate Attorney for 2023 for his work in case State ex rel. Grooms v. Privette, where he represented a circuit court clerk against the judge for whom she worked.  This prestigious honor demonstrates […]

Mar 12 2024      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

How charity scammers can take your money

It seems like we’re always being asked to donate to one good cause or another. We see TV ads featuring sad animals and sick children. Donation requests are everywhere on social media. When a natural disaster or some other calamity hits, these calls for assistance increase. Most of us want to help worthy causes, even […]

Apr 9 2020      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

Bank accused of fraudulently opening customer accounts

Many of our readers remember the scandal involving Wells Fargo back in 2016. Employees were opening millions of fake accounts for real customers in an effort to meet sales goals, which are typically tied to compensation. That was just one of the allegations of fraud against the bank. At the end of 2018, Wells agreed […]

Mar 20 2020      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

Illinois college student sues for excessive force, false arrest

It was just over a year ago when the swim team from East Illinois University (EIU) was returning to the Charleston campus after a championship tournament in South Dakota. The bus the team was riding on pulled off Interstate 80 near an East Moline rest stop. When one swimmer got off the bus to take […]

Mar 1 2020      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

How to avoid unscrupulous tax preparers

The last couple of years have brought a lot of tax changes thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). The TCJA, signed in to law at the end of 2017, prompted a lot of people to seek the help of a professional in preparing their taxes for the first time. When life changes […]

Feb 3 2020      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

Why is Byron Allen going before the Supreme Court?

If you only know Byron Allen as a television (TV) personality from your youth, you may be surprised to find out that he’s become a media mogul. His company Entertainment Studios, which he started 25 years ago, is involved in movies, TV and digital media. Now Allen is facing off against cable giant Comcast Corp. […]

Nov 11 2019      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

Actress’s sentencing reignites issues of race, wealth

When actress Felicity Huffman received a two-week federal prison sentence this month for her role in the college admissions scandal, many people expressed outrage. She was also fined $30,000 and has to do 250 hours of community service. However, Huffman’s 14-day sentence reignited the issue of sentencing inequalities between wealthy, mostly white defendants and poorer […]

Sep 18 2019      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

80 people indicted by feds for romance scams, other fraud

Earlier this year, we discussed “romance scams” and how older people, in particular, are victimized by online scammers claiming to be interested in pursuing a relationship. They convince their victims to send them money to help them travel to see them or for some other bogus reason. Last year, as we noted, romance scams cost […]

Aug 28 2019      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

Missouri officials warn of phony DNA tests

There have been significant advancements in genetic testing in recent years. With a simple swab of the cheek, people can learn whether they have genetic markers that could make them prone to developing serious and potentially fatal diseases, such as certain types of cancer. However, officials with the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) are […]

Aug 16 2019      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection

Lobbyists succeed in weakening smart speaker privacy bill

While many of us have become increasingly dependent on our digital smart speaker devices like Amazon’s Echo and Google Assistant to play our favorite music, create our shopping lists and basically be at our beck and call, there have been questions about just how much these devices actually “hear” and who may be listening. Just […]

Apr 17 2019      On Behalf of  David M. Duree & Associates, P.C.      Civil Rights And Consumer Protection