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‘Insane’ $82 Million Verdict Suggests Missouri Trial Courts Take Cues from ‘Hellhole’ of a High Court

Apparently taking cues from the Supreme Court of Missouri, currently the sixth-ranked Judicial Hellhole, a Jackson County court this month rendered what is perhaps the most absurd plaintiff’s verdict thus far in 2015.states14_MO

As reported by the Associated Press, the jury assessed about $82 million in damages — nearly all of it in punitive damages — against a debt-collection firm that repeatedly demanded $1,130 from a Kansas City woman who had not incurred the debt.

The case arose two years ago when Maria Guadalupe Mejia Alcantara was first sued by Portfolio Recovery Associates LLC for alleged failure to pay a credit card debt.

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