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Posted in Blog on September 19, 2018   |  by Gary Burger

$113 Million Verdict

Below, I discuss a truck crash case we just concluded and a settlement of a case in Illinois showing the dangers of electing Supreme Court Judges. But first, an update on the $113 Million Verdict in the Correction officer class action case.

We filed an extensive Motion to Amend the Judgment, Approve a Distribution Plan for the Class, Pay our class representatives service fees, and pay us attorney fees and expenses.

We argued the Motion last Thursday, and the court granted all the Amendments to the original Judgment we requested. In the argument I remarked on the hard work we did to secure the Verdict and the local and national import and news about it.

In addition to the very high amount of the judgment, we obtained important equitable relief against the Department of Corrections to prohibit them from continuing to rip off corrections officers and to fix their broken system.

We will continue the fight. We anticipate an appeal and continued opposition by the DOC and Attorney General Hawley. Email us if you have any questions about the case that are not answered here or on our webpage.

Here's a link to our web page about the Case with tons of information and pleadings. To see the Amended Judgment and our Motion for same, go about 2/3 down and you will see them in orange. Click on those and you can view or download PDFs of these documents.

Here is a link to a recent article in the Jefferson City Paper about my argument and the Court's order. Some quotes from the article:

Burger said the more the person worked, the more they potentially could get. Under the system they are proposing, the highest amount paid would be around $34,000, but there are many who would get less than $600. He said the average would be around $5,000.

Joyce approved part of the plan Burger argued for which was a stipulation making the DOC implement a system that would accurately track the amount of time its officers work.

Joyce ordered in no more than 90 days from Friday, the DOC shall implement a system that maintains comprehensive, accurate and reliable records of all time worked by Corrections officers and payment for pre- and post-shift work. DOC also shall make all such records available to the Missouri Corrections Officers Association, the plaintiffs in this case and Joyce for inspection upon request.