Laura J. Bettenhausen: Lawyer with Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice, L.L.C.

Laura J. Bettenhausen

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St. Louis,  MO  U.S.A.
Phone314.231.2925

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Practice Areas

  • Complex, Class Action & MDL
  • Commercial
  • Rails-to-Trails
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Automotive
  • Trucking
  • Construction
  • Food & Beverage
  • Banking
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality & Leisure
  • Insurance
  • Pharmaceutical & Medical Device
  • Retail
 
University University of Missouri, Columbia, Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa Society member, Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society member, 2005
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Missouri - Columbia School of Law, J.D., Lead Articles Editor, Journal of Dispute Resolution, Dean’s List, 2008
 
AdmittedMissouri; Illinois; U.S. Court of Federal Claims; USDC, Southern District of Illinois; USDC, Central District of Illinois; USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
 
Memberships 

Memberships & Activities
•The Women Lawyers' Association of Greater St. Louis
•The Lawyers Association of St. Louis
•Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers
•MODL Trial Academy, 2012

•Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
•Young Lawyers Division, Board Member, 2014

•The Illinois Bar
•The Missouri Bar

 
Biography

Laura Bettenhausen received her Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Law. She was the Lead Articles Editor of the Journal of Dispute Resolution. Her practice includes the areas of products liability, premises liability, general negligence, and insurance. She also has participated in class action litigation and has experience in cases involving commercial disputes. She has successfully represented clients in three bench trials (Missouri and Illinois), each resulting in a Judgment in favor of Defendant. Laura has provided legal advice to a large local organization regarding its policies and procedures in an effort to improve internal operations and reduce its liability exposure.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

•Chapter 2 Missouri Litigation Settlements, (MoBar 2nd Ed., 2009 Cumulative Supplement)(Contributor).

•Note, The FAA and the USERRA: Pro-Arbitration Policies Can Undermine Federal Protection of Military Personnel, 2007 J. Disp. Resol. 267.

•Note, Sacrificing Settlement Agreements in the Name of Mediation Confidentiality: The California Supreme Court's Narrow Holding has Harsh Consequences, 2007 J. Disp. Resol. 567.

News & Events

Bettenhausen Selected to Attend MODL's 22nd Annual Trial Academy

12.20.11 Laura Bettenhausen has been selected to attend the Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers 22nd Annual John L. Oliver, Jr. Trial Academy scheduled for March 28-30, 2012 at the MU School of Law, Columbia, MO. . .

ResultsJudgment attained for attending obstetrician in birth injury case.

BSCR obtained a jury verdict in favor of our client, The Doctors Company, after a week-long trial. The case had been filed and dismissed on two prior occasions when BSCR attorneys were able to negate or nullify the expert testimony of plaintiffs. On the third attempt. . .

Blog Posts

Medical Malpractice: Strict Compliance with the Missouri Health Care Affidavit Statute is a Must

06.16.14 Medical malpractice plaintiffs must comply with the Health Care Affidavit statute (Mo.Rev.Stat. 538.225), or face dismissal.

Workers' Compensation + Retaliation = Missouri Supreme Court adopts the contributing factor standard

04.22.14 A man who sued his former employer, alleging he was discharged in retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim, appealed on the basis that the trial court used a jury instruction with the wrong standard. In a 5-2 decision written by Judge George W. Draper III, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected the 'exclusive causation' standard and replaced it with the contributing factor standard. On remand and in future cases, the jury must determine whether the plaintiff's filing of a workers' compensation claim was a contributing factor to his or her discharge.

A Winning Strategy: Using Publicly Available FDA Documents in a 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss is Advantageous

02.10.14 In Poll v. Stryker Sustainability Solutions, Inc., et al., the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona notably held that courts may take judicial notice of documents on the FDA's website when considering a motion to dismiss. 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6309 (D. Az. Jan. 17, 2014).

Mississippi v. Au Optronics: Will There be an Increase in Parens Patriae Suits?

01.22.14 On January 14th, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Mississippi ex rel. Jim Hood, Attorney General v. Au Optronics Corp., et al., No. 12-1036, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 645, and made clear that in order to sustain a mass action in federal court pursuant to the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), plaintiffs must be named parties before the court.

The Eighth Circuit Paves the Way for More Removals under CAFA's Mass Action Provision

12.04.13 The Eighth Circuit's recent opinion in Atwell v. Boston Scientific Corporation is bound to have an impact on mass action litigation nationwide. Atwell involves the interpretation of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), which provides for the removal from state to federal court of certain actions, including mass actions.

Blog PostsMedical Malpractice: Strict Compliance with the Missouri Health Care Affidavit Statute is a Must

06.16.14 Medical malpractice plaintiffs must comply with the Health Care Affidavit statute (Mo.Rev.Stat. 538.225), or face dismissal.

Workers' Compensation + Retaliation = Missouri Supreme Court adopts the contributing factor standard

04.22.14 A man who sued his former employer, alleging he was discharged in retaliation for filing a workers' compensation claim, appealed on the basis that the trial court used a jury instruction with the wrong standard. In a 5-2 decision written by Judge George W. Draper III, the Missouri Supreme Court rejected the 'exclusive causation' standard and replaced it with the contributing factor standard. On remand and in future cases, the jury must determine whether the plaintiff's filing of a workers' compensation claim was a contributing factor to his or her discharge.

A Winning Strategy: Using Publicly Available FDA Documents in a 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss is Advantageous

02.10.14 In Poll v. Stryker Sustainability Solutions, Inc., et al., the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona notably held that courts may take judicial notice of documents on the FDA's website when considering a motion to dismiss. 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6309 (D. Az. Jan. 17, 2014).

Mississippi v. Au Optronics: Will There be an Increase in Parens Patriae Suits?

01.22.14 On January 14th, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Mississippi ex rel. Jim Hood, Attorney General v. Au Optronics Corp., et al., No. 12-1036, 2014 U.S. LEXIS 645, and made clear that in order to sustain a mass action in federal court pursuant to the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), plaintiffs must be named parties before the court.

The Eighth Circuit Paves the Way for More Removals under CAFA's Mass Action Provision

12.04.13 The Eighth Circuit's recent opinion in Atwell v. Boston Scientific Corporation is bound to have an impact on mass action litigation nationwide. Atwell involves the interpretation of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA), which provides for the removal from state to federal court of certain actions, including mass actions.

 
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Medical Malpractice: Strict Compliance with the Missouri Health Care Affidavit Statute is a Must
Laura J. Bettenhausen, June 23, 2014
In a procedurally convoluted case entitled Mayes v. St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, the Missouri Supreme Court has issued a straightforward warning to medical malpractice plaintiffs: strict compliance with the health care affidavit requirement of Mo.Rev.Stat. § 538.225 is mandatory....

Strict Compliance with the Missouri Health Care Affidavit Statute is a Must
Laura J. Bettenhausen, June 18, 2014
In a procedurally convoluted case entitled Mayes v. St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, the Missouri Supreme Court has issued a straightforward warning to medical malpractice plaintiffs: strict compliance with the health care affidavit requirement of Mo.Rev.Stat. § 538.225 is mandatory....

Workers' Compensation + Retaliation = Missouri Supreme Court Adopts the "Contributing Factor" Standard
Laura J. Bettenhausen, April 29, 2014
On April 15th, the Missouri Supreme Court abandoned the “exclusive factor” test and replaced it with the “contributing factor” test in cases under Section 287.780 R.S.Mo., in which former employees claim they were fired due to the fact that they filed a workers’...

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