Parrish v. City Utilities

Plaintiff Charles Parrish brought claims against City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri for damages to his Christian County, Missouri property arising out of the use of a permanent easement by the utility company when repairing a 16 inch natural gas pipeline.  The case was submitted to the jury under the theories of failure to restore an easement, trespass within the easement, and trespass outside of the easement through the diversion of a natural watercourse.  On September 1, 2016 a jury returned a verdict in favor of Mr. Parrish on all three counts submitted and awarded damages in the total amount of $127,500.  Plaintiff then sought attorneys' fees on the trespass counts pursuant to Section 523.283.  The parties settled on September 29, 2016 for $146,364.63.  This case was tried by attorneys Robert M.N. Palmer and Mark E. Brinkmann.

 

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