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Meyer ex rel. Coplin v. Fluor Corporation

220 S.W.3d 712 (Mo. 2007)

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Meyer ex rel. Coplin v. Fluor Corporation

Missouri Supreme Court

220 S.W.3d 712 (Mo. 2007)

Facts

Rebecca Coplin brought a class action against the operator of a lead smelter, the Fluor Corporation (defendant), on behalf of Lani Meyer (plaintiff) and some 200 other children who lived near it. Meyer asserted that she was a member of a class of children exposed to toxic emissions from the smelter. The smelter emitted large quantities of lead into the environment, which is more toxic for children than adults, and often causes latent injuries not discovered until years after exposure. Meyer sought compensatory damages to pay for lead testing and ongoing medical monitoring of local children. However, the trial court refused to certify the class, finding that individual issues would predominate over issues common to the class. Meyer appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in requiring a present physical injury in a medical-monitoring action and focusing on individual-proof issues relevant primarily in personal injury suits.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Teitelman, J.)

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