Obtained Dismissal for Midwestern Livestock Show Relating to Governance
Served as lead counsel in suit brought against a historic Midwestern livestock show. The plaintiffs sought a court order mandating that they be allowed to participate in future competitions. Obtained dismissal of plaintiffs’ claims, thereby protecting the right of a private organization to govern its competitions.
Favorable Settlement for Grain Manufacturer in Price-Fixing Suit Against Vitamin Manufacturers
Represented a grain manufacturer pursing price-fixing claims against international vitamin manufacturers. Litigation resulted in a favorable settlement for our client.
Citations Vacated for Client in OSHA Evidentiary Hearing
Defended company in OSHA evidentiary hearing in which company asserted that installation of wood trusses constituted steel erection. Administrative Law Judge agreed and vacated the citations.
Successfully Defended Contractor in Arbitration Against Seven-Figure Claim
Defended general contractor in seven-figure claim brought by an asbestos contractor in arbitration. Arbitrator’s award to asbestos contractor was five percent of the amount sought and was less than the general contractor had offered in settlement.
Defended Client in Waste Regulation Action Affirmed on Appeal
Defended client in an action against the Missouri Air Conservation Commission. The judge invalidated Missouri medical waste, industrial waste and sewage sludge incinerator regulations in the first of the “no stricter than” cases brought under the Missouri Clean Air Act. The decision was affirmed on appeal by the Missouri Court of Appeals.
Successful Outcome in Cases Related to Misinterpretation, Misapplication of Lockout/Tagout Standard
Defended numerous employers in cases in which OSHA was persuaded that it misinterpreted or misapplied the lockout/tagout standard.
Acquisition of Franchise Restaurants
Represented a private investment firm in its acquisition of franchise restaurant outlets across multiples states. Handled the acquisition agreement and other operative documents, due diligence, franchise documentation and licensing.
No Willful Violations for Publicly Traded Company
Defended publicly traded company in a two-week OSHA evidentiary hearing involving multiple alleged willful violations at a meat plant. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge determined there were no willful violations.
No Prosecution for Client in Multiple Fatality Case Referred to the U.S. Attorney
Defended a company in a multiple fatality case that resulted in an OSHA referral to the U.S. Attorney for prosecution. After meeting with the U.S. Attorney, no prosecution resulted.
Citations Vacated for Client in Fatality Involving Construction Crane
Defended company in an OSHA evidentiary hearing involving a fatality on a crane. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Administrative Law Judge vacated all citations.
No Willful Violations in Case Involving Availability of Rescue Boat
Defended company in OSHA evidentiary hearing involving facility and availability of rescue boat. The Administrative Law Judge determined violation was not willful.
Six Citations Vacated for Electrical Equipment Manufacturer
Defended manufacturer of electrical equipment in OSHA evidentiary hearing where issues all involved possible electrocution hazards associated with high voltage equipment. The Administrative Law Judge vacated all six citations that were issued.
Favorable Result for Company Cited in Violation of OSHA Silica PEL
Defended company that received citation alleging exceedance of OSHA’s silica PEL. Convinced OSHA the sample results were invalid, resulting in withdrawal of citation.
Defended Magnesium Recycler in EPA Cost Recovery Action
Defended magnesium recycler in EPA cost recovery action in Pennsylvania including negotiating consent decree and private party allocation.
Successfully Resolved Matter for Company in OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program
Defended company placed in OSHA Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP) involving combustible dust explosion and serious injuries. The case was settled with no willful violations and the company was removed from SVEP.
Representation of Manufacturing Company in Soil and Groundwater Cleanups
Represented manufacturing company in soil and multi-plume groundwater cleanups of PCBs and solvents in Missouri. Persuaded EPA to pursue separate source of groundwater contamination. Site is located in close proximity to drinking water wellfield.
Defended Publicly Traded Company in Cleanup of VOCs, Lead
Represented publicly traded company performing environmental cleanup of VOCs and lead under the Unilateral Administrative Order at a wildlife refugee in Illinois that was a WWII ordnance plant.
Defended Company Performing Cleanup at Superfund Site
Defended company who performed $28 million environmental cleanup of PCBs, asbestos and TCE at Superfund site, formerly used for automotive manufacturing, under Administrative Settlement Agreement and Order on Consent. The site is located in a residential area and will be transformed into a recreational facility.
Successfully Defended Snack Chip Manufacturer Against Infringement, Other Claims
Successfully defended client against claims of patent infringement, trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation and unfair competition brought by leading manufacturer of snack chips. Secured a defense verdict on all claims.
Defense Verdict in Premises Liability Action
Defended client in a premises liability action where the plaintiff claims she was injured after tripping in the client's parking lot. A jury trial held in Jackson County, Missouri. Jury returned a complete defense verdict.
Successful Licensure for Missouri Client to Operate Vertically-Integrated Hemp CBD Oil Production Facility
Assisted our client in preparing a competitive license application that received one of only two licenses issued after Missouri passed laws in 2014 that created a commercial CBD oil industry to treat registered patients with intractable epilepsy.
Successful Licensure for Client in Illinois Medical Marijuana Industry
Assisted our client in preparing detailed applications for licenses to grow and dispense medical marijuana in an intensely competitive process under Illinois’s 2014 Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. Over 370 applications were filed in Illinois for just 81 licenses. Our client won a license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary in suburban Chicago.
Acquisition of Beer Distribution Business
Represented St. Louis regional beer distributor in the purchase of a distributing company serving southeastern Missouri. The acquisition adds to the client’s annual distribution volume and expands its market share in the region.
Favorable Resolution in Dispute Between Medical Marijuana Dispensary Owners
Assisted a client in resolving a closely held corporate dispute between owners and officers of a medical marijuana dispensary. We thwarted another owner’s efforts to appropriate our client's ownership interest and breach his management and consulting agreement, then negotiated a favorable resolution.
Successful Representation of Marijuana Law Client in Administrative Proceeding in Colorado
Successfully represented a client with a retail cultivation license in an administrative proceeding brought by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the Marijuana Enforcement Division. The client had been under a Summary Suspension and Rule to Show Cause Order for three months and was a few weeks from being evicted from his facility. We quickly secured a meeting with the government representatives and negotiate a resolution of the Show Cause that included no fine and minimal absence from the industry, which was the client’s primary objective.
Secured Withdrawal of OSHA Citations for Manufacturing Client
Defended company that received two willful citations under OSHA lead standard when manufacturing with leaded brass. OSHA withdrew both willful citations.
Secured Withdrawal of OSHA Citations Relating to Hexavalent Chrome Standard
Defended company that received 14 citations under OSHA's hexavalent chrome standard, including alleged exceedance of PEL. OSHA withdrew 12 of 14 citations.
Multimillion-Dollar Sale of Agricultural Processing Company
Represented client in multi-million dollar sale of agricultural processing company to national food services company. Representation included resolution of matter related to transfer of special Missouri agricultural tax credits.
Obtained Securities Registration Exemption in Construction of New Mill
Assisted client with obtaining securities registration exemption for Missouri new generation processing entities for purpose of construction of new mill. Worked with Missouri Agricultural and Small Business Development Authority and the Missouri Securities Division to secure the exemption paving the way for capital formation necessary for construction of a new facility.
Defense, Resolution of Class Action Lawsuits under Fair Credit Reporting Act
Successfully defended and resolved a number of class action lawsuits against major corporations brought under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) for alleged violations of the provisions of the FCRA applicable to employment background checks.
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