Summary Judgment for School District in Disability Discrimination Case
Obtained summary judgment for a public school district in a disability discrimination case under the Missouri Human Rights Act. The plaintiff argued that a disability prevented her from performing job duties that became necessary due to distance learning models when schools were closed due to COVID-19. Although the job duties were not explicitly discussed in the job description for her position, we demonstrated that the job duties were essential, performed by all other employees in the department, and there was no other vacant position for which the plaintiff was qualified.
Obtained Defense Verdict for School District on Discrimination, Retaliation Claims
Obtained a full defense jury verdict in Jackson County, Missouri, circuit court for a school district on claims of race and disability discrimination and retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act, and retaliation under Missouri's public employee whistleblower protection statute. The plaintiff, who had been terminated from employment following discovery of time fraud, sought more than $500,000 in damages.
Summary Judgment for Life Insurance Company Relating to $1.5 Million Death Benefit
Secured summary judgment for a life insurance company alleged to have wrongfully denied a $1.5 million death benefit by demonstrating that the purported beneficiary waived any claim to the death benefit through a marriage settlement agreement.
Defense Verdict in Discrimination, Retaliation Case
Obtained a defense verdict in a Jackson County, Missouri jury trial on claims of race, gender, and national origin discrimination and retaliation. The plaintiff alleged that she did not receive a new contract as a school vice principal after making complaints of retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act.
Defense Verdict in Jury Trial for School District
Obtained a defense verdict in a Jackson County, Missouri jury trial in favor of our client, a school district. The plaintiff alleged reverse race discrimination, harassment and retaliation related to his termination as a constructive services department manager. The court entered summary judgment on the harassment and retaliation claims just before trial. The jury returned a unanimous defense verdict on the reverse discrimination claim.
Summary Judgment on Judicial Estoppel Grounds in Discrimination, Retaliation Case
Obtained summary judgment in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, on judicial estoppel grounds to prevent a client’s former employee from proceeding with claims of discrimination and retaliation under the Missouri Human Rights Act. We persuaded the court that the plaintiff's failure to disclose the underlying charges of discrimination during his earlier Chapter 13 bankruptcy action constituted an inconsistent statement that prevented him from asserting such claims going forward.
Compelled Arbitration in Putative Class Action Against Consumer Website
Summary Judgment for Restaurant Client on Title VII Claims
Obtained summary judgment on Title VII claims in Kansas federal court for client in restaurant industry. The plaintiff alleged race discrimination, harassment and retaliation, and sought $225,000 in damages.
Defense Verdict Regarding Unpaid Overtime Allegations
Secured a defense verdict in a Jackson County, Missouri, jury trial regarding a former employee's allegations of unpaid overtime, in violation of the Missouri Minimum Wage Law.
Missouri Human Rights Act Trial Work
Tried several Missouri Human Rights Act cases to juries in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri, including claims of age, race, gender and disability discrimination; race and age retaliation; and age and disability harassment/hostile work environment.
Summary Judgment in $850,000 Employment Contract Dispute
Obtained summary judgment in Missouri state court on behalf of an employer in the Health Care and Life Sciences field. A former employee had sought over $850,000 in alleged unpaid bonuses.
Defense Verdict for Insurance Client
Obtained a defense verdict for our insurance client following a three-week trial. The plaintiff sought $3.1 million related to a consent decree where it agreed to clean up soil and groundwater contamination from a manufacturing site. The insurers asserted that the plaintiff knew about the contamination for decades and did not properly notify its insurers, and that prior claims had been made associated with the contamination without proper notice. The jury found in favor of the insurers on all claims.
Summary Judgment in Qui Tam Action Alleging Medicare Fraud
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of health care client in a qui tam action under the False Claims Act. In this case, the whistle blower sought over $1 billion, based on all claims submitted. The judgment, regarding allegation of Medicare fraud, was successfully defended on appeal.
Dismissal of Suit for Public Entity in the Education Industry
Won a dismissal after removal to federal court on behalf of a public entity and its employees for failure to exhaust administrative remedies with proper administrative agency.
Preliminary Injunction in Discrimination Investigation Matter
Obtained a preliminary injunction order in federal court enjoining the Missouri Commission on Human Rights from investigating allegations of discrimination filed against client.
Defense of Franchisee Against MMPA Claims
Successfully defended a franchisee oil change service against claims under the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act.