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.
$2.3 Million Judgment for Insurance Client
Secured judgment for insurance client and its insured in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri for more than $2.3 million in a case concerning which of two insurers would pay for the settlement of an underlying civil action. Following jury and bench trials in favor of the client, the court awarded nearly all damages sought as well as more than $646,000 in prejudgment interest.
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.
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.
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.
Obtained Reversal of Decision in Favor of Education Client
Argued a case to the Missouri Supreme Court obtaining reversal of lower court's judgment allowing damages in excess of the statutory damage cap. The Court found, for the first time, that a sovereign entity's liability is capped at $300,000 (plus inflation) irrespective of the amount of liability insurance purchased by the sovereign.
Secured Defense Verdict for Client on Appeal
Secured writ of prohibition for education industry client, making defense verdict final. Investigated and responded to untimely post-verdict attempt to amend pleadings. Prevailed on appeal when post-verdict actions attempted without jurisdiction.
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.