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  • Missouri Supreme Court changes causation standard in workers’ compensation retaliation cases

    Missouri law previously required that to recover for retaliatory discharge based on the filing of a workers’ compensation claim, the terminated employee must show that the work comp claim was the “exclusive cause” for his or her discharge. In other words, the employee had to prove that the work comp claim was the only reason for the alleged retaliatory discharge. The employer’s proof of any other valid reason for termination generally defeated the employee’s retaliatory discharge discrimination claim.

  • Blogger Beware: Social Media Usage and Implications on Potential or Pending Litigation

    The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines social media as, “forms of electronic communication through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content.” 

  • Greg Spies obtains a temporary restraining order

    McDowell Rice obtained a temporary restraining order in Johnson County District Court preserving the court’s jurisdiction and restraining the defendants and their two international law firms from pursuing a temporary restraining order in a later filed Georgia state court action seeking to prohibit McDowell Rice's client from enforcing its contract in the pending Kansas action.

  • Understanding the "vacancy” provisions in your building insurance policy

    The recent decision in Oakdale Mall Associates vs. Cincinnati Insurance Company, 702 F3d 1119 (8th Cir. 2013) reminds landlords to check their insurance coverage, especially for vacant buildings.  Oakdale shows that determining whether your building is vacant is a technical task.  “Vacancy” may permit your insurance carrier to assert reduced coverages or deny claim payment altogether.  The terms of your insurance policy control whether “vacant” buildings are covered.  You must understand the policy’s definition of “vacant”.

  • McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan Announces 2014 Executive Board Members

    At its 2014 Annual Meeting, McDowell Rice Smith &  Buchanan, P.C., announced that Linda C. McFee was elected to the Executive Board along with the re-election of R. Pete Smith as Chairman, Thomas R. Buchanan as President, Brian J.

  • MRSB Volunteer Program – 2013 in Review

    Every year, our goal for the McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan Volunteer Program is to achieve 100% participation, and we did so again in 2013 with every attorney and staff member volunteering their time for over 80 personally-selected charities.  In addition to our volunteer efforts, Firm members contributed and/or helped raise over $92,100  in support of  approximately 50 charities and various fundraising campaigns throughout the Kansas City area. 

  • Mike Gorman defeats NLRB unfair labor practice charge

    Client is a family owned fast food restaurant.  In August, 2013, several of restaurant’s employees struck as a part of the nation-wide fast food workers’ strike.  Following the one day strike, one striker, with union assistance, brought a NLRB unfair labor practices charge against restaurant.  Employee claimed that restaurant cut his hours and changed his duties as a result of his participation in the strike. 

  • Rebecca Martin achieves offer in compromise success

    During 2013, Rebecca filed Offers in Compromises for taxpayers which were accepted by the IRS compromising over $3.5 million in liabilities.  Of the Offers in Compromises accepted, three were accepted under effective tax administration / public policy criteria.

  • Salvation Army and United Way Charity "Calls to Action" Answered

    This year, McDowell Rice committed to a record-breaking number of adoptions, surpassing our former record. McDowell Rice also collected over $5,000 in donations during the 2013 United Way Campaign, slightly higher than last year's donations.

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