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  • 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.

  • Rob Maher and Kristie Orme obtain $1.9 million judgment for bank against borrower

    After filing suit on behalf of a bank client against a borrower and a number of other lienholders for default under a commercial loan, Rob Maher and Kristie Orme successfully obtained summary judgment against the borrower and the junior lienholders for all amounts owed under the loan documents plus attorneys' fees and costs. The borrower and a junior lienholder opposed the bank's summary judgment motion on various legal grounds.

  • Mike Gorman wins $1.2 million Summary Judgment for Floor Plan Lender in New York Federal Court “Out of Trust” case

    Lender floor planned an auto dealer in New York. Dealer sold cars out of trust and diverted $1.2 million of vehicle proceeds to personal use. Floor Plan Lender, represented by Gorman, sued Dealer in New York Federal Court for Replevin and Breach of Contract, and sued Dealer’s Guarantors for Breach of Contract.

  • Super Lawyers 2013 Annual List

    Congratulations to the following attorneys who have been selected to the 2013 Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers List in their primary practice area, and are featured in the 2013 Super Lawyers Magazine for Missouri & Kansas:

  • National arbitration panel backs State of Iowa in tobacco payment dispute

    McDowell Rice served as co-counsel for the State of Iowa in a national arbitration in which a three-member panel comprised of former Article III judges unanimously ruled on September 11, 2013 that the State of Iowa “diligently enforced” state laws against tobacco companies that did not sign the $206 billion, 25-year Master Settlement Agreement in 1998 between the tobacco companies and 46 states, including Iowa.

  • Important change to Missouri Commercial Credit Agreement Statute

    Effective August 28, 2013, the Missouri statute relating to commercial credit agreements, Section 432.047, has been changed to add the requirement that any credit agreements must be executed by both the debtor and the lender.

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