MRSB News

Summary judgment victory in tortious interference case

McDowell Rice’s client was successful in defeating Defendant’s motion for summary judgment arguing that Plaintiff’s claims for tortious interference were barred as compulsory counterclaims, by collateral estoppel and because Plaintiffs could not prove their claims because Defendant’s communications were legally justified. In addition, McDowell, Ric...

Mike Gorman wins summary judgment in Missouri State Court wrongful termination case

In January 2010, Mike Gorman won summary judgment in favor of the defendants in a wrongful termination (whistleblower) lawsuit filed in Missouri state court. Plaintiff was hired to start and run a new business operation for a closely held company, in a business where he claimed vast experience. After plaintiff failed to attract a single paying c...

Tom Buchanan obtains Nevada Supreme Court Order which severely limits damage exposure for engineering consulting firm

On March 26, 2009, McDowell, Rice attorney Tom Buchanan obtained a landmark ruling from the Supreme Court of Nevada. In turn, the ruling led to an extremely favorable settlement of a major case for his client, a national engineering firm. In this case, The Mandalay Resort Group sued for negligence and breach of contract arising out of the design an...

Pete Smith guides business clients through stressful economic times

Pete Smith is well known in the legal community for his tenacious and effective trial advocacy. However, he also is recognized nationally for his expertise in guiding clients through difficult business and economic problems. In today’s troubled economy, clients call on Mr. Smith for practical legal advice and creative solutions to their business d...

Tiffany McFarland Appointed to Johnson County Bar Board

Tiffany A. McFarland was appointed by Judge Christina Dunn Gyllenborg to serve on the Johnson County...

United States Supreme Court clarifies procedure in "core" bankruptcy matters that are outside the jurisdiction of bankruptcy courts

On June 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion clarifying the procedure to be followed in a "Stern"case, a case involving a matter which Congress classified as within a Bankruptcy Court's "Core" jurisdiction, but which the Constitution does not permit to be decided by a non-Article III judge. The Court held the appropri...

McDowell Rice announces the addition of Ania Wlodek Moncrief as an Associate

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan PC announced that Ania Wlodek Moncrief has joined the Firm as an Associate and will practice in the Firm’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group. Prior to joining McDowell Rice, Ms. Moncrief served as a law clerk for several of the judges of the District Court of Johnson County, Kansas. Ms. Moncrief received h...

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.” In 2013, the Pew Research Centers Internet & American Life Project reported that 73% of online adults now use a social media/networking site ...

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 retalia...

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan Announces 2014 Executive Board Members

At its 2014 Annual Meeting, McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan, P.C., announced the re-election of R. P...