MRSB News

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...

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 suppo...

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 chan...

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 r...

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. Under the prior version of Section 432.047, Subsection 2, a debtor could not maintain an action or defense relating to a ...

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan - Ingrams Best Companies to Work For

McDowell Rice Smith & Buchanan is distinguished as a Winner (Small Company category) in Ingram's 201...