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False Claims Act Dismissal Obtained by Partner Nick Kurt

March 5, 2017

Partner Nick Kurt recently obtained a dismissal of a claim brought under the False Claims Act (“FCA”) against Quicken Loans in federal court in Kansas. The Court adopted Nick’s analysis and held that the plaintiff failed to comply with the procedural requirements of the FCA. The Court also held that the plaintiff failed to state a claim establishing liability under the FCA. The Court then declined to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over the plaintiff’s remaining claims. The plaintiff moved for reconsideration of the Order dismissing the claim under the FCA, but that motion was recently denied. For the complete dismissal order, click here.


Associate Solana Flora Attends Advocacy Day at Kansas Statehouse for SAFEHOME

March 3, 2017

Berkowitz Oliver attorney Solana Flora attended the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence’s 14th Annual Advocacy Day at the Kansas Statehouse on February 8, 2017. Solana is a member of the Board of Directors of SAFEHOME, Johnson County’s domestic violence agency. She attended the Advocacy Day with SAFEHOME’s President/CEO, Executive Vice President, and several other Board members in order to advocate on behalf of the agency’s life-saving services.


Partner Nick Kurt Wins Dismissal on Subject Matter Jurisdiction in Federal Court

March 2, 2017

Partner Nick Kurt recently obtained a complete dismissal of a legal malpractice action against his client in federal court in Kansas. The Court held that it lacked subject matter over the plaintiff’s claims. For the complete order, click here.


Morris, DiVita and Wieland Obtain Federal Court Dismissal for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction

February 28, 2017

Berkowitz Oliver partners Jeff Morris, Nick DiVita and Jennifer Wieland recently obtained a complete dismissal of their clients from a lawsuit filed in federal court in┬áKansas. The Court held there was no personal jurisdiction in Kansas over non-residents Smaller Earth, Inc. and Camp Leaders USA. The Court considered whether the non-resident defendants had “minimum contacts” with Kansas and concluded they did not. For an analysis of the Court’s dismissal order, click here.


Potential Changes to Missouri Human Rights Act Described by Partner Tim West

February 21, 2017

There are several bills currently pending in the Missouri legislature designed to modify the Missouri Human Rights Act, writes Berkowitz Oliver Partner Tim West. To read his recent article describing the proposed modifications to the Act, click here.