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

February 28, 2017

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

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 Kansas. 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 .

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February 21, 2017

Potential Changes to Missouri Human Rights Act Described by Tim West

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

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February 20, 2017

Proposed Tightening of Missouri Venue, Joinder Rules Addressed in Articles by Tim West

Tim West recently published articles regarding legislation under consideration in Missouri that would tighten venue and joinder rules in tort cases – essentially making it harder to bring tort claims in the state. These measures are moving fairly quickly through the House and Senate and look certain to pass in the near future. These are bills that Governor Greitens called for in his State of the State address and are all but certain to be signed into law upon reaching his desk. For the complete articles, …

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February 18, 2017

Berkowitz Oliver Hosts Presentation on Human Rights Law

Berkowitz Oliver recently hosted Matt Eisenbrandt for a presentation concerning his book Assassination of a Saint: The Plot to Murder Oscar Romero and the Quest to Bring His Killers to Justice. Matt, a Kansas City native, is the son of partner Jim Eisenbrandt . He is a human rights lawyer, and the former Legal Director for the Center for Justice and Accountability in San Francisco. He is presently the Legal Director for the Canadian Centre for International Justice. The book tells the true story …

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February 17, 2017

Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation Chapter Authored by Partner Nick DiVita

Berkowitz Oliver partner Nick DiVita recently authored the Missouri and Kansas “Fraud and Negligent Misrepresentation” section for the forthcoming Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association Business Torts handbook revision.  Nick is also serving as one of five editors of the handbook. Nick has been selected as a Super Lawyer in Business Litigation every year since 2010.

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February 8, 2017

Partner Tim West on Criminal Sentencing Bills in Missouri

Berkowitz Oliver partner Tim West recently wrote an article regarding bills under consideration in the Missouri Legislature related to criminal sentencing. For a link to the article, click here .

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February 7, 2017

Partner Jim Eisenbrandt on Professionalism in Litigation

Berkowitz Oliver partner Jim Eisenbrandt participated in a panel entitled “ Professionalism: Litigation by the Masters ” at the Kansas Legal Revitalization Conference on February 3, 2017. The panel also included Henry A. (Hank) Meyer III, Hon. Janice Miller Karlin, Morgan Chu, and Rudolph F. Pierce.

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February 2, 2017

Partner John Shaw Presents on 21st Century Litigation

Berkowitz Oliver partner John Shaw presented at the Kansas Legal Revitalization Conference on February 2, 2017, regarding Litigation in the 21st Century . Speaking on a panel with the Hon. Stephen Bough, Liesa Richter, Lynn R. Johnson, and Steven Gensler, the presentation addressed issues involving the intersection of evidence the civil rules, and video/technology. For a link to the presentation materials, click here .

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