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January 22, 2020

Nemechek, Villanueva Obtain Defense Verdict in Chicago Employment Trial

On January 21, 2020, Berkowitz Oliver partners Kathy Nemechek and Jocelyn Villanueva obtained a complete defense verdict in a six-day trial in an employment case for client Ford Motor Company. Tried in federal court in Chicago, the case involved allegations of racial discrimination, harassment and retaliation under Title VII and Section 1981.

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August 1, 2018

Jennifer Wieland Obtains Discharge Upgrade for Veteran Client

Jennifer Wieland recently obtained a discharge upgrade from the Army for her veteran client as part of the Military Matters  program of the  Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation . Jennifer became a VA-accredited attorney in 2015 after participating in the KCMBF’s “Veterans Come First: How to Prosecute a VA Benefits Claim” program, which was presented by Jerry Wolf (Dentons), Angela Drake (University of Missouri School of Law), Celeste Krikorian (Military Order of the Purple Heart), and Sen. Claire McCaskill . When Jennifer’s client was referred to her by KCMBF, his application for a discharge upgrade had …

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July 10, 2017

Tim West Wins Summary Judgment in District of Kansas Defamation Case

Tim West obtained summary judgment for a firm client that owns Hillcrest Country Club in Kansas City. Following an article on concerning the golf course that referenced statements made by persons affiliated with Hillcrest, plaintiff sued both the entity that owns the golf course and the publisher of Plaintiff alleged that statements made about him in the article caused the defendants to be liable to him under theories of defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Judge Crabtree wrote an …

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April 11, 2017

Tim Millman and Nick DiVita Win Jury Trial in Chicago

Berkowitz Oliver partners Tim Millman and Nick DiVita won a jury verdict for client Ford Motor Company in federal court in Chicago on Tuesday, April 11, 2017. The plaintiff in the case claimed he was discharged in retaliation for seeking workers’ comp benefits and sought millions in alleged damages. Ford is a Fortune 100 company and long-time client of Berkowitz Oliver.

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March 27, 2017

Tim West Wins Summary Judgment in Defamation, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Case

As recently noted in the Kansas City Business Journal , Tim West obtained summary judgment for his client in the federal court for the District of Kansas. In this case, the plaintiff alleged defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of a article concerning Hillcrest Country Club. Judge Crabtree’s opinion detailing Kansas law on these issues can be found here .

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