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October 17, 2016

Partner Christina DiGirolamo Wahl on Bank Fraud Statute

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Shaw v. U.S., No. 15-5991, on October 4, 2016. A key issue in this case is whether the bank-fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. 1344(1), which makes it a crime to execute, or attempt to execute, a scheme to defraud a financial institution, requires proof of a specific intent not only to deceive, but also to cheat, a bank out of funds. For the full article by Christina DiGirolamo Wahl , click here .

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September 23, 2016

Partner Jennifer Wieland on FLSA Settlement Confidentiality

Confidentiality clauses are standard in commercial settlement agreements. It is common practice for parties to agree not to disclose the terms of their settlement to anyone except spouses, attorneys, and tax or financial advisors. However, a recent Kansas federal court order found such a provision to be overly-restrictive in an FLSA case and resulted in the Court refusing to approve the settlement. For the full article by Jennifer Wieland , click here .

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September 22, 2016

Carson Hinderks Joins Berkowitz Oliver

Carson Hinderks joined Berkowitz Oliver as an associate attorney on September 12. Carson is a graduate of Colorado State University, College of Business, with a B.S. in Business Administration, and the University of Kansas School of Law. After law school, he spent four years representing businesses and private individuals in state and federal energy and public utility matters at a law firm in Overland Park, Kansas. Most recently, he was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Daniel D. Crabtree, …

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September 22, 2016

Partner Tim West on Missouri Legislature’s Veto Session

The Missouri Legislature’s veto session began on Wednesday, September 14.  By the end of Day 1, 13 of Governor Nixon’s 20 vetoes had been overridden. Berkowitz Oliver partner Tim West is authoring a series of articles on the impact of the bills under consideration. The first article in the series allows concealed carry without a permit and expands the so-called “stand your ground” law. For the full article, click here .

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September 15, 2016

Partner Stacey Gilman on New Era of Copyright Liability for ISPs

A recent ruling by a federal court in Virginia has people talking again about a subject that hasn’t gotten much attention since AOL mailed out its last free-trial cd: the potential liability of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for their subscribers’ online copyright infringement. For nearly two decades, ISPs have been enjoying largely worry-free “safe harbor” protection from such liability under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Some are now wondering if ISPs need to start worrying. For the full article by …

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September 7, 2016

Partner Jeff Morris Joins Midwest Innocence Project Board of Directors

Berkowitz Oliver partner Jeff Morris was recently selected to the Board of Directors of the Midwest Innocence Project. The Midwest Innocence Project is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the investigation, litigation, and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, and Arkansas. The Midwest Innocence Project was founded a decade ago through the UMKC School of Law and is part of the national Innocence Network . It is based in Kansas City, MO.

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September 6, 2016

Partner Shazzie Naseem to Speak at Washington D.C. White Collar Criminal Defense Conference

Berkowitz Oliver partner Shazzie Naseem was selected as a panel speaker for the October 2016 National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) White Collar Conference in Washington, D.C.  The topic of his panel will be “Think Different®: Meeting Your Ethical Obligations in the Electronic Frontier.”  Shazzie will join a panel that includes Prof. Jennifer Daskal (Washington, DC); William Fick, Assistant Federal Public Defender (Boston, MA); Gerald Goldstein (San Antonio, TX); and Eric Vandevelde (Los Angeles, CA). This is Shazzie’s second selection as …

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September 2, 2016

Berkowitz Oliver Attorneys Solana Flora and Ben Carr Sworn Into W.D. Mo.

Berkowitz Oliver attorneys Solana Flora and  Ben Carr  were sworn as members of the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri on Friday, September 2, 2016. Solana comes to Berkowitz Oliver from Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago, IL. A native of the Kansas City area and graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, she clerked for the Hon. Carol A. Beier on the Kansas Supreme Court. Her practice primarily focuses on business litigation and intellectual property matters. Ben also comes …

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