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Richard Korn and Meggie Gentzen Defeat Writ of Mandamus

Richard Korn and Meggie Gentzen are defending a not-for-profit organization in an employment discrimination case brought under the Missouri Human Rights Act in the Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri. After the lawsuit was filed, they filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings based on the fact that the plaintiff had obtained a right-to-sue from the EEOC, but not the MCHR. The trial court, inclined to grant the motion, allowed the plaintiff time to request a right-to-sue from the Commission. Richard and Meggie lodged objections with the Commission on the basis that the Plaintiff’s request was untimely. The Commission agreed and denied the plaintiff’s request. The plaintiff then filed a Writ of Mandamus in the Circuit Court of Cole County, Missouri asking the court to compel the Commission to issue a right-to-sue. After the issue was fully briefed and argued, the court denied the plaintiff’s request for a Writ. A great result and likely a quick ending to the case!

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Ryan Mohr & Sarah Mangelsdorf speak at Chemical Industry Council of Illinois Event

Ryan Mohr and Sarah Mangelsdorf will speak at the Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) event on February 13. The event is co-sponsored by CICI and Gateway Society of Hazardous Materials Managers (GSHMM) The duo will speak on the topic “How to Stay in Compliance and Out of Trouble” at the Environmental Enforcement St. Louis Seminar at The Engineers Club of St. Louis. For more information, please visit https://www.cicil.net/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=58&Itemid=115&year=2020&month=02&day=13&title=cici-a-gshmm-environmental-enforcement-seminar-st-louis&uid=6c0670e198d11a092c0e4376120fa988

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Richard Korn & Sarah Mangelsdorf Obtain Defense Verdict

Richard Korn and Sarah Mangelsdorf recently obtained a defense verdict in favor of their client, a general contractor, after a three day jury trial before Judge Michael Mullen in the Circuit Court of the City of St. Louis. In the case, the Plaintiff was the owner of a 197 unit student apartment building near the campus of St. Louis University. In July 2012, the building was significantly damaged by a fire. Richard and Sarah’s client was retained to demolish and reconstruct the portion of the building destroyed by the fire, and rehab/renovate another section of the building damaged by the inundation of the building with water during the fire suppression effort.

Two years later, in May 2015, a building employee opened a valve on the building’s first floor resulting in the failure of a pipe in the ceiling, a large scale flood, and $350,000+ in property damage. In addition to claiming that the plumbing subcontractor installed a defective plumbing system, Plaintiff’s theory was that Richard and Sarah’s client, the general contractor, improperly and negligently concealed the existence of the allegedly defective plumbing by drywalling over it and not creating an access panel in the ceiling so that the existence of this plumbing could be discovered. After deliberating for only 45 minutes, the jury returned a defense verdict.

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Lawrence L. Pratt has joined Fox Smith, LLC

Larry Pratt, a Washington University School of Law graduate, recently joined the Fox Smith team. Prior to joining Fox Smith, Larry practiced at mid-sized defense firms in their St. Louis offices. Before entering private practice, Larry was an Assistant Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis, Missouri. Larry focuses his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, construction, trucking, premises liability, auto liability, errors and omissions, municipality defense, employment and appellate work.