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St. Louis Inland River Seminar – 9/20/2022

Fox Smith, LLC and Waterways Journal are hosting the St. Louis Inland River Seminar on September 20, 2022 at the Missouri Athletic Club. This is a full day seminar and will include topics such as The Future of Containers on the River, Agreements That Protect Marine Employers, Broker Perspective on Marine Insurance Provisions, a panel of Personal Injury Damage Experts on Life Care Plans, PTSD, and Future Employment, and a panel discussion (including a former federal judge and jury consultant) of What Impacts Juries and Verdicts. For more information, please email shurst@foxsmithlaw.com.

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SHANNON OBERKROM JOINS FOX SMITH, LLC

Shannon Oberkrom joined Fox Smith in 2022. Shannon focuses her practice in the area of admiralty and maritime law. Prior to joining Fox Smith, she practiced in a regional admiralty/maritime law firm located in St. Louis for 9 years. Shannon is licensed in Missouri and Illinois. She graduated from Saint Louis University Law School in 2009. Shannon received a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Summa Cum Laude, in 2002.

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Transparency in Insurance Coverage Rules

In late 2020, the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Treasury (Departments) issued the Transparency in Coverage Rules (TiC Final Rules) that was enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. The TiC rules are effective July 1, 2022, requiring group health plans and insurance carriers to disclose detailed pricing information in two separate Machine-Readable Files (MRFs). CIGNA – A URL link with the MRF data will be posted on https://www.cigna.com/

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Ryan Mohr to Speak at St. Louis Paralegal Association

Ryan Mohr will present at the St. Louis Paralegal Association’s July 21 educational meeting. Ryan will be teaming up with Scott Schaffer, Chief Information Security Officer of Blade Technologies to address the group on ESI Rules and Cybersecurity. The presentation is titled: “Practical Considerations for E-Discovery, Cyber Security and Data Privacy.” For more information, visit: https://stlpa.org/.

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BART SULLIVAN & RYAN MOHR SUCCESSFULLY OBTAINED A TRO AND PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION

Fox Smith partners Bart Sullivan and Ryan Mohr successfully obtained a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction from the Circuit Court of Marion County, Illinois, relating to a multi-million dollar development planned by three defendants to encroach within our client’s pipeline right-of-way. The encroachment would have seen the construction of multiple structures near and, in some instances, over the top of our client’s pipeline, raising various safety and hazard concerns as well as jeopardizing our client’s use of the pipeline. Defendants alleged that, in their sole discretion, they had the right to dictate the width of our client’s recorded easement. The Court disagreed, aligning with Mr. Sullivan’s and Mr. Mohr’s position in finding the defendants acted “in unilateral disregard for plaintiff’s easement.” Typically, a plaintiff seeking a preliminary injunction, if successful, is directed to post a security bond as a safeguard for the enjoined party should the plaintiff be unsuccessful at the permanent injunction hearing. Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Mohr were successful in convincing the Court not to impose any bond, saving our client considerable expense. After several months of litigation, including significant written discovery and nine depositions with several more planned, the defendants’ position eroded and the parties were able to reach a settlement that protected our client’s pipeline interests.

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Richard Korn and Mike Donelson Obtain Defense Verdict in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Fox Smith partners, Richard Korn and Mike Donelson, obtained a defense verdict after a four week wrongful death medical malpractice trial in Williamson County, Illinois. Richard and Mike represented an obstetrician/gynecologist who treated a 73 year old patient on medical maintenance anti-coagulation therapy for urinary incontinence. After performing a Tension Free Vaginal Tape surgery in September 2013, the patient was admitted to the hospital for anti-coagulation bridging therapy. On post-op day two, the patient’s condition began to deteriorate and continued to worsen over the course of the next twelve hours at which time a CT of abdomen showed significant internal bleeding in the pelvis. Approximately twenty-four hours later, the patient passed away from internal bleeding, leaving a husband and five adult children. In the subsequently filed lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged that Richard and Mike’s client was liable on theories of Lack of Informed Consent and Professional Negligence for failing to timely diagnose and treat the internal bleeding. Plaintiff retained five experts during the course of the litigation and 41 depositions were taken. After 3 1/2 hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of not guilty in favor of Richard and Mike’s client.

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Fox Smith, LLC Partners Named 2021 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

Five Fox Smith, LLC Partners have been named 2021 Super Lawyers/Rising Stars. Those attorneys are Ron Fox (Transportation and Maritime), Tom Smith (Medical Malpractice Defense), Richard Korn (Employment Defense Litigation), Sarah Mangelsdorf (Environmental), and Margaret (Meggie) Devereux Gentzen (Employment Defense Litigation). Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Congratulations to our honorees!

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Sarah Mangelsdorf and Pete Cosgrove to speak at AIChE (The American Institute of Chemical Engineers St. Louis) Meeting

Sarah Mangelsdorf and Pete Cosgrove of Fox Smith, LLC will be speaking to the AIChE St. Louis Chapter on November 16, 2021. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers is a professional organization for chemical engineers. Sarah’s topic is “Responding to Government Inquires.: Pete will be giving an Employment Law Update: “How to Protect Yourself and Your Business in the era of “Me-Too.”

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Sarah Mangelsdorf Named Vice Chair of Missouri Bar’s Environmental & Energy Law Committee

Sarah Mangelsdorf, a Partner at Fox Smith LLC, has been named Vice Chair of the Missouri Bar Association’s Environmental & Energy Law Committee. This committee seeks to advance the fields of environmental and energy law by exploring developments in law and policy, with an emphasis on topics of local and regional import; encouraging dialogue among attorneys in the private, public, and non-profit sectors; fostering relationships between regulators and the regulated community; and building collaborative relationships with local law schools to inspire future environmental and energy leaders. The committee will promote this mission by co-sponsoring CLE and networking events with local universities, industry, and other interested parties.